Cynthia Kelley Prescott
  • 72 years old
  • Date of birth: May 10, 1939
  • Date of passing: Nov 1, 2011
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Cynthia Kelley Prescott, 72, born on May 10, 1939 and passed away on November 1, 2011. We will remember her forever.
Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Yngvar Nordby on 1st November 2014

"Kjære Tante Cindy. Today I think of the times we had together and the life you lived.Thank you for the luggage you gave me. You will always have a place in my heart. - Yngvar"

This tribute was added by Carol Bott on 10th May 2014

"I can still here Cindy's laughter in my head and heart. Our love goes out to her family."

This tribute was added by Janet Matcheck on 1st November 2013

"Two weeks ago today I was visiting Cornell again.  I walked into Sibley Dome and stopped by the office that I shared with Cynthia from 1986 -1990.  Such happy memories of my dear, dear friend!"

This tribute was added by maria julia jauregui on 12th January 2012

"There are women who leave more than a memory in life, and Cynthia was for us an example to follow, a motivation to live for and a real gift that God sent us. It's easy to be sad about a loss this great, but the love and affection that she left in our hearts is strong enough to smile and always give thanks for having her in our life. God bless you now and forever Cynthia."

This tribute was added by Alison Barnhill on 13th November 2011

"Dear Chris, Eric & Jenny - I am so thankful to have met your Mom.  I will never forget the wonderful luncheon she hosted for all of us at Cornell.  She gave us a great tour of the campus and even bought my three year old son a Cornell sweatshirt.  It was an event I will never forget.  I truly know how heartbreaking the loss of a parent can be.  Take special care and cherish the memories."

This tribute was added by Leslie Babik on 10th November 2011

"eric,jen,pam,chris-- "CKP" was a wonderful wife to my father. She was so dedicated to him. Her love and kindness has kept him going for 20 some years. She was a great teacher, advocate and cook. I will never forget all of the nice things she did for both myself and Mel. She was always willing to help out anyone. She always listened to me when my mom had issues and offered advice."

This tribute was added by Ulv Bredal on 8th November 2011

"Dear Jenny Eric and Chris
My dearest ant has past. I´m very, very sorry for that and ofcourse for you aswell.
Very much love from me"

This tribute was added by Brian Beeners on 7th November 2011

"...continued. Cynthia was my dear friend and mentor. We shared many of life's ups and downs. Her sense of humor was infectious and we shared many laughs together. Mostly she has had a very positive influence on the direction of my life as she has had on many others. We have all been so blessed to have had her in our lives. Cynthia will be dearly missed.She is one with the angels now."

This tribute was added by Brian Beeners on 7th November 2011

"Mel, Jenny,Eric and Chris. In everything she did Cynthia was a class act. She was a vivacious, strong willed woman who lived life to it's fullest.  Very loving, compassionate and generous. A person who treated friends as family she made everyone feel valued and special. In the workplace she watched over her staff like a mother hen, taking a genuine interest in all of us."

This tribute was added by Dawn Spina on 7th November 2011

"Mel, Chris, Eric, and Jenny.  Our deepest sympathy is extended to your family during this time.  We remember Cynthia as very generous and giving.  How wonderful to read all the warm tributes being paid to her.  Joe and Dawn Spina"

This tribute was added by Charles W. Jermy, Jr. on 7th November 2011

"Cynthia was such a special person—clear-headed, strong-willed, and, yet, always understanding and compassionate. After she retired from Cornell she asked me to write several letters of recommendation for her. I was greatly honored by that request because I knew that meant she trusted me. I also knew how much she loved her family, and it is for each of you that I am praying."

This tribute was added by Joshua Brand on 7th November 2011

"Dear Eric,

I am so deeply sorry to hear the passing of your wonderful mom. I remember her, just like it was yesterday. She was an amazing person. Always had a big laugh, she was so caring and so much fun to be around. I am sure you are going through a lot right now.  You have our deepest sympathies and we are thinking of you, Chris and Jenny during this difficult time."

This tribute was added by Yngvar Nordby on 7th November 2011

"My deepest, deepest condolences with aunt Cindy’s away going. She told me repeatedly – you’re in my thoughts almost every single day. That was so likewise. She was a like mother to me in one of my most vulnerable years of my upbringing. Thank you guys for everything. My gratitude is eternal. Much love, Yngvar"

This tribute was added by Kristen Bott-Nordstrom on 6th November 2011

"Mrs. Norby, as I called her for many years, was one of my mother's dearest and  beloved friends. Growing up in Brockport, I would look forward to her annual summer visit with Chris, Eric, and Jenny.  It was always fun times filled with her amazing laugh. She bleached my jeans;taught me how to make real coffee;and advised me on my first Homecoming dress.  I feel blessed to have known her."

This tribute was added by Nancy Kirk on 6th November 2011

"A favorite anecdote about Cynthia was how she took in a stray kitten and to prevent her allergies from acting up, washed it under the kitchen faucet!. Only she would think of (and get away with) washing a cat!  It exemplified her compassion, big heart and take action attitude.  I loved her dearly and will always remember her as such a classy woman with the best sense of humor.  Godspeed!"

This tribute was added by Bernadette Eddy on 6th November 2011

"(Continued)  However, we did continue to keep in touch via phone calls and emails. Oh Mel, what can I say.  We sure had some great times with you and Cynthia at your home in Cortland.  She was so much fun.  Please share my regrets with the rest of the family and I will be thinking and praying for all of you.  May you find peace and comfort in the days ahead.

Warm regards,

This tribute was added by Bernadette Eddy on 6th November 2011

"Dear Mel, Eric, Jenny, Chris and Pam,

I am so sorry to hear of Cynthia's passing.  She was a wonderful person.  I learned so much from her when I was her assistant director in the College of AA&P at Cornell.  We had some really great times together.  It was a sad day for me when she moved away from Cortland, NY"

This tribute was added by Bill McIntyre on 6th November 2011

"Chris, Eric and Jenny - Condolences on the loss of your mom.  Growing up next-door, I have wonderful memories are of play dates supervised by Mrs. Nordby.  Your mom's sense of humor, smile and loving demeanor will be remembered by all of us.
God Bless,
Bill McIntyre"

This tribute was added by Asa Kristina Miller on 6th November 2011

"Ken Miller - Asa's spouse.
Cynthia was a person unique that faced challenges with grace and tenacity.
She was among the most successful people I have known.
Beauty, humor, grace, wisdom, truck driver subtlety when required, a true friend
a huge heart. Our lives were enhanced by being sprinkled with her Pixie Dust."

This tribute was added by Asa Kristina Miller on 5th November 2011

"I knew Cynthia for ages.  She was my best friend. An incredible mother,
wonderful friend and always striving for excellence.

She was the smartest woman I know (she learned Swedish in 15 minutes).
She was creative, was a fabulous chef, she was a very special human
and I am glad to be her friend.
She is the spirit of my heart that will live forever....Asa"

This tribute was added by cora alsante on 5th November 2011

"What an amazing woman!  So full of life and very giving.  When each of my children was born, Cynthia was the first one to send a special present for them to sleep with - each personalized with their name and date of birth - they are still my childrens' personal favorites! I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to get to know her and to realize how truly special she was!"

This tribute was added by nancy ackles on 5th November 2011

"Cindy was one of my close friends from high school.Bright ,articulate and so much fun. We had a wonderful time. My thoughts and prayers are with all of her family who she loved so much. Nancy Ackles"

This tribute was added by Carol Bott on 5th November 2011

"Oh how she loved her family ! Such a loyal, fun, fun, friend to have for over 60 years! Whenever we were with Cindy, you just knew that there would be plenty of interesting conversation and lots of laughs. We have been blessed to have such a wonderful and loving friendship. You will be missed; you will be remembered."

This tribute was added by DArcy Coletta Sincebaugh on 5th November 2011

"(con't) surroundings. My Mom loved many of her delicious recipes and we still make her famous chocolate cake frosting, this
recipe has been loved and enjoyed by many and remains in my recipe box to this day. She was a very special person, one who gave to all around her, and will be dearly missed."

This tribute was added by DArcy Coletta Sincebaugh on 5th November 2011

"Chris, Eric and Jenny, I was so saddened to hear of your Mom's passing. I will always remember her as the beautiful, vibrant woman across the street on Elmwood Place.She was a great Mom and so fun to be around. She loved her family, her children so much, and her love of life pervaded everything. I loved her sense of style and her love of decorating- bringing so much warmth and love to all of her"

This tribute was added by Bunny Keene on 5th November 2011

"Cynthia became my friend when we served together on our HOA Board of Directors.  I loved her outspoken honesty, extreme intelligence and her great sense of humor.  Cynthia was a hoot!  I remember our political debates and how her face lit up when she talked about her family.  I only wish I'd kept in touch with her after she moved to SC.  Our sincere sympathies.  God bless you all."

This tribute was added by Alissa Shulman on 5th November 2011

We will always remember her as a gental but strong women who was not afraid to voice her own core values and at the same time her kind eyes and warm smile made you feel at ease.  We love you Jenny and we our thinking of you and your family."

This tribute was added by michael coletta on 5th November 2011

"(continued from below) Chris, Eric and Jenny, your mom was so wonderful to us growing up, we have so many fond memories of her and how she accepted us all into her home every day.  She made us feel like it was our home. Please know you are all in our thoughts.


This tribute was added by michael coletta on 5th November 2011

"Eric, I'm so very sorry and deeply saddened to hear this. Your mom in my minds eye was always so vivacious and full of life. I'm so sad for you and your family. I can recall like it was yesterday her having to endure my constant presence and travels to the basement for ping pong, as well as your relentless efforts to embarrass me with her...saying I don't like her cooking etc (wasn't true)"

This tribute was added by Mary Shine on 5th November 2011

"Chris, Eric and Jenny,
The Messer family is greatly saddened by the loss of your mother.  She was a woman filled with incredible life, love and great laughter.  "Mrs. Nordby" was the first glamorous woman in my life introducing me to my first manicure!  She will always have a special place in my heart and the memories I possess will forever make me smile."

This tribute was added by kevin kelleher on 5th November 2011

"I have many happy memories of Cynthia with her family, all filled with great laughter. Although sadness pervades at this time, I know you all hold on to and will carry forward Cynthia’s love of family, humor and intellect. The year ahead will be filled with many somber ‘firsts’ without her but soon the laughter and joy with which she filled her days will be felt again by all of you."

This tribute was added by jeanne mcintyre on 5th November 2011

"I will always remember 'Mrs Nordby' as a very strong presence throughout my childhood. She was such a dynamic woman -- smart and spunky with a great sense of humor.   I was always welcome at the Nordbys' house and I loved being around her and her family. Even though it's been years since I've seen her, I miss her very much."

This tribute was added by Randall Vaughan on 5th November 2011

"Chris, Eric and Jenny:
I am so very sorry to hear about your mom. I have tears in my eyes. I believe that I only saw her one time over the years but I can vividly remember how cheerful and happy she was to see me. A great lady. A piece of her lives on in each of you."

This tribute was added by Jacqueline Bruce on 5th November 2011

"To the family of our dear friend. There is so much to celebrate in Cynthia's life. Her vivacious nature and unwavering resolve helped her to confront the headwinds of life. She is an inspiration to all of us. We love and miss her."

This tribute was added by glenn altschuler on 5th November 2011

"I remember Cynthia with great fondness.  She was a superb administrator in the College of Art, Architecture and Planning at Cornell, who cared deeply about students and faculty.  And her love for her children was very special.  May they - and all who cared about her - find some solace in wonderful memories."

This tribute was added by Bruce Ganem on 5th November 2011

"Eric, Chris, Jenny,
I was saddened to learn about Cynthia's passing.  We occasionally exchanged messages; perhaps the last was about two years ago when she wrote about enjoying her retirement and being with her wonderful grandchildren.  Cynthia's many dear friends in the Cornell Chemistry Department join me in conveying our most sincere condolences to her family."

This tribute was added by kimberly german on 4th November 2011

"My heart aches for all of you, Eric, Chris and mostly Jenny my friend, I am so sorry. This is a heartbreak.  Please believe your mom is always with you.  You will hear her and feel her presence.  This is a great loss.  I love you Jenny.  I am so sad for you.  I wish I could be there with you."

This tribute was added by Lisa Reznick on 4th November 2011

"Cynthia was a class act and wonderful person. I was privileged to have known her through her children Eric and Jenny while at Cornell. She had the uncanny ability to make you feel like family and always greet you with a smile and warm hug. My condolences to all of her family and friends. "Death leaves a heartache that no one can heal. Love leaves a memory that no one can steal"."

This tribute was added by Nancy Wolfe on 4th November 2011

"The staff at Roger C. Peace Hospital would like to express our condolence to you and your family.  We will remember her spunk and determination but most of all her laughter.  We are sorry for your loss."

This tribute was added by Craig Higgins on 4th November 2011

"Cynthia was a great mentor and dear friend.  We shared work, and life's many ups and downs.  She helped me with my career, but mostly with wisdom and valuable perspective on life.  I have so many fond memories of the time we worked together and our friendship after.  Peace."

This tribute was added by David Howe on 4th November 2011

"To Mel, Chris, Jenny and Eric. Joby and I mourn the loss of Cynthia along with you and the rest of her family. She was unique in every way, and was a tremendous positive influence on all of you. It was a privilege to know her and enjoy her intellect, passion and sense of humor. Her passing reminds us of the brevity of time we are all allotted. She made the most hers. We love you all."

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