A tribute to Cynthia Elliott

Submitted by Aaron D’Errico

Cynthia Elliott peacefully passed from complications from Parkinson’s on August 2nd.

Cynthia was born on June 12, 1951, in Vancouver, Washington, to Gladys Garner and Bill Grogan. She was the youngest of five.

Cynthia was a gentle soul with a strikingly bright mind and spirit. Her life’s calling was being of service, helping many in the process, starting with teaching life and job skills to people living with disabilities at Custom Industries in Bellevue.

From there, Cynthia later became a sign language interpreter, a devoted wife and mother, then a Licensed Massage Therapist, as well as a caregiver for her mother and also her cherished horses. Along the way, Cynthia made many friends and brightened so many days wherever she went.

Cynthia was also notably artistically and musically talented, happily inspiring the same creativity in her sons. She was a beloved part of several local Marimba and percussion groups, forming Penga and drumming in the Afro-Celtic band Full Circle.

In her later life, while living with atypical Parkinson’s with chemical sensitivity, Cynthia was deeply grateful to family, friends, loved ones and the community who all made it possible for her to stay on the island that she loved so much.

Cynthia is survived by her twin sons, Aaron and Adam D’Errico, and her husband Gordon Elliott.

Cynthia was one of a kind, yet we can all be like her by seeking out and encouraging the best in life, one another and ourselves.

Cynthia’s heart was radiant, her laughter was contagious, her smile was memorable and most importantly her actions were backed up by the one word that best describes her: Love.