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Cynthia Franchere Hewson, 49, died Oct. 31, 2005. Cindy was born Nov. 5, 1956 in Indianapolis, Ind. and grew up in Burnsville, Minn. She received a B.S. degree in recreation from Utah State University in Logan, Utah. As a Utah State Park Ranger and a park ranger’s wife, she worked and lived at Bear Lake, Deadhorse Point, Willard Bay and, for 17 years, at Rockport State Park. She was certified as a recreational therapist by the state of Utah and worked as such in Roy for six years. Cindy was a life-long Girl Scout. She lived and taught Girl Scout values as a member and a leader. Cindy was also a member of Shepherd of the Mountains Lutheran Church where she was a friend to many as she worshiped and practiced her strong faith. Cindy worked as a bus driver for Park City Transit for 17 years and was loved and respected by her fellow drivers and regular passengers as well as tourists. She will especially be missed by the members of the Chrysalis program with whom she had a special bond as they rode the buses around Park City. One of Cindy’s great passions in life was the beautiful wild lands of Utah and the Mountain West. She grew up canoeing on the lakes and rivers of Minnesota. She loved the backcountry of Utah where she hiked and biked many miles and loved to ski the Utah powder. At Rockport, Cindy walked and ran hundreds of miles with her yellow lab, Sadie. When the loons passed through in the spring and fall they would look for her. She called to them in their language and they called back. Cindy’s dream vacation was realized in June when she traveled to Alaska to see the wildlife of Denali National Park and hike the incredible mountains. The dream included having her family together again for a camping trip as they had done so many times through the years. Yellowstone National Park was a special place for Cindy. Her favorite activity was watching the wolves. In September, her last trip to Yellowstone, the wolves of Lamar Valley howled their goodbye. Her other passion in life was being a mom. Cindy was a wonderful wife and mother, raising her girls Julie and Heidi, and supporting her husband Steve through their life together. She was very active in the North Summit school system. Her daughters’ education was her number one priority. Cindy followed the North Summit Braves all over Utah supporting Julie and Heidi as they played volleyball, basketball and softball and ran track. She celebrated their wins and consoled them when they lost. Cindy fought a brave fight against Leukemia. Her dedication to exercise and diet gave her body strength as she underwent her treatments. She maintained a positive attitude and was a favorite of the nursing staff as she walked around the floor and sneaked outside whenever possible. Nurses and doctors said that her room the most decorated ever, with many cards, flowers, family pictures and Halloween decorations. Cindy passed on to be with God, surrounded by her loving family. She is survived by her husband Steven Hewson and her daughters Heidi and Julie; her parents Ervin Milton Slind and Helena Franchere Slind; sisters: Jennifer Franchere Gergen and Suzanne Franchere Spencer and their families. She is preceded in death by her grandparents Ole and Bertha Slind and Dr. Fred and Amanda Franchere. She will be greatly missed by her husband’s parents, Robert and Rhea Hewson, and siblings Linda Adams and Roger Hewson and their families. Services were held Friday, Nov. 4, at Shepherd of the Mountains Lutheran Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to an education fund for Julie and Heidi at Shepherd of the Mountains, 4051 N. S.R. 224, Park City, Utah 84098.

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