Cynthia Anne Boyles-Sandman
November 29, 1941 – October 19, 2018
Cynthia Anne Boyles-Sandman, a wonderful person, generous with her time, knowledge, and love, was born November 29, 1941 in Fall River, Massachusetts and passed on October 19, 2018 in Orlando, Florida at the age of 76. Preceded in death by her husband Lee Sandman, parents Leo and Flora Boyles, and her younger brother Chris. She is survived by five brothers; Clyde (Joyce), Thomas (Suzi), Jerry (Barb), John (Brenda) and David (Nancy), along with many nieces and nephews. A graduate of Amelia High School, near Cincinnati, she left a few years later for New York City to begin and exciting experience working aboard cruise ships. There she met her future husband, Lee, who served as an officer in the US Navy and later in the Merchant Marines. Shifting careers, she received her BS degree from Hunter College in New York City while working at the same time in hospital administration. It was at Hunter College she met Fran Tomes which led to a friendship lasting over 50 years. Cindy left New York to assume the role as a loving and dedicated caregiver for her parents. A role she would also assume for her husband Lee, and two of her aunts, Gladys and Alma. She was passionate about genealogy and spent a great deal of time carefully researching and documenting family history. She was always at family reunions with her camera, organizing the group photos, rolling her eyes at all our clowning around and supermodel poses, patiently weaving new threads into the tapestry of our family history. Ever since hosting her grade school class to watch the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth in 1953, she has closely followed the development of the Royal Family and often had high tea with family and friends. She loved Elvis Presley much to the chagrin of most of her brothers who favored Pat Boone. Maybe she was forward thinking recognizing the new trend in music and the boys were just stuck in the old conservative music. Cindy was a passionate defender of her brothers, a good friend to her sisters-in-law, and caring aunt to her nieces and nephews. She was inquisitive and curious by nature and always had lots of questions to ask. She was also a vivid storyteller, and her stories will live on in the memories of all who knew and loved her. Funeral services will be held at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, Florida on April 8, 2019 at 11:00 am
Cynthia Anne Boyles-Sandman
November 19, 2018
Cindy's passing has left a huge hole in my heart that will be there for years to come. As a sister, she was always there for me, providing compassion, concern, guidance and help from the time I was born to her last day. Cindy gave much of herself usually putting the concerns of others above her own. She made a significant career and lifestyle sacrifice by leaving New York City to care for our parents. We are forever grateful for this selfless act. Words could never express how much her role as a caretaker was appreciated and how it made the final years of our parents so much better.
One of my favorite memories was when my family and I visited Cindy in NYC. Spending time at her apartment, walking through Central Park, seeing the sites and going to the Morning Show at the NBC Studio created lasting memories.
Cindy was the family historian. The go to person whenever we needed answers concerning our genealogy, family lore or who did what when we were growing up. With five brothers she was clearly outnumbered but she did a good job keeping us in line. She showed great patience and restraint putting up with us. In the end Cindy proved she really was a princess.
Love you sis. I will miss you.
David (the baby of the family who always got everything :) )
November 18, 2018
Cindy, I miss you greatly. Growing up we kids broke into two camps. Clyde, Tom and Jerry were the Three Musketeers or the "Rat Pack". David, you and me were the "outcasts". We were the original "deplorables". The older guys didn't play much with the little kids and certainly didn't want to hang out with a little sister - a girl. But to us you were and will always be our big sister. You gave us the attention we sought and you taught us many things with your wisdom and insight.
Growing up we moved a lot and you were instrumental in helping me integrate into new schools and environments. Through a quirk of moving and different school curricula we wound up in the same Latin class and Algebra class. In Algebra we sat side by side and the teacher would challenge us to outperform one another. I know I learned more Latin and Algebra competing with you than I ever would have done on my own. When we went o Bossee High School we walked a considerable distance each and every day. I believe it was ten miles uphill both ways. We had grand conversations about our future plans and lives. I will forever miss talking to you.
I fondly remember once in Mariemont I made you a vanilla milkshake. I mischievously tinted it with food coloring. You refused to drink it because it was BLUE.
I remember the good times we had doing the 1980 Census. I hired on as an Enumerator and worked part-time since I was working full-time. You also hired on as an Enumerator, only full-time. As soon as they realized how brilliant and organized you were they promoted you to Supervisor and I wound up working for you. I could never have picked a better boss.
Cindy, I miss you greatly and you will forever be my big sister.
November 15, 2018
My beloved Auntie C...I can't believe that you are gone so suddenly and so soon. I thought we would have many more years of sharing ideas, insights, and laughter. All my life, I looked up to you and was greatly inspired by your sense of fun and adventure. I loved how you took the time to notice and appreciate the small joys and small gifts of life that were often overlooked by everyone else. I loved how you really took the time to to get to know your family and friends, ask questions, share stories, and cherish the gifts and memories that each person gave to you. You touched so many lives in such beautiful ways, and your curious, gentle spirit continues to inspire me to this day.
The Jewish mezuzzah that I gave you so many years ago is now posted beside my entryway, and I think of you every time I see it. You encouraged my explorations off the beaten path, and even took pictures (lots of pictures!) to document my journey. I still have that picture you took of me experimenting with henna in my hair. Not my best pic, but now I smile when I look at it. Thank you for encouraging me to be myself, for encouraging my creativity and sense of adventure, for encouraging me to cherish family and memories. You took care of me when I needed it, encouraged me when I needed it, and challenged me when I needed it.
I love you,
Your Sharon Lynn
November 14, 2018
Cindy was a hard worker....She enjoyed gathering home grown tomatoes in the summer and making those southern tomato sandwiches!!!
She loved her parents and her brothers greatly.
John found some handwritten hymns in her address book --Amazing Grace and Blessed Assurance- -these were sung at her Fathers funeral. They had a special meaning to her I am sure. She is terribly missed already and will be missed even more as time goes by!!!!
November 13, 2018
Cindy was my best friend for over 50 years. We went to school together at Hunter College, and worked together at New York University MC. We traveled together, shared meals together and shared all our thoughts. Later we were separated by miles but the miles melted away by all the phone calls we made to each other. It is a great loss to me and her family. She will never be forgotten. Good Bye Cinda-la (as I called her). You left us too soon.
November 11, 2018
My family and I are so sorry to read about the sad death of Cynthia and send our deepest sympathy. May your lifelong treasured memories and the warmth of family and friends give you comfort. May the resurrection hope we share of seeing our loved ones again as Jesus promised at JOHN 11:25 give you strength and peace.
The Dawes family