Cynthia Goffeney

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Cynthia Goffeney
1936 - Dec. 15, 2010

Cynthia Yvonne Goffeney passed away unexpectedly at age 74, on Dec. 15, 2010. Cindy was born in 1936, in San Diego, Calif., to James and Mary Goffeney. As a young child she lived in Indiana and Colorado and moved to College place, where she attended school through the 4th grade, then moved to Portland, in 1946. She graduated from Grant High School in 1954 and attended Whitman College until 1957, majoring in drama.

After college, she returned to Portland and met Gerald Hedlund. They were married in June of 1958, in Portland, and moved to Stanton, Calif., in 1963, then to Walla Walla, in 1967. He worked as a sales executive for Sandoz pharmaceuticals and Cindy worked for Whitman College, as a secretary.

They had their first child, Lisa Ann, in September of 1962, and another daughter, Barbara Jean in August of 1968. They raised their family in Walla Walla, with Jerry moving on to work for Proctor and Gamble and Cindy taking her first job as a legal secretary, at which she excelled. Jerry died of a heart attack August 18, 1974, and Cindy became a single parent. She and a friend opened a children's specialty apparel store "Carol Cindy's" in 1976 and ran it until 1980, when she moved to Portland to take a job as a Legal Assistant for First Interstate Bank.

Shortly after her move to Portland, Cindy met the love of her life, Robert (Bob) Tomlinson, who became her constant companion and life partner. They were both avid duplicate bridge players and played in many club games and tournaments with friends and family over the years. Cindy retired from First Interstate in 1994, and was able to take some time to travel, something that she had always wanted to do. Bob predeceased her in August of 2004.

Cindy died suddenly, loving life and having fun, on a cruise in Belize with family. She is survived by her daughters, Barbara Hedlund (Luis Ubiles) and Lisa Huston (Craig); sister Barbara Goffeney; brother, Richard Goffeney; her grandsons, Jeremy Hedlund and Aaron Huston; great-grandchildren, Andrew, Grant and Elsie Huston; and a host of devoted nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and adopted family members who will miss her terribly.

A celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. in the afternoon on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011, at 808 Main Street, in Vancouver.

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