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Sylvia Martel Bigbee

June 2, 1948 — February 20, 2022

Sylvia M. Bigbee passed away on Sunday, February 20, 2022 at Wake Med Hospital in Raleigh, NC after suffering complications from a fall. She was proceeded in death by her devoted and loving husband James (Buddy) W. Bigbee who passed Sunday, June 7, 2020 from lung disease. Sylvia was born in 1948 just after WWII in Wiesbaden, Germany to her mother Marta Oppermann, and moved to Washington, DC in 1960. James Bigbee was born in Oklahoma City in 1946 to John Bigbee and Donna Bigbee (Hill), and moved to Washington, DC in 1950. Buddy and Sylvia met through mutual friends not long after Sylvia arrived in DC and joined together as one in marriage on October 1, 1965. As they began their journey in life, Buddy’s family embraced Sylvia, giving her the family she had never had, full of life and love, deeply rooted in God’s faith. Buddy and Sylvia were the son and daughter-in-law to the late John Bigbee and late Penny Bigbee (step mother), daughter and son in law to the late Marta Oppermann, the loving parents to Daniel Bigbee, Michele Smith (Bigbee) and Donna White DeLay (Bigbee), in-laws to Mark Smith and Erik DeLay, brother and sister-in-law to Kirsten Morisi (Bigbee) and Donald Morisi, the late Babs Norwood (Bigbee), the late Gene Norwood, and the late Johnny Bigbee, and Omi and Papa to their most precious love of all, their grandchildren, Jessica White, Benjamin White, Rachel Bigbee, James Smith, and Rebecca Baker (Smith) and great-granddaughters, Adilyn Smith and Ava Baker. They will forever be in our thoughts and hearts. Due to the pandemic restrictions, the family was unable to hold services for Buddy so they felt it was only appropriate to hold a memorial service for both Buddy and Sylvia. We hope you will join us in a celebration of their life together, their reunion in heaven, and their eternal love at Lee Funeral Home Calvert, 8200 Jennifer Lane, Owings, MD 20736 on Saturday, April 2, 2022 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm where a Memorial Service will be held at 12:00 pm in the Funeral Home Chapel. If you wish to make a donation in their memory in lieu of flowers, please consider donating to CAWL, Calvert Animal Welfare League http://www.cawlrescue.org. or the American Lung Association 55 W. Wacker Drive, Suite 1150, Chicago, IL 60601 https://action.lung.org/ To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Sylvia Martel Bigbee please visit our Sympathy Store.

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Memorial Gathering

Saturday, April 2, 2022

10:00am - 12:00 pm (Eastern time)

Lee Funeral Home Calvert

8200 Jennifer Ln, Owings, MD 20736

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Memorial Service

Saturday, April 2, 2022

Starts at 12:00 pm (Eastern time)

Lee Funeral Home Calvert

8200 Jennifer Ln, Owings, MD 20736

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Memorial Gathering

Lee Funeral Home Calvert

8200 Jennifer Ln, Owings, MD 20736

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Memorial Service

Lee Funeral Home Calvert

8200 Jennifer Ln, Owings, MD 20736

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