Sylvia Ruth Townsend Menser came into this world on January 11, 1935, from
the union of John Amos and Ruth Cantrell Townsend. She was the second to be born in a family of six children in
Oklahoma City. She attended Dunbar Elementary school in her younger years and graduated from Douglass High School
class of 1952, in Oklahoma City.
While at Douglass, she participated in many organizations serving as President and holding other offices. Sylvia was an honor student and took her studies seriously. After graduation she was blessed to be in a position to get accepted and attend Talladega College in Tuskegee, Alabama. During her two years at Talladega, in the mid- fifties there arose aclimate of racial unrest in the south. Fearing for her safety and knowing her personality her parents thought it would be best to have her transfer back home to enroll in Oklahoma City University.
She completed her work with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Oklahoma City University
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