Cynthia Wolford Symons
1953 - 2020
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Cynthia passed away on March 20, 2020. She was born on July 28, 1953 in Lewisburg, Pa. to her parents, Richard Wolford, Dottie Wolford. She married Dr. Richard Symons on May 21, 1988, together they shared 32 years of marriage. Cindy was a distinguished professor at Kent State University for 30 years. In addition, she authored numerous Health Education texts and materials and was a frequent speaker for many health organizations. She was a past president of the Association of Health Educators and chairperson of the Christian Education Department at Kent United Church of Christ. Dr. Symons proudest accomplishment is the many students she mentored who are now carrying on her work. She will be greatly missed by many, but especially her husband. She is survived by her husband, Dr. Richard Symons. Memorial Donations should be made in lieu of flowers to: University Hospital Symons Patient Care Fund, Attn. Leslie Piovesan, Institutional relations, 11100 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, Ohio 44106 Arrangements have been entrusted to Adams Mason Funeral Home, 330-535-9186.

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Published in Akron Beacon Journal on Mar. 25, 2020.
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March 20, 2021
It’s been a year since Cindy’s passing. I miss her every day. I loved her like a sister.

Mary Rose-Colley
Mary Rose-Colley
April 30, 2020
Cindy was the best: Hardest, smartest, funniest, most professional, generous, and kindest. I am sad she is gone. My entire career as a health educator is shaped around the things Dr. Symons taught me. I will do my best to continue her legacy through my teaching, but she will always be better. I am heartbroken.
Jen Wolfe
April 7, 2020
I am saddened to learn of Dr. Symons' passing. I will be forever grateful to her for believing in me and my ability to earn a PhD as a 46 year old who was raising three children. What a profound loss to all who knew her and to the profession of Health Education. We will try to make her proud!!!!!
Jeanine Mincher

Thank you Dr. Symons for all that you have done for us and for being an excellent mentor!
Jeanine Mincher
April 2, 2020
I am so very heartbroken. Cindy was my roommate at college. We have shared so much over the years since. She will be so very missed. Rest in Peace, my dear friend.
Beth Wilson
April 1, 2020
She was truly one of the sweetest people God ever put on this earth. Andre Harris
March 31, 2020
Dear Dick, We were saddened to hear about Cindy's passing. What a shock. We had some wonderful years together. She will be missed by all of her friends, colleagues and former students and mentees. Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time.


John and Diane Allensworth
John and Diane Allensworth
March 29, 2020
She was one of my favorite professors at Kent. We all were blessed by her. God bless you.
March 26, 2020
Dick, My thoughts and prayers are with you. As a longtime colleague of Cindy's, I feel fortunate to have had her in my life. Her memory always brings a smile. Not a day went by that Cindy didn't say something incredibly insightful and amazingly funny. She had the quickest wit of anyone I've ever met.

Her students adored her. She held them to high standards, and they loved her for it. She was a devoted, caring mentor to many, many students. Her legacy will live on as those she mentored guide the next generation of health professionals in the manner which Cindy modeled for them.

Cindy will be very much missed by all who knew her, but she will never, ever be forgotten,
Jean Byrne
March 26, 2020
Dick, My thoughts and prayers are with you, Cindy's family and her many, many friends. As a longtime colleague of Cindy's at Kent, her memory will always bring a smile to my face. She may have had the quickest wit of anyone I ever knew. A day did not go by that Cindy didn't say something incredibly insightful, and remarkably funny at the same time.

Cindy held all of her students to very high standards, and they loved her for it. She was a devoted mentor to all of her students. Her legacy will indeed live on in all of the health professionals she mentored as they mentor the next generation of health professionals in the manner Cindy modeled for them.

Cindy will be greatly missed, but she will not be forgotten.
Jean Byrne
March 25, 2020
To Dick -- Our most sincere expression of sympathy. We will contact the memorial fund.
Bob & Nancy Treichler
March 25, 2020
My thoughts and prayers are with you. Dr. Symons was a great person and professor. She was also my dissertation advisor so there were several years that we worked together good bit. It is very sad to hear of her death.
Mary McDade
March 25, 2020
Sincerest sympathy to Cindy's family. Cindy was kind, generous and a wonderful mentor to her colleagues as well. She will be dearly missed.
Joanne Chopak-Foss
March 25, 2020
My thoughts and prayers are with Dick, family and friends! I was blessed to call Cindy a colleague and a friend. Her guidance and direction in my professional career was enormous! The world has lost a kind, caring person but we are better people having had Cindy touch our lives!
Carolyn Kuhn
March 25, 2020
Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.
Adams Mason Funeral Home - Akron
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