Cynthia Annette Alexander was born in Apalachicola on July 26, 1955. She passed away Thursday, June 18, 2020 at her home in Port St. Joe.
She graduated from George Washington High School in 1973. In 1983, she graduated with a CNA certification from The Bridge at Bay Saint Joseph and immediately began working at the nursing home.
Cynthia worked for 10 years before she decided to go into the home healthcare field where she enjoyed traveling and providing healthcare services to the community. Cynthia returned to the nursing home after a couple of years and continued to work there until she retired in Feb. 2020. Cynthia was well known for her beautiful smile and her “tell it like it is” personality.
Although she was passionate about her work, she was even more passionate about serving others. Cynthia had a “helping” nature about her that touched others in profound ways. She was a motivator, a teacher, and a giver. She was very passionate about family, friends, and her job. Cynthia was always willing to help others at work and at home. For this reason, she had an amazing connection with numerous people within the community and across state lines.
Cynthia became a Jehovah’s Witness in 1982. She participated in several community service projects with her local church. She was a loving woman of faith.
Cynthia was the daughter of Mary T. Williams and Ernest Raines. She had two sisters, LaFreda Raines Trotter and Jackie Raines, and a younger brother, Kenneth Raines. She had eight half-brothers and sisters, Flora, Ernest, Dennis, Wale’, Josh, Philemon, Ralph, and Mark.
Cynthia was the mother of six children, LeTron, Cedrick, Dedrick, Eric, Tamala, and Shameka, three of whom are living and three who are now deceased. She leaves behind 11 grandchildren, Kaleb, Aubrea, Ashjanee, Ashawn, DaJuan, Au'Zaya, Jahdon, Jabari, Zayquion, Tyvaun, and Howard Jr., and three great-grandbabies, Johnathan, Kennedy, and Reagan, which she has helped raise and inspire.
Cynthia enthusiastically adored her family and even with the struggles of losing her children, she always persisted as a woman of humility and strength who smiled despite difficulties and fervently continued serving others.
Her homegoing ceremony was held Saturday, June 27 at Centennial Park, 2201 Centennial Dr., Port St. Joe. As a COVID-conscious service, social distancing was required for those who attended the service and repast in person. The family provided instructions on maintaining safety, and asked that everyone wear a mask. Prior to the ceremony, from 8 to 9 a.m., posters were made which were used at the end of the ceremony. The ceremony was from 10 to 11 a.m. Mourners also could participate via ZOOM conference on a link shared on Cynthia's Facebook page.