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Date of Birth: January 02, 1953

Date of Death: January 24, 2023

Cynthia Lea Palmer, 70, of Sun City, AZ formerly of Shenandoah, IA passed away on January 24, 2023, at Banner Boswell Hospital. Cynthia was born in Clarinda, IA to parents Vivian Cutburth Maas and Edward Maas. Her early years were spent on the farm where she had pleasant memories of swinging on a swing that her dad bought at a country school auction and hauled home on a hay rack. Cynthia also enjoyed exploring the farm and picking strawberries, gooseberries, and swimming at Viking Lake. Cynthia graduated from Shenandoah High School in 1971 and attended Iowa Western Community College and graduated with her LPN degree. She worked for several years at Shenandoah Memorial Hospital. Cynthia was very spiritual, artistic, and creative, which was evident in everything she did. Cynthia loved landscaping and gardening that led to the creation of her backyard sanctuary, which was admired by all who visited, including the hummingbirds. On Sept 30, 2010, Cynthia achieved a lifelong goal and graduated from the University of Phoenix with her RN,BSN degree. This was truly a highlight of her life. The graduation ceremony was held at the State Farm Stadium in Glendale, AZ, with her whole family cheering her on. Cynthia is survived by her sister Linda Maas of Red Oak, IA, her daughter Tiffany Palmer of Red Oak, IA and grandchildren Remington Tranbarger and wife, Paige, of Farragut, IA, Stormy Palmer of Scottsdale, AZ, Tori Tranbarger of Elliott, IA, and Mattie Stephens of Red Oak, IA; along with other relatives and friends including her Tuesday lunch bunch. She is preceded in death by her mother Vivian Welch Halperin, her father Edward Maas, and her husband Paul Palmer. Cynthia’s beloved fur babies Penny and Gizzy welcomed her home.

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