Cynthia B. Packard

Mar 13, 2018
Cynthia Packard

Rockland — Cynthia Barbour Packard, 85, died Sunday, March 11, 2018, surrounded by her family at Sussman House in Rockport.

Born in Boothbay Aug. 26, 1932, she was the daughter of Clinton E. and Harriet Ames Barbour. Cynthia moved to Rockland at an early age and was educated in local schools. She was a 1950 graduate of Rockland High School.

Sept. 2, 1950, she married Ronald F. Packard in Rockland. The couple made their first home in a small apartment on Grace Street, and after living in two other Grace Street apartments, bought the home they would reside in all their married lives at 63 Grace St. Cynthia lived in that home after her husband’s death in 2013, until moving to Bartlett Woods last October.

For many years she enjoyed a weekly gathering of lady friends for coffee and fellowship.

Cynthia’s smiling face welcomed many entering W.C. Ladd Insurance Agency in Rockland, where she worked as receptionist for more than 32 years.

She loved keeping flower gardens at her home and traveling with her husband, which included ocean cruises. She also enjoyed going to the beach, her favorite being Crocketts Beach in Owls Head.

Cynthia was a past member of the Winslow-Holbrook-Merritt American Legion Post No.1, Ladies Auxiliary. She loved visiting the Legion and the many friendships she shared there.

Predeceased by her parents and husband, Cynthia is survived by two daughters, Susan P. Benner and her husband, Theodore Jr., of Rockland, Rhonda Packard Benner and her husband, Gary, of Friendship; four grandchildren, Lindsay B. Dean and her companion, Sam Hall, of South Thomaston, Clint E. Dean of Rockland, Lucas R. Benner and his companion, Lindsay Smerdon, of Friendship, Adam Lachance of Rockport; four great-grandchildren, Noah, Avery, Xavier and Oliver; step-grandchildren Michael , Robie and Aaron Benner; three cousins, Dr. William Barbour of Rockland, Dolly McLain of Thomaston, Lucille Reisner of Massachusetts; a lifelong friend she considered as a sister, Claire Coffey, and her husband, Andrew, of Owls Head; a brother-in-law, Richard Ilvonen, of Owls Head; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Friends and relatives are invited to visit from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 21, at Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock St., Rockland, where a celebration of Cynthia’s life will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 22. A reception will follow at the Winslow-Holbrook-Merritt American Legion, Post No. 1, 335 Limerock St., Rockland. Spring interment will be in Achorn Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Sussman House, c/o PenBay Waldo Healthcare Foundation, 22 White S.t, Rockland, ME 04841. To share a memory or story with Cynthia’s fami;ly visit their online Book of Memories at

Comments (2)
Posted by: Pam Gushee | Mar 18, 2018 13:26

So sorry to hear of your passing sweet lady..We will miss you!

Posted by: Francis Mazzeo, Jr. | Mar 13, 2018 19:17

Sorry for your loss Mabel and Ted. You took good care of mom and made her journey easier for her. God bless you and your family.

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