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Cynthia A. Brown, former teacher, avid gardener

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. She enjoyed flower and vegetable gardening, including a distinctive homegrown mint.

She was an active member of St. Philip’s Episcopal Church until her death. She participated in church festivals, served as a member of the Christian Education Committee and Episcopal Church Women and supported the 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.

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