Cynthia Youngman Adams “Cindy”

October 30, 1929 - July 30, 2022

Cynthia Youngman Adams “Cindy” passed away peacefully at the age of 92 on July 30, 2022 in Fort Myers, FL. Cindy was the wife of David Paul Adams (“Dave”, deceased January 8, 2022) for 70 years and faithfully at his side until his recent passing. She was the devoted mother of three children (Susan, Michael, Peter) who remained close to her throughout her life.

Cindy was the third child of Arthur and Louise Youngman of Montclair, NJ. She attended the Kimberly School and went on to earn a BA degree in Teaching (1951) at Smith College. She was an accomplished athlete winning Varsity letters in Field Hockey, Basketball and Tennis at both Kimberly and Smith. Following graduation from Smith, she began her teaching career at the Sidwell Friends School in Washington, DC. In 1953, Dave and Cindy moved to Tehran, Iran where Dave took part in the CIA mission, Operation Ajax, and Cindy taught at the American School. Their first child, Susan, was born “on the kitchen table” in Tehran in 1954 amid this heady action.

The family returned to the US in 1955 where Michael (1956) and Peter (1959) were born. Essex Fells, NJ, became the family home where Cindy was active in the community and as a racket sports competitor. She went to the National Paddle Tennis Championships on two occasions  and was noted for her good sportsmanship on the national circuit as well as at her local Fells Brook Club. She was also an excellent golfer and avid bridge competitor, earning the Bridge Life Masters designation. Cindy had an enthusiastic love of learning through reading and travel, managing to experience first-hand much of the Middle East and Europe during their years in Iran, as well taking trips to the Amazon, Galapagos and several South American and Asian countries.

Cindy also proved to be a successful entrepreneur during her years in Essex Fells, founding the plant servicing business “Office Greenery” which prospered for 12 years. She and Dave retired to their beloved Sanibel, Florida in 1992. Cindy had a wonderful heart of kindness and service which she put to use in volunteering with Florida Guardian Ad Litem (helping abused and neglected children), at the Ding Darling Nature Preserve and the Episcopal Church in Sanibel.

Cindy loved her family and was a fabulous grandmother, taking each of her 9 grandchildren on a special trip to Disney and other fun places on their 10th birthday. She also loved a good joke, which her husband Dave was particularly good at telling, and would faithfully send funny birthday cards and gifts to children, friends and grandchildren alike. Her zest for life was contagious to all.

Cindy is survived by her three loving children, nine grandchildren and sixteen great grandchildren.

Memorial Services will be held at 11:00 AM on September 24th, 2022 at  First Presbyterian Church, 16 Virginia Ave, Manasquan, NJ 08736.

She will be greatly missed by friends and family alike for her gracious heart and unfailing love.

Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cape Coral, is entrusted with final care.


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