Cynthia Marie Marshall was born in Seattle, Washington on May 27th 1965 to the late Major “Bunky” Marshall and Elijah Griggs. Cynthia suffered a traumatic brain injury in the early 1980’s, which led her to spend the remainder of her life battling brain tumors, and confined to a wheelchair. After suffering a lifelong battle of brain tumors, Cynthia went home to be with the Lord on August 19th 2018.
Regardless of Cynthia’s disability and battle with brain tumors, Cynthia was known to be a fighter, and was very independent. She found ways to enjoy life, she was cheerful, and she kept a smile on her face, and was passionate about life and having a good time. She became a member of Berean Church in the 1990’s. She also attended church at Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church, and Christian Restoration Center.
Everywhere Cynthia went, she would tell her story to as many people as she could, about how the doctor’s initially gave her 3 months to live in the 1980’s and how by the grace of God, she lived far beyond what the doctor’s expected. She was passionate about her belief that one day God would heal her completely, and that she would one day walk again. On several occasions, she would get up out of her chair without warning in the middle of church service and try to walk on her own across the alter, and she strongly believed that one day she would walk again without help.
Cynthia spent most of her time at home, doing crossword puzzles, watching Family Feud, Wheel of Fortune, playing spades, rummy, checkers, and listening to music. Some of her favorite artists were the Williams Brothers, Shirley Caesar, Donnie McClurkin, Earth Wind and Fire, Teena Marie, the Gap Band, Cameo, Usher, Snoop Dogg, Keith Sweat, and Joe. She also loved to sing, dance, and party whenever she could, and she loved soul food, hamburgers crackers, and cookies.
Cynthia leaves to cherish precious memories, her daughter, LaShawna Marshall, her grand-daughter, Imani Hudson, her sisters, Sylvia Plane, Leah Marshall, Robyn Clark, Carrie Tracewell, Theresa Jenerou; her brothers, Andy Marshall, Leonard Marshall, and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins.