Aug. 25, 1934 - Sept. 6, 2016
Cynthia A. Brown was a woman of eclectic tastes and abilities, as an elementary-school teacher, a passionate gardener, a lifelong church member and leader, an enthusiastic bridge player and a woman with a fondness for conversational Spanish, modern dance and lively discussions with friends.
“I always enjoyed seeing her,” longtime good friend Constance Eve said. “I knew we would have a delightful and enlightening conversation about current issues and challenging ideas.”
Mrs. Brown died Sept. 6 in Buffalo General Hospital after a brief illness. She was 82.
A Buffalo native, the former Cynthia Hardy graduated from School 17 and Fosdick-Masten High School before earning her bachelor's degree in elementary education from the University of Michigan and her master's in remedial education from the University at Buffalo.
After raising her three children, Mrs. Brown taught special-education students at School 80 on Highgate Avenue in Buffalo for eight years, before retiring in 1994.
Outside her career, she served on the boards of the Mental Health Association and the local Planned Parenthood chapter. She also was involved with the Upstate Medical Alliance, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and The Girl Friends Inc. Both flower and vegetable gardening were her favorites, and at least one friend remembered making the annual journey to her home for a sample of her distinctive home-grown mint.
Christened as an infant in St. Philip's Episcopal Church, she remained an active member there until her death. She participated in the church's festivals, served as a member of the Christian Education Committee and Episcopal Church Women and supported the church's Sunday school events.
Mrs. Brown was preceded in death by her husband of about 45 years, Dr. Alfonso C. Brown, who died in 2003.
Survivors include two sons, Alan and Mark S., and one daughter, Cheryl A.
A memorial service will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 22 in Lombardo's Funeral Home, 102 Linwood Ave., Buffalo.