Obituary: Cynthia Sproul – CentralMaine.com

Cynthia Sproul

AUGUSTA – Cynthia Sproul, 71, died on Saturday, May 22, 2021 with her children by her side in Maine’s general rehabilitation/long-term care facility after a courageous battle with cancer that lasted more than 30 years. She was an inspiration to many who knew her struggles over the years. Cynthia was born on April 23, 1950 in Hyannis, Massachusetts. She is the daughter of the late Stanley and Faye (Winter) Sproul. She attended Augusta schools and graduated from Cony High School in 1968. While in Cony, she was a member of the National Honor Society, was selected for Girls State in 1967 and played hockey, gymnastics and tennis. One of her greatest passions was dancing and she was selected to join Chizzle Whizzle’s dance choir for four years. She discussed being a dance teacher assistant as early as sixth grade. She also dreamed of owning a dance studio, which she achieved when she later lived in Florida. Cynthia was also a member of the band and played the flute. As a child, Cynthia loved to play teacher and she followed this dream. She continued her academic career at the University of Maine at Orono, where she received her bachelor’s degree in education. She later received her master’s degree from the University of Miami. For most of her professional career she was an educator and teacher at various schools/agencies in Maine, Massachusetts, Florida and Texas. Cynthia loved going to her grandchildren’s events and never missed a competition, dance recital, gymnastics meeting, theater performance, or anything that involved her grandchildren. She cherished the time she spent with her loving family and enjoyed nothing more than having her whole family together. She also loved theatre, reading and dancing, walking on the beach and cooking. She liked sports and had a love for football. Cynthia had numerous friends, many of which were relationships that had grown out of her childhood, and which she enjoyed. Cynthia is survived by her two devoted children, Laura Lewis and her husband, Christopher van Augusta and Ryan Gallant and his wife, Jessica van Augusta; three brothers, retired Lutheran Pastor Rev. Edward Sproul and his wife, Elizabeth Sproul, of Spencer, Massachusetts, Roger Sproul and Donald Sproul, both of Augusta; and her sister, Linda Small of Farmingdale. She is also survived by her beloved grandchildren Madeline Lewis, Meredith Lewis, Gabriel Lewis, Alexa Gallant, Casey Gallant and Jenna Gallant, all from Augusta; as well as many cousins. The family is grateful for the care she has received from the Harold Alfond Center for Cancer Care, Glenridge Long-Term Comfort Care and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston during her battle with cancer over the years. One of the messages she left to her grandchildren about the most important thing she learned in her life was, “Don’t give up!” and Cynthia certainly never. Cynthia’s visiting hours are at the Knowlton-Hewins Funeral Home, One Church St., Augusta on Sunday, June 6 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM. Due to COVID restrictions, a private memorial service will be celebrated at Emmanuel Lutheran Episcopal Church at 209 Eastern Ave., Augusta, on June 7. Burial will take place immediately after the service at Forest Grove Cemetery, Augusta. Condolences can be shared with the family on the obituary page of the Knowlton-Hewins funeral home website at http://www.familyfirstfuneralhomes.com. In honor of Cynthia’s lifelong love of dance, a scholarship fund has been established in her name at Dance Unlimited, LLC in Augusta. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Cynthia Sproul Memorial Scholarship Fund may be made to Dance Unlimited145 Cony Rd.Augusta, ME 04330

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