Cynthia Mae (Rector) Wingler

July 25, 1941 ~ January 3, 2020 (age 78)


Cynthia Rector Wingler, our sweet Nana, peacefully went to her eternal home on January 3, 2020 at the, as she said, “older than dirt” age of 78.  She was surrounded by her “best buddies” in her home when her gentle spirit was released from her well-worn shell. She said, “If I knew I was gonna live this long I would’ve taken better care of myself.”  We’re convinced she left before having to face another cold winter, “Oooshie!” 

Cynthia was born to Kermit Rector and Louise Davis Rector on July 25, 1941 in Huntersville, NC.  The reunion party has now begun with her parents and her humble big brother, Rev. Dean Rector and her best friend and identical twin sister, Sylvia Rector Caudill. 

As a devoted and patient caregiver, Cynthia proudly served as an anesthetist for over 30 years at the Wilkes and surrounding area hospitals.  She left a lasting legacy of how grueling long hours can successfully be faced with the utmost safety and infectious laughter. She managed to do so while always looking her best with every hair in place.  Thanks, Louise Eller!   

Her son, David Wingler (the “thorn and her rose”), and daughter-in-law, Anita Wingler (she always liked her best:) as well as her two granddaughters, Caitlin and Kaleigh Wingler (that she loved the absolute most) will miss the daily excuse to eat ice cream, “Yummy, yummy”.  She also leaves behind: brother-in-law Delmar Caudill, nephew Terry Rector (wife Vickie), and niece Kim Rector as well as her great nieces, nephews, and friends.  

A family graveside service will be held and a Celebration of Life event will take place when it’s not so cold outside.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.  

In her memory, make someone laugh today (preferably in the most inappropriate time).  Laughter is the closest distance between two people. 

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