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.