Mrs. Cynthia Ward Dixon, 62, of Laurel Springs, N.C., passed away the evening of July 4, 2019 at her home.

Cynthia was born in Ashland, Kentucky April 19, 1957 to the late Bernard Alvin and Myrtice Ogle Ward.

In addition to her parents Cynthia was preceded in death by her sister, Gloria Soffe; brother-in-law, John Soffe; and brother-in-law, Michael Rhodes.

Cynthia is survived by her husband, John; daughter, Heather Furr (Beth) of Wilmington, NC; sister, Brenda Krolak (John) of Atlanta, Georgia; nieces, Jennifer, Jill, Joy Julie and Diana; and nephews, Brandon and John; special friends, Joanna, Debbie, Jennifer, Claudia, Deborah Lee; and her special caregiver, and surrogate mother, Betty.

Cynthia was a true renaissance woman. She was a talented artist with original oil and acrylic paintings displayed in galleries in Asheville, Winston-Salem, North Wilkesboro, Boone and West Jefferson. Her paintings covered all styles, from still life to abstract to landscapes and portraits. Cynthia was an accomplished musician and played the flute, piccolo, alto saxophone, piano and recently began learning the guitar. Cynthia was an aerobic and Zumba instructor and taught classes at Mountain Hearts up to her passing.

Although painting was a large part of her life, being outside working in her gardens and landscaping was her true passion. From the time she was a little girl, she had a flower garden. Cynthia designed her and John’s beautiful retirement home and all the gardens and landscaped area surrounding it. Before her illness ,you would see her any day creating new landscaped areas with her Kubota tractor/backhoe, planting new perennials and shrubs or trimming the areas with her weedeater dressed in all her protective garb.

The family would like to give special thanks to Brenda, Gloria, Terry, Josh, Dave and all the wonderful staff at Medi-Home Hospice for their care and support over the last two years.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Friday, July 12, 2019 at Boone Family Funeral Home with the Rev. Richard Schwandt officiating. Burial will follow in Ashelawn Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. -3 p.m. on Friday, two hours prior to the memorial service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Ashe County Arts Council, 303 School Avenue, West Jefferson, NC 28694; Ashe Memorial Hospital Foundation, 200 Hospital Avenue, Jefferson, NC 28640; New River Conservancy, PO Box 1480, West Jefferson, NC 28694 or ALS Association of NC, 4 N. Blunt Street, Suite 200, Raleigh, NC 27601.

You may give the family your condolences at our website www.boonefuneralhome.com.

Boone Family Funeral Home of West Jefferson is in charge of these arrangements.