September 3, 1942 - February 20, 2020
Lynda Sill Mays, 77, of Westminster, Texas, was called home to Glory on Thursday, 02/20/2020, at 10:20 am. She was surrounded by loved ones as she left her earthly body and flew high with Jesus to her completely healed body in heaven. We rejoice in her healing, but we miss her more than any words could ever describe.
Lynda was born September 03, 1942, the third child born to Raymond and Lillie Lucille (Housley) Sill. She was raised in Dallas, Texas, and had many stories about living on Sadler Circle as a child. She attended Maple Lawn School, Rusk Junior High, graduating from Crozier Tech High School in Dallas in 1960.
Shortly before her high school graduation, she married Johnny Mays, Jr. This union produced undoubtedly 5 of the best children any parents could ever have: Johnna, James “Bubba,” Joanna, Janna, and Janine. She was devoted to her family, especially her children, serving as a Girl Scout leader, den mother for the Boy Scouts, softball coach, and was an active member of the PTA at the schools her children attended.
Lynda and Johnny began raising their children in Dallas, before moving to Lancaster, TX. In 1972, while driving around Van Alstyne, TX, Lynda saw and fell in love with the big 2-story house at 612 SW Main Street. In April of 1973, the family moved into that beautiful house and made a home out of it, residing there until April of 1984.
During her time in Van Alstyne, Lynda owned and operated The Junk Box in downtown VA, an ahead-of-the-times thrift store. She was definitely innovative! In the late 1970’s, she began working at the Dairy Queen in Van Alstyne, and by 1980, she was managing it, ensuring her children would all have jobs as teenagers. During her time managing the DQ, she cemented so many of the friendships she had with the friends of her children; relationships that continued the remainder of her life.
In 1984, she moved to Dallas, and after working at the Waffle House and AT&T, she went to work for the United States Postal Service. She worked at the Bent Tree Post Office, before eventually transferring to the Kleberg Post Office. She formed many lifelong friendships at each of the places that she worked.
In 2007, she retired from the USPS due to declining health issues. Upon retirement, she decided to move to be closer to the majority of her children, settling in Westminster, Texas. She enjoyed being in the country and the slow pace of living in a small town, where she forged new friendships. It was here that she was residing at the time of her death.
She lived a life devoted to her large, beautiful family. She touched so many lives, many of whom she had no clue. This was evidenced by the number of loved ones who were able to visit with her the day before her homegoing. More than 60 of her family and friends were able to visit with her that day. It was a testament to the power of love. During these visits, she encouraged everyone to make amends and heal relationships, to love one another and ourselves, go to church and get involved, and most importantly of all, come to know Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Saviour.
Those left to cherish her memory are her children, Johnna Werner, Bubba Mays, Joanna Turner, Janna Mays, and Janine Lane; sons-in-law, Bob, Larry, #7 “Mike,” and James; daughter-in-law, Lisa; grandchildren, Steven (Aymee), Richard, Aaron (Adreana), Alicia (Neal), Stephanie (Nick), Jessica (JR), Larry Don (Lyndsey), Erica, Pamela, Jocelyn (Herb), Jennifer (Carl), Courtney, Megan (Justin), Adrienne (Randy), Casey, Lindsey, Timothy “Bo,” and Kelly (Kevin); 40 great grandchildren; sister, Ann Perdue; extended family; best friend, Mary (Johnny); and countless other friends.
She was preceded in death by parents, Raymond and Lillie Lucille Sill; brothers, Raymond Sill and Tommy Sill; sister-in-law, Polly Sill; brother-in-law, Bob Perdue; uncle and aunt, Earl and Lois Womack; great grandson, Dakota Gage Dotson; great granddaughter, Lillie Lucille Compton; and great-great grandson, Maverick David Carpio.
Honorary pall bearers are nephews, Donnie Sill, Brad Perdue, Beau Sill, and Tony Rasmussen; and friends, Bobby Stephens, Steve Edmonds, Billy Cook, and Jackie Wilkins.
Lynda was very generous in life, and gave to a number of charities. In lieu of flowers, please consider giving to one of the following charities.
Visitation will be held on Saturday, February 29, 2020 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm in the Brooks Family Chapel of the North Dallas Funeral Home, 2710 Valley View Lane, Farmers Branch, Texas 75234.
Funeral services will be on Sunday, March 1, 2020 at 3:00 pm in the Brooks Family Chapel.
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