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Sylvia Bernice (Hutchings) VanGilder

Sylvia Bernice (Hutchings) VanGilder 88, of Garden City, Missouri passed away peacefully on Wednesday June 7, 2023, at St. Luke’s East Hospital in Lee’s Summit, Missouri.

She was born April 2, 1935, to Cecil and Harriet (Chiddix) Hutchings in Latour, Missouri. Sylvia was the youngest of 13 children born to the couple.

She attended the Latour School district and lived near there her whole life.

Sylvia met her late husband LeRoy VanGilder by helping him push his car when he ran out of gas. The couple married on November 13, 1953, and spent the next 68 years together until his passing on July 22, 2022.

Sylvia was a homemaker and raised their three children on the farm. When the kids were grown LeRoy and Sylvia started traveling. The couple traveled all over the state of Missouri going to Bluegrass Music Festivals.

For over 30 years the couple wintered in Texas where they made friends from all over the country that shared their love of music and dancing.

Sylvia and LeRoy became members of the Lake Front Church in Zapata, Texas and attended the Rose Hill Baptist Church when at home.

Sylvia was a loving and caring wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and great-great grandmother that will be greatly missed. LeRoy was surely awaiting her arrival at the gates of heaven with open arms to spend eternity with his beautiful bride.

Surviving her passing are her daughter Mary Becker of Holden; son Rick VanGilder of Holden; eight grandchildren, Michelle Mickelberry, Nathan Yoder, Steve Danforth, Lucas Yoder, Shana VanGilder, Laura Akins, Heather Lewless and Nicole Becker; eight great grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; sisters-in-law Juanita Hutchings of Holden, Jane Hutchings of Holden, Marie Cunningham of Tyler, TX; many nieces and nephews.

Preceding Sylvia in death are her parents Cecil and Harriet; husband LeRoy; daughter Deborah Danforth; brothers Clyde, Cleo, Chester, Hubert, Donnie, Henry, and baby Cecil Hutchings; sisters, Aletha Alley, Bessie Sparks, Alice Gann, Eunice Johnson, and baby Emma Hutchings; son in law, Kim Becker.

The family received friends on Monday evening June 12, 2023, at Campbell-Cast Funeral Home in Holden, Missouri.

There was a Funeral Service on Tuesday morning June 13, 2023, at the funeral home with Larry “Red” Matson, officiating.

Pallbearers were: Nathan Yoder, Lucas Yoder, Travis Mickelberry, Logan Yoder, Jonas Yoder, and Brycen Mickelberry.

Honorary pallbearers, Steve Danforth, Westin Mickelberry, Bill Johnson, Terry Gann, Darrell Hutchings and Chad Ayler.

Interment was at Rose Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials to Rose Hill Cemetery. Online condolences may be left at

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