Cynthia (Binford) Frailey, age 90 and a long-time resident of Concord, passed away on July 30, 2013, at Life Care Center of Nashoba Valley in Littleton, after a long illness. Born in Portland, Maine, Cynthia graduated from Deering High School and Westbrook Junior College for Women (now part of the University of New England), both in Portland. She received a bachelors degree from Jackson College for Women in Medford, MA (once the women's college within Tufts University). Cynthia was one of the original residents of the community of Conantum in Concord, and had lived there since 1951. She was active in the Conantum Garden Club, and provided extensive volunteer support to the libraries in Concord's elementary schools. Cynthia was active in the First Parish Church in Concord. She sang in the choir, and taught Sunday School there for many years. The wall-sized mosaic of Noah's Ark that was completed by her Sunday School class over 50 years ago is still on display in the church. Before health issues got the best of her, she was also a member of the First Parish Handbell Choir. In more recent years, many of Cynthias evenings and weekends were spent in the church kitchen as a member of the Womens Parish Association, and she was responsible for many of the fine meals and treats that were prepared for church events and gatherings. Numerous fellow parishioners and other friends also sought her culinary expertise for personal parties and get-togethers, which Cynthia was most happy to provide. For her trouble, she would accept nothing more than a cookbook or two. An accomplished artificer, Cynthia was for many years a fixture at the First Parish Holiday Fair, selling her decoupage boxes and handmade Christmas ornaments. Many of her crafts were also sold through the Audubon Society gift shop in Lincoln, as well as through their gift catalog. Cynthia leaves her two sons and daughters-in-law, Peter Frailey and Laurie Smith-Frailey of Westford, MA, and Richard and Lee Ellyn Frailey of Spokane, WA; her sister Virginia McWilliams of Westborough; a niece and a nephew; and seven grandchildren and step-grandchildren. For those who wish, contributions in Cynthia Frailey's memory may be made to Emerson Health Care Foundation (Bethke Cancer Fund), 133 ORNAC, Concord, MA 01742, or to Mass Audubon, Development Office, 208 South Great Road, Lincoln, MA 01773. Arrangements are under the care of Charles W. Dee and Susan M. Dee, Dee Funeral Home of Concord. To share a remembrance or send a condolence to the family, please visit Cynthia's guestbook at www.deefuneralhome.com
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Published in The Concord Journal on Sept. 18, 2013