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It is with great sadness that the family of Cynthia Allan (nee Colby) announces her passing at the age of 82 in Elk Grove, California, from complications related to Parkinson's Disease. She will be deeply missed by all those who loved her. Cynthia was born and raised in Quebec, Canada, traveling among various towns as a child with her sister Linda and mother Phyllis until she ended up working in the Canadian Imperial bank at the age of 17 in St. John's. In 1957 she became a flight attendant for Trans-Canada Airlines, flying regionally and cross-country. She married her husband Eric in 1962, in Vancouver, B.C. Later, they adopted two children, Christina and Brian. Eric's banking career took the family to Edmonton, Alberta, before they moved to the Palos Verdes Peninsula in 1980. For the next 34 years, she was a loving partner and homemaker, even sewing her own beautiful clothes and fundraising items. She was a rock of support for Eric as he founded a regional bank, Malaga Bank, and together they supported numerous community activities and philanthropies, as well as traveling to such far-flung locales as South Korea, Australia and Brazil. Cynthia was also an avid tennis player competing in the South Bay Marine League through the Peninsula Racquet Club. She loved to read World War II historical biographies, keep current on the latest news and political events, and pursue her own philanthropic passions by supporting the Jester and Pharley Phund, Boys and Girls Club of San Pedro, Rainbow Services, Peninsula Education Foundation, Providence Trinity Hospice, St. Jude Children's Hospital, Volunteer Center of the South Bay, Children of the Night, Peninsula Symphony and so many more. She served on the Board of the Robert F. Kennedy Medical Center and for over ten years delighted in the fellowship and delicious gourmet foods she helped Las Candalistas prepare to help raise money for those less fortunate. After her beloved husband passed away in 2001, she continued to participate in various social groups like the Red Hat Society, and had many friends with whom she enjoyed playing bridge and attending theater outings. She also visited regularly with her son Brian and his wife Koryn as well as grandchildren Devin and Audrey and great-grand-daughter Aliyah, who also lived in the Los Angeles area. Her strength and courage helped her to stay independent in the beautiful small-knit living community of Seahill Townhomes where she made many deep and lasting friendships. In 2014, a few years after she was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease, she decided that she would not be able to live independently much longer, and chose to join her daughter Christina and wife De in Sacramento, California. Together, they created a new home for all of them, and her Northern California extended family also welcomed her generously and filled her life with a rich assortment of birthday, holiday and family gatherings and outings. The highlight was in the summer of 2015 when both her Southern and Northern California family vacationed together on the Hawaiian Island of Maui, her favorite vacation destination. As her health progressively declined, her care needs grew more intense and she moved into the Carlton Senior Living Center, in Elk Grove, California. There she continued to make new friends by playing bingo every day and soon learning all the residents' names and backgrounds. Her daughter continued to help care for her in the last year of her life as her health deteriorated. She passed away peacefully in the presence of her adoring family and will be long remembered for her strong and lively spirit, her generosity and compassion, her endless optimism, superhuman courage, and deep unconditional love. She is preceded in death by her husband of 39 years, Richard Eric Powers. She is remembered in deep love by her sister Linda, daughter Christina, son Brian, daughters-in-law Koryn and De, her granddaughters Audrey (Ben) and Devin, and great-grand-daughter Aliyah. She was also cherished deeply by her Northern California family of Jenny (Steve), Dan (Cara), Brennon and Zoe, and with much love by her Canadian cousin Sandy (Steve), nieces Julie (Martin), Heather, and Lisa, nephews Mark (Melissa), Michael (Denise), Christopher (Elizabeth) and Jamie (Diane) plus many grand-nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be sent to the Children of the Night, the Parkinson's Foundation, or the American Cancer Society.
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