Sybil P. Sides
1931 — 2018
I was born in Wyoming in a small mining town that no longer exists. My father (Ruel de St. Jeor) was a miner who died when I was 3 weeks old. My mother was left with no money and no job training in the days when welfare didn't exist. So we moved to Hollywood with her grandmother's help and she went to business school. Hollywood was beautiful then, clean and sunny and I enjoyed life even though we lived in boarding houses and had very little money.
When I was 9 my mother married a wealthy man who owned Morrow's Nut Houses, a chain of nut and candy stores. We lived in Palm Springs and San Bernardino where I graduated from high school. Life with money was very pleasant but when I was 19 I married and reverted to poverty. I had four children, three girls and a boy, and raised them while moving from Southern California to Northern California and eventually to Clatskanie, Ore. I divorced after a 24 year marriage.
I had only one year of college at Whittier College so I took a job at minimum wage as an outreach worker with seniors. I took advantage of all the training and workshops available and soon was promoted to a position as a program developer at the Community Action Team in St. Helens, Ore. I was involved in starting up many social programs including food banks, battered women's shelters, and housing projects. Eventually I went to work for a program for developmentally delayed adults at the Riverside Training Center in Columbia County, Ore., as a fundraiser and, for a time, the acting director.
In 1987 I moved to Longview and took a job as the emergency services director at Lower Columbia Community Action Council. This involved overseeing the Help Warehouse, and various other programs such as VISTA, Child Care Resource and Referral, and FEMA. I retired from that position in 1998 and did volunteer work with CASA and the Humane Society until 2004, when I took the position of regional ombudsman at LCCAC. I worked at the position until I again retired in 2007. My life has been full of family, friends and lots of satisfying jobs. - Sybil Sides
Sybil continued to volunteer until her health no longer allowed it, most recently as past president for the Friends of St. John. She passed away April 3, 2018.
In addition to her father she was preceded in death by her mother, Phyllis Mapes; a sister, Candace Clark; and a grandson, Danny Stebbins.
Survivors include a sister, Marilyn Letsos (Nick); a brother-in-law, Charles Clark; four children, Susan Sherman (Elvin), Karen Odenthal (Mike), John Sides (Casey), and Tina McCain (Bill); a stepdaughter, Nancy Stebbins (Ron); as well as grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Please join us in a celebration of Sybil's life from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 5th at the Monticello Hotel, 1405 17th Ave., Longview (her home for the past 31 years).