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Cynthia McAdoo

1920 - 2015 NORTH BENNINGTON Cynthia Stowe Heffron McAdoo,was born in 1920 in Pittsburgh. She grew up in Greenwich, CT, a beautiful girl with curly blonde hair. Her father died when she was 12, and as the oldest child, she had to become responsible at a young age for helping to raise her younger brothers. By the time she was 16, she was surrounded by suitors. She soon singled an exceptional one for prolonged inspection. This took the form of a trip to Europe with her mother and the chosen suitor. Having survived the 'mother test', she agreed to marry Francis McAdoo, Jr. at the age of 18. She remained in Greenwich during World War II, then moved to Maryland when Francis returned. She and Francis bought a 120-acre sheep farm with a creek meandering through rolling hills. Here she raised her three sons and countless numbers of sheep over the years. Sometimes a ewe would not accept a newborn lamb. Cynthia would then scoop up the rejected animal, warm it on an open oven door, and bottle feed it in the cellar. She had a natural way with all animals, and was an excellent midwife to ewes having difficult deliveries. Besides her care for animals, she also took great care in raising her own offspring with a hands off vigilance that made them independent and open to new ideas. From an amazingly early age she was a talented and self-taught artist - mostly landscapes and figure paintings. There was often a touch of humor in her work, such as hidden animals in trees or people with odd expressions. Her landscapes were so loved by her friends that they were snapped up like heirlooms at local church fairs. She often came home from big trips with a watercolor journal of the voyage. In 1963 her husband's job moved them to New Jersey where they built a house overlooking Oldwick. When Francis retired, they both started a cottage industry making hooked rugs in Maine, hoping to create some jobs there for the tough, long winters.It turned out that she also had in her an inexhaustible fountain of original ideas for decorative designs. When her youngest son established McAdoo Rugs, Inc. in Vermont, Cynthia continued to design hundreds of rugs for him until he retired in 2007. She was an avid gardener, land preservationist, and church volunteer. She and Francis have given the development rights to 45 acres of their land to the Raritan Valley Watershed Association. She loved people beyond the normal. It was her joy to help people, even hitchhikers along the road. She loved to ski and give sledding parties. Sailing for months through Maine's archipelago probably saw her happiest times. A truly independent character, she never belonged to a club of any kind. The earth has many beautiful things, and Cynthia was one, both without and within. She died peacefully at her new home in North Bennington on Wednesday, December 23, 2015 surrounded by her husband, three sons, and granddaughter. She was 95. SERVICES: Graveside services will be held on Monday morning, December 28, 2015 at the Grandview Cemetery in North Bennington. A memorial service will take place at a later time. The Mahar and Son Funeral Home in Bennington is assisting the family with these services.
Published in Bennington Banner on Dec. 26, 2015
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