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SMITH, Cecilia (McGuinn) Passed away on Monday, December 3rd, 2012. Born on February 15, 1950 in Mesa, Arizona, Cecilia was a musician and performed in Massachusetts, Colorado and California. In 1995 she was the featured artist at Steppin' Out, Boston's premier jazz event, where her CD, "A Child is Born", was released as a benefit to the Boston Pediatric Aids Project and the Dimock Community Health Center. Cecilia was an amazing chef, an avid gardener, and a writer who penned dozens of short stories and novels in her spare time. She was a tremendously spiritual woman who readily shared her gifts with those in need. Cecilia married Paul Bryan Smith at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco on May 12, 1979. Cecilia is survived by her husband Paul, her beloved daughter Elizabeth Lantz Crone and her husband William J. Crone, and three grandchildren: Hannah Cecilia Crone, Willem Morrell Crone and Samuel Paul Crone. Cecilia is survived by her sister Eileen McGuinn of St Louis, Missouri and two brothers, Dennis M. McGuinn and Terrence McGuinn, both of Edisto Island, South Carolina. Her two dearest friends, Susan Connelly of Saint George, Maine and Elise Freda of Kingston, Massachusetts, also survive Cecilia. Cecilia was born to Colonel Thomas Patrick McGuinn (USAF) of Columbia, South Carolina and Gloria Nell Gassaway of Houston, Texas. Cecilia grew up and lived primarily in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Edisto Island, South Carolina, Washington State, and Mesa Arizona. A private memorial service will be held in the summer of 2013, officiated by dear friend Susan Connelly. Davies Cremation and Burial Services in Vancouver, Washington are caring for the family.

Published in The Boston Globe on Dec. 30, 2012
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