Cynthia (Sheaffer) Olmsted Bean

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Staples Funeral Service
53 Brunswick Avenue
Gardiner, ME

1930 - 2018
Cynthia (Sheaffer) Olmsted Bean died peacefully on October 2nd, 2018 at the age of 88.
She was born in Portland, Maine on March 1, 1930 to Lewis John (Jake) and Katharine Hazzard Sheaffer of Farmingdale, Maine. She attended local schools, Walnut Hill School in Natick, Massachusetts, and graduated from Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania, with a major in French.
In 1951 Cynthia married Michael Peter Olmsted and they raised their two children, Kathy and Alex, in Wilbraham, Massachusetts where Michael was employed as a chemistry teacher. Michael retired in 1974 due to kidney failure, and they moved to Tucson, Arizona while spending summers on Lake Cobbossee in Winthrop, Maine. After his death in 1979, she continued the seasonal cross-country commutes. In 1992 she married Ralph Leonard Bean and they enjoyed Maine, Arizona, and may trips together until his sudden passing in 2000. For years she has lived at Granite Hill Estates and led a very active lifestyle.
Cynthia has been active in Girl Scouts, DAR, church and has been a faithful choir member of Christ Church in Gardiner for years. She enjoyed knitting, needlepoint, bridge, walking, yoga, and exercise classes.
She was predeceased by her parents; her sister Diane Sheaffer Anderson; and both husbands.
Cynthia is survived by both children, Katharine Olmsted Damren, of Winthrop and Alexander Holley Olmsted, of Manchester, her niece Susan Anderson Edney, along with her husband Paul and their two children Katherine and Caroline of Amesbury Mass., several cousins, nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held on Monday, October 22nd at 11:00 am at Christ Church, 2 Dresden Avenue, Gardiner, a reception will follow the memorial service at Christ Church. A private burial at Oak Grove Cemetery will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the stained glass restoration fund at Christ Church, 2 Dresden Ave., Gardiner, Maine 04345.
Arrangements are in the care of Staples Funeral Home and Cremation Care, 53 Brunswick Avenue, Gardiner, Maine.
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Published in Central Maine on Oct. 7, 2018
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