This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Cynthia Kelley Prescott, 72 years old, born on May 10, 1939, and passed away on November 1, 2011. We will remember her forever.
Posted by Yngvar Nordby on November 1, 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
Posted by Carol Bott on May 10, 2014
I can still here Cindy's laughter in my head and heart. Our love goes out to her family.
Posted by Janet Matcheck on November 1, 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!
Posted by maria julia jauregui on January 12, 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.
Posted by Alison Barnhill on November 13, 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.
Posted by Leslie Babik on November 10, 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.
Posted by Ulv Bredal on November 8, 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
Posted by Dawn Spina on November 7, 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
Posted by Yngvar Nordby on November 7, 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
Posted by Joshua Brand on November 7, 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.
Posted by Charles W. Jermy, Jr. on November 7, 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.
Posted by Brian Beeners on November 7, 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.
Posted by Brian Beeners on November 7, 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.
Posted by Kristen Bott-Nordstrom on November 6, 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.
Posted by Nancy Kirk on November 6, 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!
Posted by Bernadette Eddy on November 6, 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,
Posted by Bernadette Eddy on November 6, 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
Posted by Bill McIntyre on November 6, 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
Posted by Asa Kristina Miller on November 6, 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.
Posted by cora alsante on November 5, 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!
Posted by Asa Kristina Miller on November 5, 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
Posted by nancy ackles on November 5, 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
Posted by Bruce Ganem on November 5, 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.
Posted by glenn altschuler on November 5, 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.
Posted by Jacqueline Bruce on November 5, 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.
Posted by Randall Vaughan on November 5, 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.
Posted by jeanne mcintyre on November 5, 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.
Posted by kevin kelleher on November 5, 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.
Posted by Mary Shine on November 5, 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.
Posted by michael coletta on November 5, 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)
Posted by michael coletta on November 5, 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.

Posted by Alissa Shulman on November 5, 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.
Posted by Bunny Keene on November 5, 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.
Posted by DArcy Coletta Sincebaugh on November 5, 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
Posted by DArcy Coletta Sincebaugh on November 5, 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.
Posted by Carol Bott on November 5, 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.
Posted by David Howe on November 4, 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.
Posted by kimberly german on November 4, 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.
Posted by Lisa Reznick on November 4, 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".
Posted by Nancy Wolfe on November 4, 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.
Posted by Craig Higgins on November 4, 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.

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Posted by Yngvar Nordby on November 1, 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
Posted by Carol Bott on May 10, 2014
I can still here Cindy's laughter in my head and heart. Our love goes out to her family.
Posted by Janet Matcheck on November 1, 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!
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Shared by JANE BLAIS (ENRIGHT) on November 21, 2011

OH this can't be true. . but it is and we all have to be grateful for the years, months, days or even for the one minute that we might have had the priviledge of knowing this extraordinary woman named CYNITHA.

One lovely Sunday afternoon, my husband and I, with our four children in tow, drove home from church in Short Hills, NJ and right behind us, into our driveway and into our lives, were Dag, Cynitha and their three small children, this was in 1974.  The explanation for this was simply explained by Cynitha, "I told Dag to follow you because I wanted to know who the new people were"  Now anyone who ever got to know this crazy lady, would know this is a true story.  We became fast friends and then they went their way, we went our way, but in all those years, we remained true friends through good times and bad times.  The humor, you see, was what got us through.  Oh, I will miss her.

It was always about the humor. . she hit the bulls eye every time. . I will miss her voice, her laugh, her getting the job done, like driving all the way from Cortland to New Jersey to read at my son's funeral and, then again, to read at  my daughter's wedding.  I will love her forever because she drove my daughter and I tob look at a college in upstate NY and wanted to drive back that night to get her because she didn't particularly like her hostess, because she welcomed me and my new husband into she and Mel's home(s) many times  and we always had a wonderful time. It won't be only me that will miss her, everyone will miss her, how could you not.  Love to all the family, Jane (Enright) Blais



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Shared by Joseph Papini on November 6, 2011

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Cynthia was sophisticated and classy, but very down to earth. She was a wonderful host who welcomed you into her home with a genuine loving nature. Her home always decorated with her great taste and creative flare.  She was always generous and gracious and had a great sense of humor. Her dry sense of humor and quick wit, especially when targeting one of her children always broke everyone up. I can picture her now delivering a little zinger looking over her glasses with a deadpan expression. She was also a great sport when on the receiving end of the humor that I am sure her children had inherited from her.  It only took a moment of talking to her to see how much she loved and cared for her children. She was a wonderful caring person who was always very kind to my family and me. My children love hanging up the Christmas ornaments that she had given them with their names on it. Although it has been some time since my family and I have been in contact with her, we think of her often with fondness and love. We will cherish the memories of her and count ourselves blessed to have known her.

Shared by Ann Messer on November 5, 2011

"Cindy" and the Messers go back to the early days, (mid 1960's) in Syracuse.when Cindy and Dag were newly married. We were the "older couple" with two little girls.I don't think we had ever met anyone quite as vivacious, inquisitive, funny or smart. She was a whirlwind and oh what good times we had! Our most precious memories are the times she, the boys and Jenny spent with us on Cape Cod. Never to be forgotten were her pain-inflicted manicures she insisted on giving us. She became an ardent observer of our neighbors and dubbed them with appropriate nicknames. One memorable afternoon, she went out on our deck in the middle of a horrific rainstorm to smoke--a cigarette in one hand and an umbrella in the other while we all watched her through the sliding glass door lest lightnining should strike. Eventually, we were all transferred from New York, the Nordby's to New Jersey and the Messers to Massachusetts.  Visits still took place, but as our families grew it became more difficult. Cindy, however, was ever faithful writing wonderful letters which always included family photos. More photos enabled us to admire her gorgeous gardens from afar. Chris, Eric and Jenny I miss that unique laughter hers. She was one in a million, talented, lovely, caring, and all-round great gal! How fortunate you are to have had such an exceptional mother.

.My love to you all and my deepest sympathy.