Cynthia Yankura Phillippie

Born in Wurzburg, Germany on April 10, 1959

Departed on May 23, 2015 and resided in Nashville, TN

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Cynthia Yankura Phillippie, age 56, of Nashville, passed peacefully at her home on Saturday May 23.

Cindy was born in Leighton Baracks Army Hospital, Wuzburg Germany to Vincent and Wally Szamier. Cindy and her three siblings were Army Brats. They remained in Germany for a couple of years before relocating to Nashville Tennesse. The family followed their father as he was transferred from Army base to Army base. Cindy and her family moved from Nashville to Fayetville North Carolina and then on to Anchorage Alaska in 1962. This is where the family believes Cindy developed her loved for ice chips.

The Vietnam War began and the family decided to move back to Nashville while her father was deployed. Cindy was growing up on Lyle Avenue and attending elementary school at Cathedral of Incarnation when her father passed away suddenly. At that time Cindy’s mother Wally decided it would be best for her and the children to relocate one more time. They landed in Huntsville Alabama, where Cindy spent the rest of her childhood and early adulthood. Before graduating from J.O. Johnson high school in 1977, She gave birth to her first her child Jennifer. Cindy knew she had to work hard to make a life for her and her daughter. While raising Jennifer, she attended Drake Technical School and in 1979 graduated with a degree in Applied Technology. She was so proud of herself she bought her first car, a 1971 two door Ford Maverick. She quickly got a job with the City of Huntsville Department of Public Works. While there she held a couple of positions before getting the break she has been working so hard for. a new job at GMAC. A couple of years later Cindy was presented with an opportunity that changed her life forever. A relocation opportunity back to the city where she attended first through third grade, good ole Nashville Tennessee.

In 1987 Cindy gave birth to her second child Andrew and two years later Robert was born. Cindy loved her children dearly. She supported her children in everything they did. Cindy cheered them on in school, sports, and just for being who they were. She was there wether it was to give a shoulder to cry on, an ear to listen, or a friend to laugh with.

in 2000 Cindy was faced with a decision. To follow her career and relocate the family or take a chance and stay in Nashville. She decided to stay and quickly got a new position with Regions Bank. Cindy loved her new career and coworkers. She continued to work with Regions up until this year.
Cindy’s life was again blessed when she became a grandmother. Cindy’s love for these kids couldn’t be contained. Just as she was there for her children, she was there for her grandchildren. It didn’t matter they were in New Jersey, she was there to hug, kiss, and laugh with them. We all became to know Cindy as Granna. Cindy was again blessed when she fell in love again and got remarried to Howard Phillippie in 2014.

Cindy was a very outgoing, funny, loving, bubbly, and giving person. Cindy never met a stranger. She had this personality that allowed her to become instant friends with anyone she met. Her smile was contagious. She would put you in a better mood by her presence and make you smile with her heart. Cindy not only shared her heart with family and friends, she also volunteered often. She saw value in everyone and actively participated in making the world a better place. She helped others with taxes, worked in shelters, and cleaned community parks. Being with family and friends was the most important. Cindy would travel from Alabama to New Jersey to spend time with those most dear to her.

When she was not traveling to visit family she was traveling to see the country. She enjoyed camping, visiting new places, and the beach. She also enjoyed the wind in her hair as she rode on the back of Howard’s Harley Davidson. Cindy’s favorite places include Savannah Georgia (where she was remarried in 2014) and Long Beach Island New Jersey (the annual beach vacation with her daughter and grandchildren).
Cindy’s love, courage, and grace is a blessing that touched all who knew her. You never gave up Cindy. Times got tough but you never showed it. You never let anything or anyone change who you are, showing everyone you are their favorite star. You moved through the unknown strength and grace no matter the length. Your legacy will live in everyone you touched. We love you to the moon and back, and forever and a day.

26 Comments to Mrs. Cynthia Yankura Phillippie

  1. Wayne Hatton
    May 25, 2015 1:30 pm

    Miss you Cindy God has you in his arms, until we meet again God Bless you and your family

  2. Lester and Beth Marley
    May 25, 2015 9:20 pm

    So sorry for your loss you are in our prayers.

  3. Holly Murray
    May 26, 2015 12:03 pm

    I miss my best friend, my sisiter. I love you Cindy!!
    Rest in peace

  4. Betty Kelley
    May 26, 2015 12:20 pm

    I will miss your smile, your funny laugh and all the times we had spent together are now memories I will cherish.
    I send my prayers and sincere sympathy to Cindy’s family. I will never forget our time together and I pray you rest in peace my friend.

  5. Katherine szamier-Bennett
    May 26, 2015 12:28 pm

    i will truly miss my sister, her courage, sprite, kind sole. you will forever be in my heart RIP

  6. Wally Gray
    May 26, 2015 12:48 pm

    I cried when you passed away. I still cry today. Although I loved you dearly, I couldn’t make you stay. A golden heart stopped beating, Hard working hands at rest. God broke my heart to prove to me he only takes the best. I love you always see you soon Mama.

  7. Sherry Patterson
    May 26, 2015 12:52 pm

    Sweet Cindy I hadn’t seen you for years. We did spend aot of years together, you will dearly be missed, just knowing you are not there. I loved you and always will. Rest in Peace sweetheart.

  8. Shanna Hammonds
    May 26, 2015 1:10 pm

    Cindy I feel blessed to have known you. You have left an amazing legacy through your children and grandchildren. God had his hand on your life and I am so glad we will meet again in heaven.

  9. Don Szamier Jr
    May 26, 2015 2:08 pm

    Way too soon. Thoughts and prayers go out to her family

  10. LaDonna Crenshaw
    May 26, 2015 3:09 pm

    I’m so glad that I was blessed to have seen you not long ago and hug you and tell you I love you, your smile is what I will remember the most. You will be missed so much. I know you are in Heaven smiling down on all of your family and friends.

  11. Chris Pyburn
    May 26, 2015 3:21 pm

    Although our hearts are hurting because we miss you, I’m so thankful to have been blessed with your friendship. So thankful as well that you gave your heart to God & you are now with Him. Well done Cindy! Your life’s story is an amazing testimony! Love & miss you!

  12. Lynne Howell
    May 26, 2015 4:42 pm

    Heaven got a special Angel on 5/23/2015! I loved Cindy, & I will miss her terribly! I am so thankful I had the privilege of being Cindy’s friend! Her legacy lives on in your wonderful children and her precious grandchildren! Save a place for me Cindy! You are FREE to spread your wings and fly!

  13. Kerrie Windham
    May 26, 2015 7:02 pm

    God has a very special angel. Fly Cindy Fly!!!

  14. Lyn and Paul Tilley
    May 27, 2015 11:00 am

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the family in this time of sorrow.

  15. Beth Yankura
    May 27, 2015 11:28 am

    I will miss you so much Aunt Cindy even though you where my Aunt when you married my Uncle Jack but got devoured. We will all love you and miss you Aunt Cindy!!

    God Bless you and please have all our family in your heart also.

  16. Karen Heath
    May 27, 2015 4:09 pm

    My shinning light has left my side, but memories & laughter will hold me tight till one day we’ll
    reunite, love you always & miss you deeply.

    My love Wally an family.

  17. Belinda Moore
    May 27, 2015 9:21 pm

    Cindy I will miss you dearly but I know you are in a much better place. Can’t wait to see you again one day. Prayers for your family and friends. We have lost a beautiful person but God has gained a beautiful angel. Love you always. Belinda Moore

  18. Beth (Wilson) Carter
    May 28, 2015 2:38 am

    God’s peace for each one of you. Cindy was a precious and loving cousin. Her beautiful smile, contagious laughter, hugs and kisses will be missed so very much. She left behind a legacy of caring and compassion ..My heart goes out to her family and friends..Until we meet again, sweet angel…Beth

  19. Renilta Denney
    May 28, 2015 10:10 am

    I love you Aunt Cindy and will miss you dearly.

  20. Aileen Tackett
    May 28, 2015 12:03 pm

    To Jennifer, Andrew and Robert: I am so sorry for your loss. I was told of your mothers beauty, charm, and bravery from Howard and know that the loss is felt deeply by all of you.

    To Howard: I know how much you loved Cindy and am so very, very sorry.

    My condolences to all of Cindy’s family. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you in this time of sorrow.

  21. Tammy Crabtree
    May 28, 2015 3:24 pm

    I met Cindy a few times when her & Howard came out & she was a very lovely person. My heart goes out to the family & Howard. So sorry for your loss & may God heal your hearts. Prayers

  22. Mari McKecknie
    May 28, 2015 10:47 pm

    I met Cindy while she was working part-time at cracker barrel. She was the bright spot on saturday and sundays, always smiling and hugs for everyone. I have never met anyone as sweet as Cindy. I lost touch with her when she left, but am glad that she was able to find happiness and love in her life. As much as I will miss her, I am glad that she no longer suffers. R.I.P Cindy. ((Hugs)) and Prayers to her family

  23. Jamie Johnson
    May 29, 2015 7:23 am

    Cyndy will be greatly missed. She was such a sweet person, always smiling. My prayers are with you all.

  24. Pat (Szamier) & Richard Belanger
    May 29, 2015 9:47 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to the whole family. We got to meet some of you briefly and hoped to establish a relationship, but that didn’t happen. We truly enjoyed our two visits with Cindy and would love to hear from any of you. There are so few Szamier relatives. May God bless you all and give you comfort.

  25. Nichole M Smirh
    May 29, 2015 11:37 pm

    Cindy you will truly be missed by myself and I know my mother for sure you were one of my mothers true friends and if I had to say it I bet her best friend. I can’t believe your gone but you will never be forgotten. You always knew what to say in the hard times I went threw and you always had a shoulder for my mom to cry on. I hope you will keep an eye on us from heaven and may we see you again some day I love and miss you very much bye for now see you in the future. Muah

  26. Greg Duncan
    February 21, 2017 11:24 am

    I just heard of Cindy’s passing yesterday from my sister while we were in Nashville, and couldn’t believe it. To Wally, Holly, Kathy and Jennifer, I am sorry for your loss. I am so thankful Cindy had a relationship with Jesus and is assured of eternal life.

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