Cyndy Sturdy b: Cynthia Rae Arnt (Oct 3, 1955 – April 11, 2021) Camrose, AB
We are saddened by the loss of a beautiful person, a loving wife, a caring friend, cousin, Auntie and sister. Cyndy was one who delighted in living life a little differently, with streaks of colour through her hair, usually with a tasteful, showy necklace around her neck.
Cyndy was born to Elizabeth Clark (nee: Tagtemeyer) in Camrose, Alberta. When Cyndy was 9, her mother re-married a caring step-father, Buck Clark, and they moved to “The Farm” north of Erskine, Alberta. Two sibling sisters, Dana Clark (Danny) of Calgary, and Tracy Clark-Bensmiller were born, eventually bringing along a large Alberta Family, including, Auntie Tag, and Jamie Denhoff and Kelsey Bensmiller Cyndy’s niece. Cyndy loved her little sisters, and delighted in learning new skills on the farm, including caring for animals, which she did all her life. (Her beloved dog, Archie, will be moving to Salmon Arm, in care of Joan Sturdy. (“She was my best friend”)
Cyndy left the farm when she was about 15years old, and after a brief time in Calgary and a bad car accident, found herself on the West Coast. She met husband Mike while they were both working for the same company. She in Graphics, he in Photography. Michael later worked for CBC, and together they renovated a couple of houses in Vancouver and were able to move to Armstrong to start a Ginseng Farm.
Meanwhile, Cyndy followed her passion, getting the necessary education and certificates to teach her Skills for Life Program, which ran for 4-5 years in Vernon. She worked on the Board of Directors of the Women’s Transition House. She was a Board member of the Independent Living Resource Centre, leading to her huge involvement with the disabled puppets “Kids on the Block” and the teenagers she trained to work with them, doing performances at schools. Cyndy was an advocate for the less-fortunate, be it disability related, or childhood trauma, alcoholism, or ending poverty. She wrote numerous articles and letters and assisted with many “Take Back the Night “ marches, to end violence against women. In recognition, Cyndy Received Volunteer Service award from Red Cross and the Certificate of Merit.
Cyndy and Mike loved to travel. They often spoke of fun times in Cuba and Mexico … Mike with his Camera, and Cyndy with her various interests. She loved to cruise and loved meeting people. She kept a diary of cruise adventures with her Mother in Mexico,
After that, she took a course in plant care and flower arrangement, a great outlet for her creativity. She later drove the backroads of the Spallumcheen area near Armstrong where Mike and she live, and put together 5 years of Calendars, called « Broke Down Barns of the North Okanagan ». (They will be offered to the historical society of Armstrong). Proceeds from the calendars went to a lunch program in an Armstrong School. Most recently, Cyndy Worked for the Volunteer Drivers Program out of Armstrong, assisting people to get to appointments.
For many years, Cyndy went to Maui, to the Ukulele and Hawaiian dance School. She was a lively participant in the audience. She was fun. She and her friend Norianne dressed up as Piggies for IPE parade and sold coffee and muffins to paraders. She was an avid fan of Coronation Street and could discuss plotlines with the best of them.
Cyndy’s ashes are laid to rest at her home in Armstrong and at the farm in Stettler. There will only be small private recognitions of her passing, for now. Anyone wishing to write a condolence note may do so at www.myalternatives.ca/armstrong/obituaries
One friend commented: “She had overcome so many personal struggles and setbacks in her life its hard to believe she finally met one last Stroke that proved fatal. I said to her once, that if I ever met her when she wasn’t sporting a sling, eye patch, cast or cane I wouldn’t recognize her!” Many people benefitted from Cyndy’s caring nature. She would follow up when she knew people were ill and take flowers or a card or … cookies. She was very sensitive, and never ever wanted to hurt anyone. She wanted to be seen, to organize, and to help.
In lieu of flowers, a donation made to your local SPCA would be very appropriate as a way of honouring this wonderful woman.
Nos plus sincères sympathies à la famille et aux amis de Cyndy Sturdy April 11th 2021..
Décès pour la Ville: Armstrong, Province: Colombie britanique