Cynthia "Cindy" Michelle Scalia was born in New Orleans to Sal and Debbie Scalia on September 20, 1978. Her greatest blessing was being born to the Scalias, who worked tirelessly for all of Cindy's life to enrich, protect, and serve her needs. She was the center of the family and the greatest blessing of their lives. Cindy had Down's Syndrome, but that alone did not define her. Her outgoing personality, celebration of daily life, and ability to continuously challenge herself defined her. Her unconditional love of family and friends was immeasurable. Cindy brought out the best in everyone around her. She was 'special' alright; special in the manner that she unified people and helped them appreciate life. Cindy lived every minute of her 38 years to the fullest and was a "rock star" at all she did. She was a graduate of Riverdale High School and Louisiana Vo-Tech College. She volunteered for many organizations, was a Self-Advocate for Families Helping Families, a member of the Jefferson Parish Regional Advisory Committee, and presenter at multiple Jefferson Parish Family Forums. She was a 23-time medal winning Special Olympics athlete, an honorary member of the St. Martin's cheerleading squad for over a decade, the manager of the Conference Champion, Loyola Women's Basketball Team (for which she was also named Manager of the Decade), a recipient of the Friendliest Student award at Matas Elementary, a recipient of the St. Martin's yearbook dedication in 1999 and Spirit Award in 2000, an acolyte at All Saints Church for over 25 years, a performer, runway model, and sold out artist for Special Connections, Vice President and eventually President of Oyster Sunday on Saturday. She was a multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, and composer, a YouTube sensation, the life of every party, and the queen of everything. She is survived by her mother, Debbie, father, Sal, brother, Brent, sister, Amy (Brad), beloved nephews, Wilson and Davis, many aunts, uncles, and cousins, five godsons, and more 'adopted' sisters, brothers, in-laws, nieces, and nephews than we can count. Her life was enriched by many amazing teachers, caretakers, nurses and doctors, who to her, were simply her friends. We have lost a beacon of all that is good in the world, but heaven has gained an angel. Visitation will be held Friday evening, February 17th from 5:00-8:00, at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home (5100 Pontchartrain Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70124). Visitation will be held at 12:00 on Saturday, February 18th at St. Paul's Episcopal Church (6249 Canal Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70124) preceding the mass at 1:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Special Connections, a non-profit day program for individuals with special needs (#12 Tokalon Place, Metairie, LA 70001) or All Saints Episcopal Church (100 Rex Drive, River Ridge, LA 70123), to which she was actively devoted her entire life. To sign and view the guest book, visit www.lakelawnmetairie.com.
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