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Cynthia A. Lewis, retired Buffalo teacher

Oct. 30, 1946 – May 5, 2015

Cynthia A. Lewis of Buffalo, a longtime Buffalo teacher, died Tuesday in Buffalo General Medical Center from complications due to cancer. She was 68.

Born in Birmingham, Ala., the former Cynthia A. Washington earned a master’s degree in education from the University at Buffalo.

In 1977, Mrs. Lewis started her longtime teaching career of 37 years with the Buffalo School District. She taught at the Follow Through magnet school (formerly School 8) for many years, and retired from Bennett High School in 2014.

Active in the community, she volunteered for the Community Action Organization of Erie County, and served as a troop leader for Girls Scouts and Brownies.

She was a 44-year member of Zion Missionary Baptist Church and a member of the Buffalo Teachers Federation.

Survivors include three daughters, Rhonda Duncan, Octavia Gray and Amelia Florence; two sisters, Diane Kennedy and Patricia Miller; seven brothers, James Thomas, Charles Cole, Willie Thomas, Harold Long, Walter Lee Washington III, Michael Thomas and Thomasville Washington; 11 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at noon Monday in Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 179 E. Ferry St.

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