Saturday, September 17, 2016

In Memory of Cindy

Today was one of those trips one really doesn't want to have to make.  With a heavy heart Mary and I headed north to attend the memorial service for our friend Cindy who has been battling cancer.  My Brides heart is broken as her friend passed on Friday the ninth. Mary and Cindy have been friends for 45 years, since Mary was fourteen and working at Riverside hospital as a buttercup (candy striper).

Many fond memories rushing through my head in just the eleven short years I have known Cindy, I cant imagine what Mary is feeling. We packed a bag and headed to the airport for the ride north, I didn't want to drive.  We rented a room at the Montchanin Inn and would get a good nights sleep for Saturdays service.

Mary got to see many of her friends and everyone shared such special memories. Cindy was a fiercely loyal friend, a compassionate care giver and she loved what she did, starting way back in trauma and on to research medicine.  The service was very nice, tying into to her many years of service to patients, family and friends.  Cindy always had a way of showing up in your hospital room without having to call her. You knew when she was on board things would be good to go, you were in good hands.

I know this isn't really about flying except for the trip north and back but sometimes we have to take in everything around us and document certain aspects of what makes us who and what we are. We will miss our friend and Mary will miss her "big sister". Cindy takes a piece of our hearts with her and leaves us with many special memories...We love you Cindy.

On September 9, 2016 Cynthia, caring mother and grandmother, passed gently into the arms of our Lord while surrounded by her loving family. She was 63 and was born in Wilmington, DE to the late Joseph R. and Mae E. (nee’ Robinson) Hoon.

Cynthia graduated from Mt. Pleasant High School, Milford School of Nursing and Immaculata University. She began her nursing career at Riverside Hospital and then joined The Delaware Division (later Christiana Care Health Systems). She was an amazing trauma nurse, nursing mentor, ACLS Instructor and trauma and emergency researcher. Cynthia made a lasting impact on the lives of her patients, co-workers and colleagues.

In her personal time she enjoyed traveling, reading, gardening and most of all spending time with her family. She especially loved the time spent with her three granddaughters. In her youth she was on the Bowling Team for Mt Pleasant High School and later learned to ski, white water raft and even play tennis for the USTA.

In addition to her parents, Cynthia was predeceased by her brother, Harry J. White. She is survived by her daughter, Jean-Marie (nee’ Hoon) Garrett; son-in-law, Jerry T. Garrett; granddaughters, Mina, Miley and Emily Garrett; her brothers, Joseph R. Hoon Jr. (Mary Jo Hoon) and William R. White III (Georgianna White) and their families. She also leaves to cherish her memory numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

A Catholic Funeral Service will be held at the McCrery and Harra Funeral Home, 3924 Concord Pike, Wilmington at 10:30 am on Saturday September 17, where family and friends are invited to greet the family after 9:00 am. A private burial will follow.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to a long time staple in our family, The Brandywine Hundred Fire Company at 1006 Brandywine Blvd., Wilmington, DE 19809.


Jim and Sandie said...

I'm so sorry about the loss of your very very dear friend. She sounds like a person that I would have liked to know. Hugs to your Mary from me.

Gary said...

Sandie, Thank you. Will pass along the hugs.