Cynthia Gail Peterson

 

October 3, 1955   –  July 2, 2021

 

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Cynthia Gail Peterson

Cynthia passed away at age 65 on July 2, 2021, in her Seattle home.  She was born on October 3rd, 1955, in California to Cecil and Penny “JP” Peterson.  Although one of the smallest houses in a beautiful neighborhood of Seattle, Cynthia loved her home of 25 years.  Her home was filled with artwork and family mementos while sharing space with her precious kitties, Mirabelle and Mickey.

Cynthia’s home was her sanctuary.  Each morning she carried her coffee to the rod iron table outside where she would read the news and enjoy the birds discussing their day as she contemplated hers.

As a young child Cynthia was quiet, yet playful and sometimes mischievous toward her two bigger sisters; mainly the oldest, Janyce. Cynthia would sneak into Janyce’s room and hide some of her treasured possessions.

At times her sisters would hear Cynthia talking with someone in her room.  Imaginary friends?  She had lots of them and they answered back.  Her sisters would sneak around the corner to see who she was talking with.  There she was, cross-legged on the floor, in front of a classroom full of stuffed animal students sitting in a semi-circle, paper and crayons in front of each.

Cynthia studied medicine and became a nurse.  However, from a young age, she recognized her calling.   She went back to university to study education.  She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies at California State University, Northridge in 1981 and in 1988 she graduated with a Master of Science, Education from Portland State University.

Throughout Cynthia’s teaching career she was recognized as an outstanding, passionate, and unique educator by her peers, supervisors, and parents. The most significant reward Cynthia cherished was reaching the minds and imaginations of each child.  She inspired, influenced, supported and encouraged every student through her own creativity and enthusiasm.  Eventually her health challenges became too much so she reluctantly retired from the Everett School district after 40 years of teaching.

Cynthia was a self-taught artist.  She painted in watercolor, created story journal books for her cousins’ children; and she thoughtfully created her own beautiful and charming greeting cards.

Cynthia will be missed by many.  She leaves behind her only remaining family member – her sister Beverly Peterson, her longtime friend and partner Mark Goodman and her extensive family of Peterson cousins.  Most notably to her daily life are her cousin Ric and his wife Paula and her Uncle Bud who was like a father to her when her own father passed away.

Cynthia’s close relationship with God has embraced and carried her to a peaceful resting place.

All our love dear Cynthia, forever.

A funeral service will be held at Holy Spirit Lutheran Church in Kirkland, Washington at 3pm on Tuesday, July 20th, 2021.

3 Responses to “Cynthia Gail Peterson”

  • Jocelyn Sievers-Bailey says:

    You are missed my dear friend. Thanks for loving me!

  • Deb Gobe says:

    Dear Cynthia’s family and friends: I am so very sorry for your loss. The obituary and photos were beautiful and I feel like I got to know Cynthia a little bit. She sounded like an intelligent, creative woman and dedicated teacher. My heartfelt sympathy to all of you.

  • Marilyn Conner Miles says:

    Cynthia lived next to my parents for awhile in a rented house on 56th street in Seattle, and that’s where we met. My dad had cancer and she was so caring. She’d leave little presents for them on the doorstep. We all missed her when she moved away–though it was within walking distance–but glad she was able to buy her own home.
    We didn’t see her for awhile and when Mom ran into her at the neighborhood drug store, she said she had been sick but she was going to be okay and she would “beat this.”
    Dad passed away but not before Cynthia explained Jesus’ love for him and prayed. She and I sometimes had impromptu Bible studies on the back deck.
    Sadly, we lost touch and I have often wondered about her over the years. I was so sad to see today’s notice of her passing in The Seattle Times.

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