Cynthia Mae Reeves Harrison
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1936 - 2013
On August 30, 2013, Cynthia Mae Reeves Harrison passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loved ones. Cynthia's sudden illness and unexpected departure left those who knew her grief-stricken and heartbroken, but cherishing the memory of a beautiful woman who embodied the very essence of life itself.
The eldest child of Francis and Georgia Reeves, Cynthia was born in Sacramento on October 21, 1936. She grew up in Auburn, and graduated from Placer High School. She attended Chico State where she was an active member of Delta Zeta sorority and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education in 1958. Cynthia met her future husband, George Harrison, in college and they were married August 23, 1958 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Auburn.
A kindhearted matriarch, Cynthia faithfully guided and protected her family and friends, leading us all with extraordinary devotion and remarkable class. With her undeniable strength and humility, she drew us all into her loving embrace.
She was happiest when surrounded by her loved ones, both family and friends. A gracious hostess, she could turn an ordinary gathering into a festive party.
Always the hometown girl, Cynthia's love and commitment to Auburn was evidenced by her many contributions and involvement in community organizations, activities, and fundraisers. An avid sports enthusiast, she was a lifelong cheerleader for countless teams, both local and professional. Her own personal competitive spark was often displayed in lively card games. Cynthia also had an adventurous streak, enjoying travel and the thrill of new experiences.
But above all else, Cynthia adored her family. She is survived by her beloved husband of 55 years, George; sons: George, Gregory, David; and daughter Katy; daughters-in-law: Leslie, Susan, and Dana; grandchildren: Charlie, Adam, Zach, Kendall, Shelby, Lindsay, and Jake; brothers Jerry Reeves and Jack Reeves.
A woman of uncommon warmth, compassion, and generosity, with an infectious sense of humor, Cynthia will never be forgotten.
A funeral mass will be held Friday morning, September 6, 2013 at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 1162 Lincoln Way, Auburn. A reception will follow at the St. Joseph's parish hall.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in her name to Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital Foundation or the Assistance League of Greater Placer.
Published in Gold Country Media Newspapers from Sept. 4 to Sept. 6, 2013