Sylvia DeVoss was born on June 20, 1930 in British Columbia, Canada, home to her parents Paul and Signe Schutz who immigrated from Norway, along with her four brothers, prior to her birth. She was raised in Pioneer Gold Mine where her father was the mill manager. She graduated high school at age sixteen and attended Redlands University in Southern California, majoring in voice. She performed in opera on big stages, but did not expand her singing career after she and her husband, Hank DeVoss, divorced and she cared exclusively for their three children: Kaeleen, Andrew, and Lishka. Her responsibility to provide financial support guided her decision to obtain training in other fields. She and her children moved from Oregon to Houston, Texas. She worked as a teacher, and then as a trainer in managing employees at a large department store.
She has lived in Utah since 2006 sharing a home with Anita and Scott Plummer. She enjoys the letters, cards, phone calls and visits from her children, two grandchildren, and four great grandchildren. She is accomplished at knitting and at various handcrafts. She died peacefully at home on February 20, 2021.