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Cynthia Derochea

  • Birth 17 Jun 1940
  • Death 9 Mar 2004
  • Burial Unknown
  • Memorial ID 40151988

"Cynthia was an extraordinary woman, she touched many, many lives. As a mother she was a warm, giving and always loving, and above all a great friend, we had a lot of great times. She suffered from liver cirrhosis for quite a few years, and fought her hardest with this disease. She loved to help people, and she was often found striking up conversations everywhere with everybody :) In April 2002, she lost her daughter, Cheryl Tavares, to homicide. This devastated her and she was never the same after that, it was then that she started to fail health wise, and we had hoped for her to get a new liver, but unfortunately her lungs were too weak for the operation. Cynthia worked many jobs helping the disabled and elderly, even when she was sick, she never complained to anyone and just kept going and going. In September 2001, she was given a week to live, she lasted three years and fooled them all! She was 63 years old when she passed away due to cirrhosis of the liver. She is survived by her husband John of 43 years, daughters:(Tanya), Marie, a brother Larry, three grandchildren David, Joel and Cory (the children of her deceased daughter) and a great grandson. She is predeceased by daughter Cheryl Tavares.

Poem dedicated by a relative of Cynthia's:

"When tomorrow starts without me, and I'm not there to see; If the sun should rise and find your eyes all filled with tears for me; I wish so much you wouldn't cry the way you did today, while thinking of the many things we didn't get to say. I know how much you love me, as much as I love you, and each time you think of me I know you'll miss me too; But when tomorrow starts without me, please try to understand, that an angel came and called my name and took me by the hand,and said my place was ready in heaven far above, and that I'd have to leave behind all those I dearly love. But as I turned to walk away, a tear fell from my eye,for all life, I'd always thought I didn't want to die. I had so much to live for and so much yet to do, it seemed almost impossible that I was leaving you. I thought of all the yesterdays, the good ones and the bad,I thought of all the love we shared and all the fun we had. If I could relive yesterday, I thought, just for awhile,I'd say goodbye and kiss you and maybe see you smile. But then I fully realized that this could never be,for emptiness and memories would take the place of me. And when I thought of worldly things that I'd miss come tomorrow, I thought of you, and when I did, my heart was filled with sorrow. But when I walked through heaven's gates, I felt so much at home. When God looked down and smiled at me, from His great golden throne, He said, "This is eternity and all I've promised you". Today for life on earth is past but here it starts anew. I promise no tomorrow, but today will always last, and since each day's the same day, there's no longing for the past. But you have been so faithful, so trusting, and so true. Though there were times you did some things you knew you shouldn't do. But you have been forgiven and now at last you're free. So won't you take my hand and share my life with me? So when tomorrow starts without me, don't think we're far apart, for every time you think of me, I'm right here in your heart."

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