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Cynthia Louise Kemerer-Leatherberry

Cynthia Louise Kemerer-LeatherberryCynthia Louise Kemerer-Leatherberry, age 63, was committed to our Lord's loving care Jan. 16, 2011, in Aultman Hospital. 

Born Jan. 5, 1948, the second of six children, she was a daughter to Charlotte (Blevins) Boord and the late Robert E. Boord.

She graduated from Minerva High School in 1965, and earned a diploma in nursing from Riverside White Cross School of Nursing in Columbus in 1969.  She then launched her career in nursing, which would ultimately total 40 years, in Louisville, KY, before starting work at Aultman Hospital in Canton in 1975.  Her long and distinguished career at Aultman, which lasted 35 years, began with her holding various positions as an RN for 13 years.  She graduated from Walsh College in Canton in 1989 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing.  From 1988-1990, she worked as a Nurse Clinician/Genetic Nurse in Aultman's Ambulatory Care Unit.  She progressed to the position of Obstetric/Gynecological Nurse Practitioner in the Ambulatory Clinic.  She had the distinction of being the only Nurse Practitioner ever to work as an Adjunct Instructor in Obstetrics and Gynecology, teaching students from Northeastern Ohio's University's College of Medicine.  She was a Preceptor for Parent/Child nursing students from Kent State University as well as a clinical instructor for Case Western University's School of Nursing.

She loved all aspects of her career and the service she provided at Aultman, furthering its success in caring for patients.  She was respected and adored by her patients and colleagues, and her students benefitted greatly from her experience and example.  In recognition of these qualities, she received many awards of appreciation from Aultman Hospital including the Golden Apple Award for Commitment to Caring and to the Advancement of Perinatal Nursing, the Allene Vanson Award for her video, "Diabetes and Pregnancy," the I.D.E.A. Program Award, the Nurse Excellence Award, and the 2004 Points of Caring Award.  In 2007, she was honored at the Heart Ball for the time and talent she gave to help stop heart disease.  Professional organizations to which she belonged include NAACOG, ACOG, Medical Advisory Board of Planned Parenthood, and the Ohio coalition of Nurses with Specialty Certification.

Cindy's family would like to sincerely thank all the doctors and staff at Aultman Hospital for giving back to her the same wonderful care that she provided to others during her tenure there.  Also to Theresa and Rebecca, the family cannot express enough how much their love and care of Cindy meant, and for easing Cindy's transition from her days of service on the Earth to her eternity of tending God's people in Heaven.

Cindy was the caregiver and the inspirational leader of her extensive family that was her life's love.  She had an adventurous spirit that craved traveling, particularly to ocean beaches, yet she mostly enjoyed being home among her friends and family.  She was an avid gardener, of flowers and vegetables, and a competent cook, and these two qualities meshed well together to result in sumptuous culinary creations.  She baked cookies every Christmas and delivered them to those in need during the annual Boord Family Christmas Caroling excursions.  She liked tradition and never let a birthday or a holiday pass by without a grand celebration.  

Cindy could often be found at sporting events supporting her grandchildren, nieces, and nephews, and they always got an extra boost of energy when they heard her signature "Woooos!" rise above the noise of the crowd.  No matter what the circumstance or time of day or night, one could always depend on Cindy's support.  She was present at the births of all her nieces, nephews, and grandchildren, and her mere presence was a comfort, and her knowledge was a blessing.

Cindy was a servant of the Lord and lived a righteous, Christian life.  She was a longtime member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Carrollton and later attended Minerva United Methodist Church for several years and was afterward a regular member of both Louisville United Methodist Church and East Rochester United Methodist Church.  Her life is an example to others.  She was an advocate for the American Heart Association for whom she volunteered many hours of her time.  She once traveled to Washington D.C. to lobby with Ralph Regula whence she met Hilary Clinton.  Cindy would prefer that anyone who wishes to send flowers to the family make donations instead to the American Heart Association.  In this manner, she will be able to continue contributing to the benefit of others as she always has.   

She is survived by her husband of 15 years, Raymond Leatherberry of Paris, Ohio; daughters, Aria (Brian) Long and Valerie (James) Oakley, all of Minerva; stepsons, Matt (Amelia) Leatherberry of Louisville, and Marcus (fiancé Lisa Paladin) Leatherberry of Cleveland; grandchildren, Dillon, Hunter, and Madison Long of Minerva, Caleb and Colin Leatherberry of Louisville, and Calisia Oakley of Minerva; sisters, Beverly (Roger) Paxton of Louisville, Polly (Dave) Haught of Minerva, Margie (Nick) Miller-Rolfe of Minerva, and Jennifer (Jeff) Sanor of East Rochester; brother, R. Wayne (Lori) Boord of Minerva; brother-in-law, Richard Handwork of Good Hope, GA, sister-in-law, Gaye (James) Savory of Cuyahoga Falls; brother-in-law, Gary (Elsie) Leatherberry of Augusta; many nieces and nephews as well as several loving aunts, uncles, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her sister-in-law, Joyce Handwork of Good Hope, GA.

Funeral services will be Thursday Jan. 20 at 11 a.m. in Minerva United Methodist Church with Rev. Susan Lausch officiating.  Burial will be in Moultrie Chapel Cemetery.  Calling hours will be Wed. 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in the Gotschall-Hutchison Funeral Home in Minerva.

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