Naylee Ann Webster died on March 27 surrounded by her family and loving friends. A woman of great faith, strength, and courage, she fought the battle against cancer gallantly.
Naylee was born and raised on Martha’s Vineyard. She was a lover of life who truly enjoyed God’s gift of nature. Naylee enjoyed taking walks with her son, Steven, picking up sea glass by the ocean, watching Island sunsets, and taking long bike rides in the state forest.
Naylee graduated from Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School and went on to become a Certified Nursing Assistant where she developed a unique love and compassion for the elderly. God gave her a special gift to bring comfort and love to those in the last days of their life here on earth. Throughout her life this compassion showed up even when she herself was going through chemotherapy at VCU Medical Center in Richmond, Virginia. Naylee was often seen bringing encouragement to other patients around her by praying, listening, sharing and touching the lives of those God put in her path. At times nurses playfully argued over who would be the one to take care of Naylee.
Naylee was known to many as “A woman of God with great faith,” an attribute that carried her throughout her life. Her sweet spirit touched many lives; she was truly a blessing to those around her. In 2000 she and her oldest son, Steven, moved to Pensacola, Florida, where she attended Bible School and met her husband. They married in 2001 and enjoyed many years of serving in a local church.
Naylee had a tender heart of worship. Of her many gifts and talents, she had a beautiful voice that she shared in congregational worship. Naylee could often be heard singing alone at home in prayer to the Lord.
The family moved to Midlothian, Virginia, in 2008 where her husband and sons currently reside. Naylee loved and adored her sons Jonathan and Steven who meant the world to her. They were the driving force behind her fight. Naylee’s battle with cancer began in the summer of 2009 and she fought with determination and faith to the very end.
She is survived by her husband, Steve Webster, her sons, Steven Packish and Jonathan Webster, her mother, Renee Ortiz, a sister, Marjane Hamilton, a brother, Jon Ortiz, sisters Sarah and Anna Sylvia, grandmothers Mary Ortiz and Gloria Sylvia; and many uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Bethany Haveard and the granddaughter of the late Petronio Ortiz and Adelbert Sylvia. Naylee will be laid to rest on Martha’s Vineyard next to her father, Dennis Sylvia.
Services will be held May 5 at 1 pm at the American Legion Hall in Vineyard Haven and a burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery in Vineyard Haven.