Cynthia Hye was born on June 7, 1933, in New Brunswick, New Jersey. She grew up, was educated, and raised her three children there. She worked for AT&T, where she became one of their super sales-women, traveling throughout the U.S. Cynthia came to New Mexico and the Albuquerque Monthly Meeting (AMM) from New Jersey. Cynthia found her sobriety through AA in 1976, and continued that important connection throughout her life. Following a diagnosis of cancer, Cynthia chose not to undergo treatment and lived her last year fully until her death on April 24, 2012, in Albuquerque.
Cynthia was active in the AMM community before and after she became a member. She served as the assistant treasurer, as a clerk of Nominating Committee and as a member of Building and Grounds Committee. Cynthia engaged in welcoming conversations with new attenders and helped them understand the role of Spirit and service to the Meeting.
Her leading in serving the homeless will be remembered, as she took on the task of collecting warm clothing and successfully involved the Meeting in this with faithfulness, creativity, humor and her own inimitable style. Cynthia loved Meeting and strove to learn as much as she could about the Religious Society of Friends.
She had a positive spirit and an eye for lovely things, which she developed as a young person working in her father’s florist shop. Her love of flowers continued throughout her life as did her flair for color and design, which was evident in her personal style.
Along with her participation in the Meeting, she was a well-loved member of a close-knit golfing community. With the help and love of her friends, she remained active in the community even after she could no longer play.
She cared lovingly for her patio garden as long as she could, and she had a special fondness for red geraniums. She also loved to bake and to share her creamy concoctions.
Cynthia leaves a daughter, Diana McCague, and two sons, Don Miller and TJ Miller, as well as four grandchildren and numerous friends. She was well loved in AMM and will be dearly missed.