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Cynthia McDonald Wittbold Barnes

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PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- Cynthia McDonald Wittbold Barnes died at her home, surrounded by her loving son and three brothers, on June 1.

Born Dec. 5, 1948, in New York, N.Y., to Margaret Mooney Wittbold and William Marion Wittbold, Cindy resided at Sykes Hollow Farm in Rupert, Vt., for several years. She grew up in Purchase, N.Y., attended Convent of the Sacred Heart in Greenwich, Conn. and had a successful modeling career in New York and managed Wittbold Florists in the lobby of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel.

For many years, Cindy was general manager of the La Bouticca Pappagllo stores in Connecticut and New York. Her sense of style was unique and trendsetting. Cindy spent happy years on the island of Montserrat, where she was an artist, a designer, and a friend of and to the islanders, leaving only after the tragic volcano of 1995.

She was a most devoted lover of animals, particularly dogs. Most recently, Cindy relocated to Vermont, living with her cousin, Tarra Ferrone, and family and managing Sykes Hollow Kennel in Rupert. Cindy made numerous friends in Vermont, including many of the canine population.

Cindy is survived by her son, Colin Barnes, and his wife, Kristen, of Palm Beach Gardens, and by her three brothers Todd, Edward and James, and their families. Cindy was predeceased by her parents, her brother William M. Wittbold and sister, Susan Wittbold, and her beloved uncles, Jack and Tom Mooney. She leaves many adoring nieces and nephews in Vermont, Massachusetts and Florida, as well as her aunt and uncle, David and Shane Mooney, of Manchester; her cousins: Kimet Hand and David Mooney of Manchester, Vt.; Tarra Ferrone of Rupert and Megan Gordon of Manchester, Mass., and their families.

Cindy is also survived by two special second cousins, Piper and Ryder Ferrone, also of Rupert.

The family suggests donations to the Second Chance Animal Shelter in Shaftsbury, Vt., in Cindy’s memory.

Information supplied by the funeral home.

Published in Bennington Banner on June 12, 2007
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