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Cynthia Joan Goodhue (nee Anderson) of Wellesley, MA passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, May 3, 2018. Cindy is survived by her daughters, Nobska Grace Goodhue (22) and Sierra Anne Goodhue (20) of Wellesley, their father James A. Goodhue, her mother Beverly Hait Anderson, her step-father Dr. William Eckberg, and her two sisters Leighsa Makowicz and Amy Curran. She will also be missed by her much loved dog, Lola, and cat, Silver (Pooter). Cindy was born on July 28, 1960 in Royal Oak, Michigan. She spent her summers going to The Cabin in Jose Lake in northern Michigan with her beloved grandmother, Doris Grace Hait, who passed away in 2015. She later moved with her family to Alexandria, VA and started spending the summer on Cape Cod, where she would continue to summer for 41 years. She developed a passion for science, art, and nature in Woods Hole that would fuel her for the rest of her life. She received her BFA from Tufts University in conjunction with the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. At the time of her death, she was working on a Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis at the University of Massachusetts. s an artist, Cindy worked in watercolor, charcoal, and painting. She showed her work in Chicago and New York, and had a studio in the attic of the Goodhue house in Wellesley. Her life partner of over 30 years, Jim, had a woodshop in the basement and made all the frames for her work, allowing their creative lives to merge and flourish. She debunked suburban tradition and painted a rainbow on the garage door in honor of her daughters birthday; the family home became known as Rainbow. Cindy taught in the Wellesley Public Schools as a preferred substitute teacher beginning in 2009. She loved art and she loved her students, and the kids loved her back. With a passion for gardening, she volunteered for Beautification Committee at the Hardy School. She taught Visual Arts, Health & Fitness in Wellesley Middle School and the Wellesley elementary schools, most recently Fiske. She was loved in the schools and in the neighborhood. For Halloween, she dressed up as Mary Poppins every year and walked the girls to Hardy School. At night, she would have an outfit change and become The Bride of Frankenstein and (gently) scare the neighborhood children while passing out candy. In addition to art, Cindys other passions were athletics and the outdoors. An avid hiker and cyclist, she would often find herself in neighboring states after biking all day. She taught her daughters to ski at a very young age and they skied their whole lives as a family. The girls raced on teams at the Franconia Ski Club and Wellesley High School. Her childhood dream was to be a Ski Instructor and she took on that challenge with passion. She knew that the hardest kids to teach were the youngest, but it was they who would develop the most enthusiasm for the sport under her tutelage. Cindy attained her PSIA Alpine & Childrens Specialist Certification and was a lead teacher for seasonal alpine skiing program, including special needs children at Cannon Mountain. Cannon was an incredibly special place to Cindy, and her fellow instructors became her lifelong friends. Nothing was more important to Cynthia than her children, named after the seaside and the mountains, Cindys favorites places on earth. Nobska, named for the Nobska Lighthouse in Woods Hole, MA, and Sierra, named for the Sierra Madres, were her self proclaimed spiritual geographies; the landmarks that governed her soul and sense of self. Both graduates of Wellesley High School (Classes of 2014 and 2016), Nobska will graduate from St. Lawrence University on May 20, 2018 and Sierra just completed her sophomore year at Loyola University of Maryland. Cindy had an expansive bucket list, but so much of that she accomplished. She dreamed of being a ski instructor and was; she dreamed of showing her art in galleries and she did. She wanted a red convertible, and her husband Jim gifted her a little red convertible for her 33rd birthday: big bow and all. She never made it to see the David in Florence, but that is something that her children will see for her. Cindy was passionate, confident, beautiful, comfortable with herself, and a self-described free-spirit. A funeral service will be held at the Wellesley Congregational Church (The Village Church) at 2 Central Street, Wellesley on Friday May 11th at 10:00 am. All are welcome for a celebration of Cynthias life. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Epilepsy Foundation (https://www. epilepsy.com/make-difference/ways-give/donate-clothing-and-household-goods/ how-donate) or the Fanconi Anemia Research Fund (https: //fanconi.org).
Published in The Wellesley Townsman from May 8 to May 17, 2018
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