Ellen Sylvia McVeigh


Funeral services for Ellen Sylvia McVeigh were held 11 A.M., Friday, June 14, 2019 at Living Truth Church in Madisonville. Evangelist Jeff Taylor officiated the service, and burial followed in Madisonville Cemetery.

Pallbearers: John Smith, Mitchell Foor, Obie Harrison, Tommy Parker, Patrick Gent, Luke Mahaffey, Tom Patton, Clif McVeigh

Ellen Sylvia McVeigh age 79 passed away peacefully on June 10, 2019 in her home surrounded by love. She was born April 3, 1940 in Houston Texas, by parents Ellen and Reverend Melvin Smith.

Some people are born with unbelievable talent, it is truly rare but happened in her life. At 3 years old Sylvia crawled up on to a church piano that her father pastored and began learning the basics with her dad. Taking that knowledge and a keen ear she self taught herself to what we have all heard her play. Sylvia did not just play piano she tickled keys and made your ears smile. She began playing for her father's churches in New Jersey until it was time to go off to college, Evangel College in Springfield, Missouri. After a while she moved back Houston,Texas and began to play for churches there including First Assembly of Pasadena and Faith Assembly of God in Pasadena.

She was a full-time pianist at this point but could play any instrument from an organ to an accordion, but her true talent was her voice and piano and both were a gift for us all. For the last 34 years she had called Madisonville, Texas her home. Playing at Living Truth Church with her husband Reverend, Pastor Lon McVeigh ministering through her music and God's word. Her commitment and drive for the Lord was something to be admired. There was not a more pure of heart or servant for God.

She will be greatly missed by her surviving family, daughter, Brenda Foor; son-in-law Mitchell Foor , son, Rick Kemp; daughter-in-law, Teresa Kemp; daughters, Leah Mcveigh, Heather Arcoles and son, Clif McVeigh; grandchildren,Heather Kemp, Alexis Salinas, Laurell Rodgers, Jaylenn Liccioni, Greg Smith (Carrie), Courtney, Heidi, Peyton; great-grandchildren, Blaize Kemp, Mickey Mould, Zeplan Salinas; nephew, John Smith and wife, MaryAnn Potter and great nieces, Bailee Smith and Olivia Smith.

"her love was like a shining star; she could light up any room with a smile "

Rick Kemp

"She was a bright light of Hope"

Heather Kemp

"Christmas will never be the same'

Alexis Salines

"God given talent on piano with a voice like a Angel"

Rick Kemp

"if you took a precious moment with a touch of Tinkerbell and glittered it in love you would get Sylvia"

Teresa Kemp

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Living Truth Church, 1100 North May Street, Madisonville, Texas 77864.

Madisonville Funeral Home in Madisonville, Texas was entrusted with arrangements.