Sybil Worthy was born on October 11, 1932, in Colon, Republic of Panama to the late Hubert Wallace and Louise Coverly. The fourth of five children, Sybil attended Pablo Arosemena (elementary school) and completed her formal education at Williams High School in Colon, Panama.
In May 1969, she migrated with her children to the United States. While attending a boat ride later that year, Sybil bumped into a familiar face, ballroom dancer and old friend from back home, Gilbert Worthy. In becoming reacquainted and as fate would have it, in time Sybil and Gilbert became the love of each other lives. Life in the United States was off to a rewarding start for Sybil, especially since she married her best friend, Gilbert. They built a home together in South Ozone Park, Queens, New York, and raised their children. Over the years Sybil's family grew with the addition of grandchildren and eventually great and great-great-grandchildren who all adored her.
Though her native Panama was forever the foundation and always in her heart, Sybil became a proud citizen of the United States on June 27, 1985. She was employed by Pioneer Supermarket for over 25 years as a meat wrapper until her retirement. Sybil shared her passion for hard work and the value of money with her granddaughters at an early age. They would often spend summers working hard alongside their grandmother and enjoyed quality time over lunch.
The matriarch of her family, Sybil's children, and grandchildren were her pride and joy. She enjoyed any time spent together and loved for them to join her to indulge in some of her favorite television programs: Walker Texas Ranger, Matlock, and Knots Landing to name a few. Sybil loved to cook. Sundays were for family dinners, and although it would become noisy, the house filled with music, laughter and good times. Even at the tender age of 85 years young, Sybil was one of the best dancers around. She most enjoyed her native music (salsa) and loved to party with her family and show off her moves. If you ever wondered why her children and grandchildren love to dance, honestly, they got it from her. Sybil had a quick wit and loved to fuss with her sons-in-law Alfonso (Fonso) and Norman (Shine Up), who nicknamed her, Fox. They teased her mercilessly, and she would always say to them "why don't you leave me alone" as she smiled. They drove her crazy, but she marveled at all the attention. Her devotion went beyond her immediate family, as she loved her nieces and nephews with an equal amount of intensity.
Sybil was loving, independent, vibrant, strong, fearless, sassy and supportive. She was sugar & spice, affectionately known as Sweetheart to her grandchildren. She would talk about them to anyone who would lend an ear. Sybil's love for her children and grandchildren was unmatched. She often bragged to anyone she met that she had 21 grand, 17 great-grand, and two great-great-grandchildren. With so many grand and great-grandchildren, they would regularly compete for the position of "grandma's favorite" and challenged her to declare it out loud. To the grands, she would exude an energy and will unparalleled in nature.
In 2002, Sybil and her late husband joined St. Paul Community Baptist Church. They attended services faithfully. To say she loved her church family is an understatement. She made sure to put her stamp on the 3rd row, 2nd seat every Sunday. She would greet Pastor and some of the Elders regularly with hugs and kisses, and if they weren't within reach, you'd often see her blow a kiss in their direction. With an open heart, she would walk across the aisle, if necessary, just to embrace any visitors and welcome them to the church.
Sybil lived with her daughter, Barbara, and son-in-law, Alfonso for many years, and in November 2017 she went to reside with her son, Fernando and his fiance Margie. On Wednesday, January 17, 2018, with family by her side, Sybil passed away peacefully at Riverview Medical Center in New Jersey. She enjoyed one last dance here on earth, celebrating New Year's Eve surrounded by family and friends. With a rich legacy instilled in her children, promising seeds sown in her grandchildren and a lasting impression made on everyone she touched, Sybil realized her work here was complete. Accepting her calling; heaven gained an angel.
Preceding her in death are her husband Gilbert Worthy, brother Alberto Coverly and youngest son, Alex Bascumbe.
She leaves to cherish her loving memory her daughters: Yolanda Bell (Norman), Barbara Sterling (Alfonso), and Yvette Morales (Rolando); her sons: Armando Bell, Fernando Bell (Margie) and Clarence Bascumbe; two sisters: Mavis Cumberbach and Joyce Hamilton; her brother, Geraldo DelValle (Prudencia); 14 granddaughters, 7 grandsons, 10 great-granddaughters, 7 great-grandsons, 2 great-great-grandsons and a host of nieces, nephews, godchildren, family and friends.