Cynthia Myrtle Henderson Smith GERMANTOWN- The family of Cynthia Myrtle Henderson Smith grieve the passing of their beloved mother, grandmother, sister, and wife on Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, after a short but valiant battle with cancer. She died with her family at her side at her home in Germantown. Cynthia was born on April 14, 1939 in Holyoke, Mass., to Phillip and Myrtle Henderson. Cynthia moved with her family to Western Ohio at an early age, growing up in the towns of Lynchburg and Oxford, where her father was President of Western College. Cynthia attended high school at Northfield School in Northfield, Mass., followed by college at Miami of Ohio and the Ohio State University, where she majored in Education. After graduation, she moved to Mass. to teach, where she met and married her first husband Ronald Payson. After the birth of her children Melinda and Ronald Jr. the family moved to Germantown. Cynthia began teaching full time at Germantown Central School in 1976, and taught 1st, 5th, and 6th grades there through 2001. She found great satisfaction in her career as a teacher and was a lifelong proponent of education within her family and within the community. She was also active with the Teacher's Union, and served as its president for a number of years. After retirement, she became involved in local politics, serving for two terms on the Germantown Central Board of Education. Cindy married Jeremy smith in 1985, and the couple continued to reside in Germantown until her passing. She traveled extensively throughout the world with her husband and was a lover of the arts, history, gardening, and especially enjoyed spending time with her eight grandchildren. She instilled in her family and friends a love of life, and learning which will be her legacy to them. She is survived by her husband, Jeremy Smith; her daughter, Melinda Payson of Pittsfield, Mass.; sons, John Young of Brooklyn, and Ronald Payson of Williston, VT.; and stepchildren, Anna Smith of Somerset, England and Daniel Smith of Brooklyn. She is also survived by her brother, Phillip of Lansing, MI., and half-sister, Lillian Miller of Greenville, MS. Finally, she leaves her eight grandchildren, Isabel, Chai, Meredith, Liam, William, Nicholas, Eli, and Alistair, and all with fond memories of summers around the pool with Grammy who thanks to Swiss clock acquired in her travels, was also known as ‘Cuckoo'. A celebration of her life will be held 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home of Germantown. A memorial service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church of Warren St. Hudson at a date to be announced. In lieu of flowers a donation to the Germantown Student Education Foundation would be welcomed.
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Published in the Daily Freeman on Jan. 8, 2013