Cynthia Louise Stiles
A graveside service for family and close friends will be held on Saturday, June 28, 2014, at 11 a.m. in the Old Davidson City Cemetery, Davidson, N.C., with the Rev. Mark M. Norman Vickers officiating.
Born in Davidson, N.C., Cynthia grew up in a large family who showed a curiosity about life. She became interested in music, sports and faroff places, and these interests later propelled her into a career in teaching.
She graduated from Mitchell Junior College in Statesville, N.C. She later earned a bachelor's degree from Appalachian State Teachers College and a master's degree from Peabody Institute in Tennessee. Cynthia served as a house mother at the Children's School in Granite Quarry, N.C., and went on to teach for many years in French, English and physical education at Cove Creek High School and Watauga High School. During this period, she spent summers working at the Shirley Rogers Girl Scout Camp in Roaring Gap, eventually became the facility's director.
Her passions extended to playing the organ for two local churches, playing the violin, traveling to Europe, and in her senior years, taking up watercolor painting and competitive figure skating. Cynthia loved sharing life with her extended family and she always found time to remember every cousin, niece or nephew on their birthdays. She will be missed.
"Aunt Cynthia" is survived by her sisters, Anne Stiles Hardin of Brookfield, Conn.; Porter Stiles Gibson of Greensboro, N.C.; and an army of children she helped raise.
Online condolences may be offered at http://www.forbisanddick.com. Forbis and Dick Guilford Chapel is assisting the family of Ms. Stiles.