Sydne was born in Benton, Illinois, to Dr. and Mrs. Lawrence Moore. She moved to Ontario, California at age 17 after the passing of her father. Sydne graduated from Chaffey High School as Salutatorian in the Class of 1951. She then attended the University of Southern California. She was proud to be a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority and freshman princess. While attending USC, she met John T. Tomlinson Jr. who was playing the piano one evening at the Kappa house. Sydne sat down next to John at the piano and their relationship began. They married the following year and moved to Chino after John graduated from USC law school, to be near family. They raised their four daughters in Chino. Sydne was active in Lawyers’ Wives, Rotary Anns, Assistance League and National Charity League as well as a Girl Scout Leader and busy seamstress of many costumes for her daughters’ recitals with Miss Betty’s dance studio. Sydne loved to paint and would talk about art with anyone who would listen. She passed her love of art to her family. Sydne adored her four daughters, Kimberly Hebert, Nancy Fernandez, Lisa Starr and Cynthia Tomlinson, 3 grandsons, 7 granddaughters and 1 great granddaughter. She is preceded by the love of her life, John Tomlinson and her oldest grandson, John Tomlinson Hebert.
There will be a private celebration of Sydne’s life in California and then she will be interned in Benton, Illinois, along side her sister Elizabeth Iest with the Moore family. Sydne was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. Her sense of humor, artist talent and love for her family and friends will live on in our hearts.