Cynthia L. Davis, recently of Allentown, Pennsylvania and newly moved to Chapel Hill, North Carolina, died on June 18 at the Duke University - Hock Family Pavilion hospice facility in Durham, NC. A quadriplegic since a car accident in 1969, she led a fulfilling life, and had a 26-year career as a social worker in Veterans Administration Hospitals in the Boston area and in Augusta, Georgia.
Cynthia was born in New Haven, Connecticut, the third of six children of Morris S. Davis and Dorothy Hall Davis. She attended Park College in Parkville, Missouri where she was injured during her sophomore year. Returning to Chapel Hill, she finished her Bachelor’s and two Master’s degrees at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and took a job in the Boston area. From there, she transferred within the VA system to work in Augusta, Georgia, where she was an active member of the Unitarian Universalist Church there and became a docent at the Morris Museum of Art.
Her companion for seventeen years in Augusta was Joseph Mulligan III. In 2004 Cynthia moved to Allentown, Pennsylvania to live with her sister, Debbie. In Allentown, Cynthia became a board member of the Lehigh Valley Center for Independent Living, took classes in literature and history for retirees, developed great friendships and was a dear friend and cheerleader to her sister, Debbie. Cynthia loved people, history, Southern art, literature, and good food. She was an inspiration to many with her positive attitude, her fortitude and courage in the face of difficulties and her will to enjoy life.
She leaves her loyal service dog, Gio II, many devoted friends, brother, Dr. Glenn C. Davis, sisters, Dr. Elizabeth Nyblade, Debbie Davis, Kitty Stalberg, Martha Werlen and all their spouses, children and grandchildren.
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Donations in Cynthia’s memory made be made to Canine Companions for Independence - Northeast Chapter or the Lehigh Valley Center for Independent Living.