Cynthia H. Donahue, 86, of Nissequogue, NY passed away peacefully on May 1, 2018. Born in Mt. Kisco, NY on August 24, 1931, she was the daughter of Frederic and Gertrude Howells. Cynthia graduated with a degree in nursing (RN) from Adelphi College where she met James L. Donahue, they married in 1953.
Early in her career Cynthia was head nurse specializing in premature infant care in Buffalo NY. Moving back to Long Island she then devoted herself to raising her three children.
She was an avid tennis player, paddle tennis player and golfer, award winning garden photographer and a garden designer. As a charter member of the Nissequogue Fire Department Cynthia volunteered her nursing skills on the ambulance squad. A Member of the North Suffolk Garden Club for 46 years achieving the Medal of Merit and long appointed as a Regional Garden Club of America Judge. She was a founding member of the Herb Society of America Long Island Unit.
Cynthia was a loving wife, mother, Grandma, AKA: Mooma, Meema, and Gigi. She took great pleasure in and was actively involved in her children’s and grandchildren’s lives and took great pride in all of their activities and careers. She will be remembered by all who knew her as one of the sweetest people you could ever hope to meet.
She is predeceased by her parents and brother-in-law.
Surviving are her husband of nearly 65 years, Dr. James L. Donahue; children, Dr. James F. (Kristen) Donahue, Kimberly A. (Kevin) Velasco and Christopher P. (Laura) Donahue; grandchildren, Nicholas (Molly) Velasco, Katie (Christopher) Schuyler, Collin and Harrison Donahue, Mabel and Lila Donahue; great-granddaughter, Gemma Rose Schuyler; sister, Carol Scott; sister-in-law, Dorothy Donahue; two nieces, a nephew and cousins.
Calling hours will be on Friday May 11, 2018 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 at the St. James Funeral Home., 829 Middle County Road, St. James. Private Burial will be in St. James Episcopal Cemetery.
Contributions may be made to the Good Shepherd Hospice and or the Smithtown Historical Society.