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Sylvene Nye,  WW1 Vet
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Sylvene Nye, Roseville Born 1880, Daughter of Caroline (Surname Unknown) and Dr. Orin Nye of Roseville.  Taught in Roseville 1902    She served as a nurse in WW1. Died 1923. Buried Watson Cemetery, Roseville
 Sylveen A. Nye (#18472) was born 1880.  Sylveen died 16 AUG 1923 in Reading, New York, at age 43.  NYE, SYLVENE
    BRAVE WAR NURSE MADE SUPREME SACRIFICE—Sylvene Nye Answers Final Call—Overwork and Exposure While in Europe With Colors Caused Death of Heroic Nurse
    Sylvene Ahaya Nye, daughter of Orrin S. Nye and the late Caroline Drake Nye, passed from this life to life eternal at her father’s home at Rutland, Penna., on July 3, 1924.  She was born in Columbus Ohio, soon after her father, located in Rutland, where Sylvene’s childhood and early girlhood were passed. She graduated from Mansfield State Normal School and for several years engaged in teaching in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.  In 1914, she entered the training school for nurses connected with Roosevelt Hospital and had been but a few months graduated when the United States entered the World War. She immediately volunteered in the Roosevelt-Mackey Unit, which sailed for France one week after General Pershing. After several months’ service at U. S. Official Headquarters at Chauniont, she was, at her request transferred to Evacuation Hospital No. 4. She served in the following engagements:  Champagne-Marne, Aisne-Marne, Olse-Marne, St. Mihiel, Meuse-Argonne and Defensive Sector.  She was awarded the Croix de Guerre with gilt star by the French government for her bravery, devotion to duty and heroic conduct when Evacuation Hospital No. 4 was shelled by the enemy on November 2, 1918. It was overwork and exposure at this time that caused the illness that later cost her life.  After the Armistice Miss Nye spent several months on duty at Coblenz, Germany. She is survived by her father, Dr. Orrin S. Nye; one brother, Delos F. Nye, of Rio Vista, California, sister, Margaret, now Mrs. James Paul, of Spokane, Wash., and a half-sister, Frances Carolyn Nye, of Rutland, Penna., all of whom were able to be with her for several weeks preceding her demise.  A splendid, noble, useful woman is gone.  During long months of helplessness no murmur of complaint passed her lips; her cheerfulness, her patience, her courage were marvelous and evoked the admiration and love of all.  Just a few moments before the end, she turned to her little sister Carolyn, and said, “Don’t be afraid, Honey, I am just napping.”  To her classmates and the nurses of Roosevelt Hospital she was greatly attached.  Any story of her life would be incomplete without mention of their loyalty and affectionate devotion to her.  Their many acts and deeds of kindness gave her cheer and comfort and did much to help her bear her burden of helplessness. “Sylvene does not fear, Sylvene is a soldier,” said one of her devoted nurse friends, during her illness, and surely no soldier ever met death more bravely than she. One more flower of America’s youth has made the Supreme Sacrifice. Her body was interred AUG 1923 in Watson Cemetery,Roseville, Rutland Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania.
1902 - The directors had quite a time in securing a teacher for the boro school. After quite a number of votes were cast, the last vote was taken, and Sylvene Nye was the teacher engaged. The school began Monday.
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Published On Tri-Counties Site On 10/31/2003
By Joyce M. Tice

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