Obituary of Cynthia A. Macpherson
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Cindy Macpherson (nee Sturner), was born January 7, 1956, at Camp Pendleton in Oceanside, CA, to James and Florence Sturner. Her father was a career Navy man and they moved numerous times when Cindy was growing up, finally settling in Ferndale, MI. She graduated from Hazel Park High School and received a full scholarship to Oakland University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in linguistics. While growing up in Ferndale, along with her sister Cheryl and brother Jim, she attended Sunday School at the Ferndale Gospel Hall. Scripture memorization was a big part of the Sunday School program at the Gospel Hall. One night before bed her sister was helping her to memorize a verse in Romans chapter 6, verse 23. However she only had time to memorize the first part of that verse. "For the wages of sin and death". She went to sleep with that idea weighing heavily upon her. She awoke the next morning and memorized the next part of that verse "…but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." She took God at his word and received his gift of eternal life. That experience started her on a lifelong journey of getting to know her God in a very real, practical, and personal way. She knew him as her friend who would never leave her or forsake her. In 1979 she made a missions trip to India. She had made contact with a woman missionary who encouraged her to come for a visit. She went alone, having only the woman's address written on a slip of paper, not speaking the language. Somehow she was able to get a taxi to take her to the address. She stayed for 30 days before returning to the states. Upon returning, she was asked by her best friend to consider going to the Gospel Hall Home for Aged Christians in Longport, NJ. They were in need of nurse's aids at that facility. Cindy responded and worked there for several years. During that time she became acquainted with her future husband, marrying Rob Macpherson in May 1981. They had four children: Andy (Connie); Jeff (Ashley); Debbie (David Amos); and Dan (Lillian). At this time they have 8 grandchildren. At 4'9", she was not physically imposing, but carried herself in such a manner as to strike fear in the heart of anybody who crossed her, or thought they could take advantage of her. She was not one to be trifled with. She had an intense love for her Lord, strongly held beliefs in scripture, and at times would respectfully engage in discussions with those who held different opinions. She didn't mind if somebody disagreed with her, however she did expect a logical defense of ones opinions. She and Rob decided very early on to homeschool the four children. She taught them through high school, teaching them to be independent thinkers. Raising 4 kids, teaching them how to play organized baseball and softball, being the score keeper at their games, showing them how to properly behave and interact with others, made her well known in the community. Cindy enjoyed watching her children mature, develop into productive adults, marry, and have children of their own. Her grandchildren were a special joy to her as well and she enjoyed spending many hours with them. She enjoyed traveling, going to Europe with her daughter Debbie several times. In 2015, after a year of training, her and Rob embarked on their first bicycle tour. They pedaled their tandem bicycle from their home in Egg Harbor Township to Yorktown, VA, where they started across the country on the TransAmerica route. They made it as far as Christiansburg, VA, before deciding 1,000 miles in a month was quite far enough on a bicycle and decided to return home. She also loved to travel in their little travel trailer. Over the years they made a few trips to FL, The Great Smokey Mountains, and their favorite, Lancaster County. Cindy had many other interests. Her daily routine included walking a mile or two. She did this 4 or 5 times a week, praying while she walked. She crocheted for many hours a day in order to keep her arthritis at bay. Cooking and baking also gave her great joy. She experienced some health issues in the fall of 2021. Those issues remained through the winter and into the spring. A trip to the emergency room in early April resulted in her being admitted to the hospital. The Lord saw fit to take Cindy to be with himself early in the morning of April 5. "Absent from the body, present with the Lord."