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Cynthia Paul Howard

May 19, 1945 September 22, 2022
Cynthia Paul Howard
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Cynthia “Cindy” P. Howard, 77, of Oviedo, FL passed away unexpectedly Thursday, September 22, 2022. Cynthia will be forever missed by all who knew her.

Cynthia grew up in Ambler, PA. and graduated from Lock Haven College, PA, and the University of Colorado/Boulder where she received her degrees in Education. Cindy’s career as a teacher spanned the globe from Lancaster, PA to the Overseas Teacher Program for military children of US Soldiers in Germany and England, to North Carolina and finally Florida.

She settled in Oviedo, FL and was a teacher for the Orange County Public Schools at Columbia Elementary level; 25 years as a Physical Education teacher, then media specialist and librarian totaling 40 years in the school system.

Cindy had a great life spending many summers at her cherished family home in Orr’s Island, Maine, traveling along the East coast by boat or RV to visit family and friends

After retiring in 2010, Cindy became very active with the Girl Scout Alumnae leadership and activities, bowling, exercise, playing the dulcimer, singing with kazoos, travel and of course, Tweety Bird. She accomplished one of her bucket lists items in August 2021 by traveling in her RV cross country to the Grand Canyon National Parks in Arizona, Utah and Colorado. She had already planned several adventures in the future.

She is predeceased by her partner in life of 43 wonderful years,

Adeline “Addie” Knodel and by her parents, Richard and Irene Howard. Surviving Cindy are her brother, Rogers Howard and his wife, Susan, of Clearwater, FL, cousins, Ann Gillespie and her husband Scott, of Marshfield, MA and Janice Wooldridge of Sarasota, FL. She is also survived by a niece, godson, cousins and the multitude of friends that loved her.

Remembrance’s in Cynthia’s name could be to her beloved Girl Scouts at:

or “pay it forward” to someone or an organization in need.

On Saturday, November 5, 2022, friends and family will gather informally from 1:00 pm-3:00 pm. Please RSVP to family through tributes on this page.

Cindy (Cynthia Paul) Howard and I arrived in Bamberg, Germany, in the fall of 1970, to teach in a Department of Defense school, where we each stayed for four years. She was hired to teach Physical Education, and I to teach Music. As “special subjects” teachers, we shared a lot of the school day in similar situations, and we became very good friends- for 52 years!

Cindy was loved by her students, and well-respected by other staff. Our students came from all over the world, so even in the classroom, we were learning about other cultures.

She maintained friendships with several of our colleagues until her death.

Neither of us lived on the Army base, but in different villages. We learned to speak some German, and we were able to communicate with our neighbors a bit.

Cindy was not one to cool her heels for long. She/we made many trips throughout Germany and to other European countries. Neither of us skied, so we pursued other tourist interests- hiking, art museums- oh, so many adventures!

She never stopped learning. In the last few years, besides maintaining support for Girl Scouts through a number of different activities, she learned to play the dulcimer, paint in different styles, create ceramics, travel, and and and.

There’s a hole in the universe, where Cindy once shone

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