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With a heart full of love and a spirit brimming with grace, we honor the remarkable life of Cynthia Marie Green, affectionately known to many as "Ree." Cynthia was born into this world on September 14, 1956, in Dothan, Alabama, and she closed her eyes to rest in the same nurturing town on December 18, 2023. Her life was a testament to the enduring power of love, kindness, and selflessness.
Cynthia was the cherished daughter of the late James E. Springfield and Callie L. Springfield, taking her first breaths in the warm embrace of southern hospitality. She emerged as a beacon of strength and compassion within her family, setting a sterling example as the eldest of nine siblings. Although she was preceded in death by her father James and her beloved husband Michael Lee Green, her legacy is one of unyielding connection and familial bonds.
Her mother, Callie Lou Springfield, and her daughters: Felicia (Douglas) Clark, Tiffany Springfield, Michelle (Marvin) Collins, and Patricia Green - remain as the bearers of her luminous spirit. Cynthia's love continues to resonate through her siblings: Doris (Jerry) Reid, Larry (Belle) Springfield, Ophelia (Arnold) Parham, Michael Springfield, Jeffrey (Sherry) Springfield, Gussie Springfield, Danny (Sara) Springfield, and Christal (Sam) Springfield-Walker, as well as her adoring eighteen grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Her memory is further cherished by a myriad of nieces, nephews, great nieces, and a circle of close friends and adoptive family who were touched by her boundless generosity and warmth.
Cynthia's educational journey began at Dothan High School, where she laid the foundations of her lifelong dedication to her community. Embracing the sanctity of marriage, she entered into Holy Matrimony and embarked on the beautiful adventure of raising a family. Each chapter of her life was marked by an unwavering commitment to nurture and guide, always placing the needs of others before her own.
The words that best encapsulate Cynthia are loving, selfless, and kind. She was a rare soul who found joy in the happiness of others, often going the extra mile to ensure that no one felt alone or unloved. Her presence was a soothing balm to those in distress, and her laughter a melody that lifted the heaviest of hearts.
Cynthia's life was a living embodiment of the inspiring words by Maya Angelou, "Try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud." Indeed, Cynthia was that vibrant rainbow, touching lives with her array of colors, each hue a different aspect of her immense capacity for love and her ability to inspire hope in the face of life's storms.
As a motivational force, Cynthia's story encourages us all to live with intention, to extend kindness without hesitation, and to love without reservation. Her journey reminds us that the richness of our days is measured not in the wealth we accumulate, but in the lives we touch and the love we spread.
Today, as we reflect on Cynthia's life, let us carry forward her radiant legacy. Let us hold tight to the cherished memories, the lessons imparted, and the unconditional love she shared. Cynthia Marie Green, "Ree," was a beloved mother, daughter, sister, grandmother, aunt, and friend. Her life was a beautiful tapestry woven with threads of devotion, resilience, and an ever-present smile that will forever illuminate the paths of those she loved.
In her memory, let us all strive to be the light in each other's lives, just as she was in ours. Cynthia's story does not end here; it continues in each act of kindness we perform and every moment of love we share. Let her legacy be our guide, and may we honor her by living our lives as she did—with open hearts and open hands, always reaching out to lift others up.