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Speck Funeral Home - Mala Terry Sivo

1948 - 2021


Mrs. Mala Terry Sivo, age 73, of Rickman passed peacefully from this life, on Saturday morning, July 10, 2021 from her home.  She was born in Pine Knott, Kentucky on March 5, 1948 to the late Paul Alan and Cleda Mayfield Terry.  Mala was the visual arts teacher for many years for the Overton County School System.  After graduation Livingston Academy in 1966, she went on to East Kentucky University to receive her masters degree in Art.  She taught at Allons Elementary, Rickman Elementary, Livingston Middle School, then retiring from Livingston Academy.  She loved Art of all shapes, sizes, and forms.  Mala loved traveling, flowers, and her children she taught through the years.  She loved God and was a good Christian Lady.

Mala leaves behind her husband, Andrew Sivo of Rickman, TN; step-son, David Patrick Sivo of Pensacola, FL; cousins, Ray and Karen Thomas of Pine Knott, KY.

In addition to her parents, Mala was preceded in death by her brother, Alan Terry; and nephew, Paul Alan Terry.

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Karen Thomas

July 18, 2021 4:18 PM

Mala & I we’re cousins but I loved her like a sister. I have so many memories of her. Once she had a statue in her yard she wanted moved and she had four men there trying to move it but said they couldn’t do it. I said come on Mala you & I can do this if we put our heads together, so we did & sure enough we moved that statue & put it where she wanted it.
We have laughed & talked about that many times.
I love you Mala & I will miss you terrible.
R.I.P. Cuz

Jim McCoy

July 17, 2021 7:11 AM

Mala had a thing about being pointed at. It didn't make her mad; she just couldn't look at a hand pointing at her. So...Debbie and I made a huge papier-mache hand that was pointing and put it in the art room one morning before class. 🤣It was great! We would go see Mala and her parents when Jimmy was small, and Paul would get such a kick out of Jimmy watching the ceiling fan in their den. Also, our daughter Rachel had her picture taken at Mala's house the year she won the Tiny Tot contest at the fair. But, my favorite memory of all is May 14th, 1988, when Debbie and I were married next to the pond and water fountain in Mala's yard on Bussell Street with our friends, family and church family there. She was such a good friend and mentor over the years.

Ronald Dishman

July 15, 2021 6:18 PM

We were heartbroken to hear of Mala's passing. She was one precious and talented lady and had a heart of gold. She will be greatly missed. Sending many thoughts and prayers of strength peace and comfort for the days ahead. God bless and keep you 
Bro. Ronald Collette Dishman
Livingston TN

William Lee Holman

July 15, 2021 1:44 PM

Mala was always a pleasant and very kind person.  Mala will be greatly missed by all who knew her.  God be with Mala's family.

Deborah McCoy

July 14, 2021 10:16 AM

I have so many happy memories of Mala. I was her student four years. She would name a kaleidoscope of colors in my picture, then say, " Don't you see that?" We made her pond on Bussel St, I was married in her yard. Her Dad and her made it a sanctuary. She shared her era with her students. I will always remember the , I don't Want A Pickle, song. We always kept in touch. Her paintings are amazing. She has a beautiful spirit. Love Deb

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