Sylvia Hossack

April 19, 1939- July 15, 2017

Sylvia Hossack of Danvers, MA, daughter of the late Dorothy Disbrow Adams and Richard Howard Peabody. Stepdaughter of the late William Barrett Cram. Widow of the late Ian William Hossack and sister of the late Emily Meintzer Collins. Leaves behind a brother Barrett A Cram of Redding, CT, nieces Sara A Cram of Stamford, CT, Stephanie L Cram of Brookline, MA, Julie M Gebhard of Westwood, MA , Robin M Gaston of Gloucester, MA, Holly M Wainwright of Stamford, CT , a nephew, Reid A Meintzer of New Cannan, CT and many great nieces and nephews.

“Sylvie” was born in Norwalk, CT and graduated from the University of New Mexico where she met her husband Ian. She later received a Master’s in Art from Texas Woman’s University and an Associates Degree in Science from Imperial Valley College. Together they spent many years in Kauai, HI, as Ian was raised on a sugar plantation in Paauhau. His position with Boeing later moved them to Kwajalein in the Marshall Islands, and then to Bellevue WA . Sylvie’s careers included teaching high school on the Islands, lecturing in education, working with children as an emergency and critical care nurse in her Seattle home base, and later as a free lance writer.

A childhood battle with polio and extensive travel gave Sylvie a unique perspective on life. In addition, she had a lifelong love affair with the Islands and the native people who lived there. Her vast experiences and treasured friendships were reflected in her children’s books, The Flying Chickens of Paradise Lane and Green Mango Magic, both of which won recognition throughout the literary world. Sylvie enjoyed life! She had a beautiful, kind spirit, and was a friend to all. She wanted to share her happiness and joy with everyone.

A celebration of her life is planned at Putnam Farm in Danvers on July 29, 2017 at 10:00am. Sylvie’s family is very grateful to the staff there for their dedicated care, love and support. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to Friends of Sakonnet Lighthouse, Inc., Box 154, Little Compton, RI 02837 or Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, 3815 Washington St., Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

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  1. Harriet Marple Plehn on July 26, 2017 at 3:49 pm

    I just went online to see if I could locate Sylvia and discovered this sad news. Sylvie was a very dear friend from childhood, and we always kept in touch and exchanged visits through the years. She didn’t tell me she was leaving Seattle for Danvers. I was ultimately able to track her down, and we had a very good talk, though I wasn’t sure she remembered me. Thereafter we lost touch.

    Thank you for posting such a beautiful picture of Sylvie. I would most definitely come to your celebration if I could but, alas, I am driving to Canada to visit a friend tomorrow and won’t be back until August 1. I am truly sorry not to be able to be there . I send my sincere condolences to all of Sylvie’s family.

  2. Guillory Family on July 28, 2017 at 2:55 pm

    To family and friends of Sylvia Hossack,

    We extend our heartfelt condolences for your loss. Please be assured of God’s enduring love for you, his concern with your well-being, and his willingness to help you endure this difficult time. (1 Peter 5:7) We pray that God’s promise at Revelation 21:4 will provide you comfort in the days to come. For further comforting thoughts, please visit

    The Guillory Family

  3. Kirby Larson on August 10, 2017 at 8:30 pm

    This lovely photo of Sylvie captures her love and joy. She was a treasured friend and writing colleague. I miss her very much.

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