Sylvia Florence Lief (Sarah Grad)


With great sadness, we announce that on December 1, 2022, Sylvia Florence Lief (Sarah Grad) completed her journey on this earth at age 85. Her last day was spent at her home of 52 years, where she went peacefully onto God.

Sylvia was the second of three children born to Alex and Annette Lief. As a Seattle native, Sylvia attended Garfield High School and Seattle Central Community College and quickly earned a Medical Receptionist certificate. Although learning was meaningful to Sylvia, her primary focus was family. A large portion of her life was devoted to raising her six children Stephani, Rick, Brenda, Leslie, Michael, and Suzane.

Sylvia was a social butterfly and enjoyed many activities over the years, including volleyball, line dancing, and bowling. Sylvia would volunteer at the local voting stations and her church’s clothing bank as a servant to her community.

Sylvia’s faith in God was unmoving. For almost four decades, she was a Kirkland Seventh Day Adventist member. It was a rare day for her parishioners not to see her on Saturdays for service. She enjoyed bible study, potlucks, and participating in many church events.

Having lived a long life, Sylvia outlived many of her loved ones, including her parents, siblings, aunties, and uncles. With a sadness unmeasured, she also survived her son, Michael (1988).

Her children were her heart, and her grandchildren were her light and joy. She leaves behind her remaining children, Stephani, Rick, Brenda, Leslie, and Suzane, 17 grandchildren, and 25 great-grandchildren.

Sylvia’s passion for people will live on through the lives she touched.

A memorial will be held at Kirkland Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 6400 108th Ave NE, Kirkland, WA 98033, Saturday, January 28, 2023, at 4 pm.

13 Responses to “Sylvia Florence Lief (Sarah Grad)”

  • Leslie Ellyn Berens says:

    I love you mom I miss you so much thank you for watching over all of your love ones with grandpa and grandma uncle Larry auntie Shirley and Michael and all of the others We can feel your presence and it’s so reassuring for us all love you always Leslie

  • Cindy Woodall says:

    Rest in Peace.

  • Denise Sherman says:

    Sylvia (Sarah)
    Will be missed.. I always considered her like an Aunt to me. My mom Judy (A.K.A. June Harp/Hasund) and her were very close friends. They also went to the same Ice Arena and Ice Danced and they were friends in the same high school.
    You will be missed by many..
    Prayers to the family

  • Maria Butler says:

    I as so sorry for your loss. Sylvia was a good friend of mine. When I would come out from Tennessee we always managed to get together. Either at my daughters home or out with other friends. We were birthday buddies. We shared the month of July. Sylvia and I frequently messaged each other. We liked to talk. She gave of herself unconditionally. I will truly miss her. Praying for the family.

  • Cory Berens says:

    I love you grandma your love will always be with me no matter were I am. You will be missed very much.

  • Brenda Hi Hughes says:

    I miss you Mom!I know you are watching over all of us. I am blessed to have you as my mom! May you rest in peace. Even though life won’t be the same without you, we will be ok. I love you mom!

  • Brenda Hughes says:

    I miss you mom! I know you are watching over all of us! I am blessed to have you as my mom! May you rest in peace. Even though you are not here,life won’t be the same, but we will be ok.I love you mom!

  • Michael James says:

    Dear auntie, I so miss you and wished I could have stopped by. I know you are now with grandma and grandpa, uncle Larry, Mike and my mom. Rest in peace and some day we will again all be together with in our Lord’s house.

  • Bill Roberts says:

    I remember Sylvia’s smile at church and the kindness in her eyes. She was a brave and resilient person.

  • Nanzy ChandlerBrown says:

    Rest in peace my dear friend. I will miss you Sylvia. Thank you for your many kindnesses and most of all for accepting me into the family unconditionally.

  • Brian Brown says:

    I admire your acceptance and belief in people that were new to you. You trusted many strangers to be honest with you. I will miss hearing about the new adventures in your life. I will think about you always.

  • Joel James says:

    Words can’t express the sorrow. I’ll miss the visits and talking about what ever came up. You helped fill in the blanks on the family tree, and cared enough to drive over just to say hi. My wish is for you and the family to be at peace.

  • Mercy Mkandawire says:

    I have already missed and will continue to miss her beautiful smile and warm hugs every Sabbath at church. She had such a beautiful soul!

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