NORFOLK — Cynthia “Cindy” M. Gipson, 63, of Norfolk, died Wednesday, March 13, 2013, in Norfolk.
A celebration of her life will be held in open-house style from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Monday at The Loft at 311 W. Norfolk Ave. A brief reading will take place at 5:30 p.m. Friends and family are encouraged to prepare brief stories of Cindy’s life to share at the celebration. Those unable to attend who would like to share remembrances may do so at ToRememberCindy@gmail.com.
Cindy will be remembered by her family, friends, colleagues and by generations of students for her kindness, compassion, caring and love. She lived by the motto that no act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted. A consummate educator, Cindy shared her kindness with everyone in her life, from her closest family to complete strangers. Her generosity and her strength supported hundreds of her friends during her life. Her professionalism and her wisdom aided many of her colleagues. Her compassion, caring and ability to connect with young people helped thousands of students to successfully navigate the turbulent transitions of adolescence. And her love was the rock that built her devoted family.
Born on Sept. 25, 1949, in Roanoke, Va., Cindy was the daughter of Dallas and Eleanor (Loudermilk) Miller (Necessary). Her father’s Air Force assignments moved their family frequently, and she grew up in Virginia, Wyoming, Louisiana, New Mexico, Ohio, Mississippi, California and Morocco. She graduated from Cheyenne East High School in Wyoming, earned her bachelor’s degree and teaching certificate from Hastings College and received her master’s degree from Wayne State College.
Cindy married Roger Gipson on June 1, 1969, in Cheyenne, Wyo. The couple lived in Hastings until 1977, when they moved to Norfolk. Cindy taught for 29 years at Norfolk Junior High and Norfolk Middle School. She also taught at Northeast Community College, Wayne State College and several other area elementary and high schools. She had a passion for literature, young adult lit and poetry, and she loved to travel. She and Roger visited much of the United States including Alaska and Hawaii. They also experienced parts of Russia, Tanzania, Morocco and Taiwan.
Cindy is survived by her husband; son and daughter-in-law, Keith and Marie Gipson of Seattle, Wash.; son Neil Gipson of Washington, D.C.; mother Eleanor Necessary of Salem, Va.; father and stepmother, Dallas and Jean Miller of Newport News, Va.; sister Ivy Miller of Hampton Roads, Va.; nephew Adam Bliwas of Maui, Hawaii; and niece Lauren Bliwas of Chicago, Ill.
She was preceded in death by her adoring stepfather, Ralph Necessary.
In lieu of memorial contributions, the family asks that caring friends honor Cindy’s legacy by committing a Random Act of Kindness and Senseless Beauty, and by reading aloud to your children or grandchildren.