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Sylvia Magers, 47, of Annandale, Virginia, founding governor and treasurer of The Voting Integrity Project, died of cancer Saturday morning at Whispering Pines Hospice in Ridgeland, Mississippi.
Sylvia was a graduate of Holmes Community College and Delta State University. In addition to her bachelor's degree from Delta State, she received a masters degree in education with an emphasis in history.
After college, Sylvia taught history at Horn Lake Junior High in DeSoto County for fifteen years. While working there she earned a second masters degree, an MBA with an emphasis in governmental administration, from the University of Memphis. Sylvia brought her love of education and history to bear in shaping an education program at VIP.
The Voting Integrity Project will name its young voter outreach program in her honor and dedicate new resources to the program. Deborah Phillips, Sylvia's friend and Chairman of VIP, said, "Sylvia devoted herself to her principles and her country, and her legacy will continue." The Sylvia Magers Young Voter Outreach Program will advocate rigorous civics curriculum in the nation's high schools combined with poll worker training and service inside community polling places to earn credits toward graduation. Sylvia believed this combination would produce engaged voters for life.
Survivors include her mother, Faustina Willey Magers, of Sandhill and her brother David, his wife Tina, and their sons Brandon and Andrew Magers, all of Clinton, Mississippi.
Click here to read VIP President Deborah Phillips' eulogy read at Sylvia's funeral on Monday, November 27.