Col. (ret) Cynthia J. "Cyndy" (Smith) Stewart

Posted: Mon 8:30 AM, Mar 04, 2013
February 22, 1945 – February 17, 2013

Cynthia J. "Cyndy" (Smith) Stewart, of Alexandria, Virginia passed away on February 17, 2013, at the age of 67. After an eight-year battle with cancer Cyndy decided it was time for God to take over. Those who knew Cyndy know it was her decision, as she never "gave up" on anything.

Following a private family service, interment will take place at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C. with full military honors.

Cyndy was born February 22, 1945 in Marlin, Texas to Marsh Wayne and Minnie Frances (O'Rear) Smith. She attended A&M Consolidated High School in College Station and Texas A&M University, graduating with a bachelor's and then a master's degree in Educational Curriculum and Instruction. Cyndy, a decorated Colonel in the U.S. Air Force, was proud to be the first female Texas A&M graduate to be commissioned to the USAF.

Cyndy served in the USAF from March 10, 1968 until her retirement in 2000. Notably, her longest career stint was a 14-year continuous deployment in Europe where she lived in Greece, Germany and England. She had fabulous adventures, absorbed it all and she left a legacy of her Texas humor everywhere.

Cyndy was preceded in death by her parents, Marsh Wayne and Minnie Frances "Miss" Smith; her younger sister and husband, Karen and Danny Hayes; stepfather, Milton Wayne Todd; and father-in-law, Marvin Stewart.

Cyndy is survived by her loving husband of 44 years, Kirkland W. "Kirk" Stewart '67; a son, Lee Stewart and wife, Jennifer, and her beloved grandson, Aidan, of Washington, D.C; brother, Alan Smith and wife Beverly, and their daughters Lauren and Kristen of College Station, Texas. Also surviving is her beloved mother-in-law, Alberta Stewart of Axtell, Texas; and her best friend and sister of choice, LaVarne Peterson of Dumfries, Virginia.

For those desiring, in lieu of customary remembrances direct memorial donations ATTN: Alison Combs, Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the HJF GYN Disease Center acct. #302279, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, 6720-A Rockledge Dr., Ste 100, Bethesda, MD 20817.
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