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Cynthia Richardson

Cynthia A. Richardson, affectionately known as Cid by all who knew and loved her, passed away on March 28, 2021 after a long battle with cancer. Cid was born in Rome, New York on April 17, 1957 and grew up around the country and the world as a member of a military family. She graduated from Hackett High School in Kalamazoo, Michigan in 1975. Despite her illness, Cid decided to be joyful about having a full life. She was at her happiest surrounded by her gardens and flowers with the sun shining and her hands in the dirt. She loved the forests, seashores and trials of Northern Michigan and her trips up north were a source of great happiness for her. She also enjoyed traveling to the National Parks in the western United States on her legendary road trips with her sister. She loved a good book, a hot cup of tea and had a broad and some would say eclectic collection of art. All who knew her would agree that she was without a doubt the most kind, generous and supportive person who ever touched their lives. She cared for a special needs brother for years and her mother in her final years. She enjoyed life and loved life and would like to give thanks to all those people, family, and friends who made that life possible especially her beloved nieces and nephews who came to love Aunt Cid. She was given the gift of life and now she has to give it back. This is hard. But she was a lucky woman, who led a lucky existence, and for this she was always grateful. In the end, Cid is at peace. She led a full life and showed us how to leave this life with grace, dignity and courage.

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I got to know Cid over the past 30 years because like Cid I am kind of an extension of the Turner family. Cid was always around when I'd visit Pat and Tom in Kalamazoo, the art fairs in Chicago, or when we'd open up the cottage in May every year. I loved the intelligent conversations we had, poliitcs always being a priority. Our phone calls quite often lasted 5 hours........yep, Cid could talk........and I'm going to miss that. It's was an honor being your friend Cidee, you were always a bright and shining spirit that I will cherish forever. I will miss you terribly ......but we will meet again. All my love Kim (Kimmie) Hoffmann

Kim Hoffmann Apr 7 2021 1:06 PM

Cid and I palled around together when I lived in Kalamazoo in the 80s and 90s. She was a good friend, an interesting person who lived an interesting life, and a true source of support to me when my dad was ill and after he died. Cid and I lost touch for a while, but then we reconnected a couple of years ago. I was looking forward to seeing her the next time I travel to Kalamazoo, and I am very sad to learn of her passing. But I believe she is around me -- around all of those she loved -- and I know we remain lovingly connected. Send me those signs, Cid! Ive got my eyes open. -- Beth Schoch, April 4, 2021, Biddeford, Maine

Elizabeth Schoch Apr 4 2021 11:16 AM

Cid worked with me for 30 years. To have said Cid worked for me would be a blatant misnomer. She was an integral part of a two-person studio. A studio is an intimate place to start with because heart and soul is poured out daily through pieces being designed and made. Cid was a big part of that process. She was the wall where the spaghetti of ideas would be thrown to see if they would stick. She was absolutely the underpinnings of organization. Something I was not in my wildest dreams. Most of all, she wasnt a co-worker, she was family. My studio is in my house. She saw and lived our daily lives. One of our kids politely asking if coming in was ok, the other barging in saying DAD, youve got to do this now!! It was work, it was mayhem, it was family. Cid was family. A part of the family that is irreplaceable, a part of family that will be missed. We all love you Cid, thank you for making our lives better.

Thomas Turner Apr 3 2021 9:45 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Cynthia Richardson

Madison Turner Barnes Apr 2 2021 12:31 PM

We will remember Cid with a permanent smile and endless love /kindness for all. We are so lucky she touched our lives and hearts. She will be missed. We think of her often and will continue to feel her footprints on our beaches up in Michigans upper peninsula. Goodbye dear friend. Rob and Julia Bradsher.

Julia Bradsher Apr 2 2021 10:05 AM

Happy memories with Cid up north. We love you:heartpulse:

Patricia Turner Apr 2 2021 9:39 AM

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Peter Hinman Mar 31 2021 2:49 PM