Shyla Relva passed away at home with her daughter, Jan, at her side. Shyla was born in North Dakota and grew up in Seneca, Oregon where she attended grade school. Later she moved to Grants Pass, Oregon where she graduated from Grants Pass High. In the Bay Area, Shyla worked in and retired from the shipping industry. She was a delight to her co-workers.
Shyla loved sports, but the Bay Area teams had her heart. If she wasn’t watching the Giants on television she was listening to them on KNBR. She knew more than most about the 49er’s and loved discussing them with her son and grandson. She never turned down an opportunity to watch her favorite teams play in the city by the Bay. Booing the Dodgers was basically second nature to her.
Shyla was a loving wife, mother, sister, cousin, grandmother, and friend. Her sharp wit and quickness to laugh made those around her happy to share her company. She was constantly thinking of others. That cat trinket on your shelf? It was probably a happy Wednesday gift from her. She loved shopping, BINGO, a day at the casino, and above all, Elvis. She knew how to savor the sweet things in life and never missed a chance to do so. Shyla was never one to keep her opinion to herself. If you didn’t want to know it, don’t ask. She loved to sparkle in any and every way possible. She used fabulously decorated clothes, bags, and jewelry to make sure you knew that spotlight was hers. Shyla is survived by her husband, Frank Relva. Her two children, a daughter, Jan Nowak (Bob), and a son, Gary Chitwood, her two step children, Eric Relva and Gina Relva, her siblings, Yvonne
Saunders, David Vancil, and Buck Vancil. Nieces Wanda Wenick (Lindsey), Christine Elledge (Steve), and Jennifer Miller, her nephews Larry Chestnut (Kelly), Gordon Beil, Curtis Vancil and Eric Vancil, and her grandchildren, Brittany Carrico, Daniel Carrico, Jack Relva, Tori Relva and Ryan Long, as well as her many great nieces, nephews and friends.
If you knew Shyla, you would know that she never wanted a funeral. A party will be held next month. Please reach out to the family for details if you would like to join us in celebrating this wonderful woman’s life.
Manteca (Calif.) Bulletin
Saturday, March 23, 2019