Cynthia Diane Drew
June 3,1948 ~April 16, 2017

Cynthia Diane Drew, age 68 of Erie, passed away at UPMC Hamot on Sunday, April 16, 2017.
She was born in Erie, PA on June 3, 1948, a daughter of the late Milton A. and Edna Moultrie Drew.

Cynthia was a graduate of Strong Vincent High School and continued her education at Mercyhurst University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Education. Cynthia taught at the SEEM Center as a preschool teacher for many years and was one of the first teachers at the R. Benjamin Wiley Charter school. Cynthia was also employed as a Therapeutic Support Staff worker at the Barber National Institute for several years prior to her retirement.
During her life, Cynthia was a member of
Henderson United Methodist Church where she served as a Sunday school teacher, led summer work programs for the youth, helped with the food pantry and assisted in other capacities wherever and whenever needed.

Cynthia later became a member of The Cherry Street Church of God. She enjoyed crafting and collecting angels, elephants and dolls. She enjoyed watching old TV shows, especially with her son.

Cynthia loved her family above anything but she always put God first in her life. She was funny, caring and a very loving person with a very witty personality. Cynthia had a special place in her heart for children, which is why she became a teacher and was affectionately known as “Cindy Mama”.

In addition to her parents, Cynthia was preceded in death by four brothers; John M. Drew, DeVere G. Drew, Ronald R. Drew and Gerald Drew along with three sisters; Helen R. Drew, Nancy F. Drew and Sandra K. Williams.
Cynthia leaves to cherish her memory, her son, Dana M. Drew and his dear friend, two grandchildren, Melanea and David Drew of Erie, PA, five siblings; Marianne Chenault of Beaufort, SC, Asa P. Drew (Diane) of El Cerrito, CA, Jeanne E. Effinger of Beaufort, SC, Barry T. Drew (Marcia) of Mechanicsburg, PA and Valerie D. Brewer of Erie, PA, two sisters-in-law; Barbara L. Drew and Catherine E. Drew and brother-in-law Carl R. Williams all of Erie, PA. She is further survived by many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, great-great nieces and nephews, and a host of friends.

Friends gathered at Burton Funeral Home and Crematory Inc., 602 West 10th Street, Erie, PA 16502 on Friday April 21st from 2:00 pm till 4:00 pm and 6:00 pm till 8:00 pm and attended services at Trinity United Methodist Church, 3952 Pine Ave. Erie, PA 16504 on Saturday April 22nd at 11:00 am with Pastor Johnny Johnson presiding. She is laid to rest at Lakeside Cemetery.



At Trinity UMC


We wish to express our sincere and heartfelt appreciation to all of our family and friends for the many acts of kindness shown us during our subsequent bereavement.  Your love expressed in so many ways, has helped make this journey easier.

Special appreciation to the kind-hearted staff members of DaVita Dialysis, who provided such loving care to Cynthia with all of her treatments.
We are especially thankful to the pastor, pianist and members of Henderson UMC, and Cora Harper and her son Jevon for their hard work in preparing the luncheon.  Special thanks to Trinity UMC for opening their doors and sharing their facility.  Thank you to Pastor Johnny Johnson, Richard Harden and Christopher Williams for their expression of love through their spoken words and song.
Our prayer is for each of you to continue to share God's blessings and that He will grant you perfect peace.
The family of Cynthia D. "Cindy Mama" Drew



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Photos from happy times.

God saw her getting tired, and a cure was not to be
So He put His arms around her and whispered "Come to Me"
With tearful eyes we watched her suffer, and saw her slowly fade away.
Although we loved her dearly, we could not make her stay.
A golden heart stopped beating, hard working hands put to rest,
God broke our hearts to prove to us He only takes the best.



Cynthia's graduation picture, 1967 at Strong Vincent High School, Erie Pa

I am saddened by the loss of Cynthia, she worked with me for a brief time at the lead poisoning center.
Her smile, laughter, kindness and generosity will remain a life lesson to me.
My sympathies to all her loved ones.
Kit Jaskiewicz

April 20, 2017
Goodbye dear friend, Cynthia. We shared prayers, and jokes, as we served the Lord, worried about all the kids, and did life together. I could never decide what was better: your fried chicken or your famous chicken salad. Thank you for modeling how to be creative on a shoestring budget and giving me more confidence to make my surroundings beautiful by using what was on hand. Good friends are hard to let go of, so this is a sad time for me, but now you are with your Best Friend, Jesus. And if any active children need a firm and loving hand up there, He will just call on you. And if He needs a good party planned, you will do that too. Well done, good and faithful servant. Party with Jesus now and celebrate a life well lived for our Lord.
Jane Hackenberg Shenzhen, China

April 20, 2017
Cynthia was a wonderful person who just made you laugh and smile.
I was looking forward to seeing her and Valerie at our 50 year class reunion in June.
Debbie Eckerson Agans Clermont, FL

April 20, 2017
So sorry for the loss of this amazing woman. Rest in peace, your with the angels now. Sorry for loss Dana.

April 20, 2017
May the Lord comfort the many family members and even more spiritual brothers and sisters who have worshipped and served with Ms. Cynthia over the years. I really learned a lot from her that I still use in my teaching and parenting. Pleasant and calm words. Even kids who seem active and wild might settle down for a quiet activity such as a craft if given the opportunity and adequate guidance.
The Bible says in 1 Peter 3:4, "A gentle and quiet spirit is of great worth in God's sight."
Darya Chen, Shenzhen

So sorry for your loss. Prayers for the entire family.
Jody Mack, Corry, PA

To the Drew family: I'm so very sorrow for your loss; may God be with you during this time.
Irma (Cooley) Swain and Family. Louisville, KY

April 20, 2017
You have done all you could down here and now you are home but not alone for God is wating for your return. Your mother, father, sisters and brothers are waiting for you as well. We will miss you but to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. Dear aunt you are in a better place than we ...but we shall see you again one day. We love you.
Glorianne Drew, Lithonia, GA

So sweet and caring. You will be missed. May God bless your family with peace and good memories.
Love and prayers,
Angela Johnson, Erie, PA

So sad to hear about Cynthia. I have many fond memories of her and the family on Front street.
My deepest condolences to her family and loved ones. I will light a candle for Cynthia and cherish the memories.
She will be missed.
Aubrey Dillon, Edinboro, PA

April 20, 2017
At church on Easter Sunday we learned of Ms. Cynthia's passing. We prayed for her family that will miss her so, and our church members that have fond memories of her. She was a good friend, she helped me many times when I first came to Henderson.  We will miss you Ms. Cynthia.  There will always be a place for you here at Life Ever After.  Say hi to my mom for me.