Cynthia Marie Vilayvanh, 61
Cynthia Marie Vilayvanh of North Adams, Massachusetts passed away at home on Jan. 4, 2024, surrounded by her family and friends at the age of 61.
Cynthia was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2022. After a long, difficult battle, she was declared cancer-free in July 2023, but later found out she had pancreatic cancer in November 2023. Upon this diagnosis, Cynthia and her family decided to discontinue treatment and proceed with palliative care. Furthermore, Cynthia decided to donate her remains to UMass Anatomical Gift Program, where she will achieve her dream to contribute to cancer research and medical education. Through this selfless act, she hoped to make a meaningful impact on the understanding and treatment of cancer, leaving a lasting legacy in the fight against the disease.
Cynthia is survived by her children Sutye Vilayvanh, Helena Sysoumang, Janoi Vilayvanh, David Smith,
Amanda Portilla and Chuckie Page; her siblings Wayne Rarick, Donna Kelly, Theodore Rarick, Bob Napriva,
James Rarick, Peter Rarick, Michael Dean, John Dean, and Mary Jane Rega; her sixteen grandchildren; and her
emotional support animals Tucker and Buddy.
She is predeceased by her daughter Jessica Jarvis; her husband Saveng Vilayvanh, and her siblings, Cheryl Chaloux, Katherine Dean, David Rarick, and Bruce Rarick. Cynthia was born to Jeanette Bombardier Huerta and John Dean Sr. on January 14 th , 1961. Throughout her life, Cynthia not only demonstrated love and care within her family, but also possessed a deep sense of compassion and genuine commitment to taking care of those around her. Cynthia worked as a C.N.A. at Williamstown Commons as well as a chair van driver and a secretary for the North Adams Ambulance Service.
She also worked as a P.C.A. for her stepfather, Jose Huerta during his end-of-life care. Cynthia's nurturing nature extended far beyond herself, leaving a positive imprint on the lives of those she touched. Cynthia was a devoted mother and found immense joy in cherishing quality time with her family and friends. In her spare time, she indulged in arts and crafts, showcasing her creativity and contributed to her small business called Kit and Kaboodle. Cynthia adored her hobbies, including leisurely TV and tablet time, as well as enjoying neighborhood rides in her power chair. Cynthia's legacy is a testament to a life well-lived, marked by love, compassion, and a lasting impact on all who were fortunate enough to be a part of her world. She will be missed by many.
A celebration of life, commemorating Cynthia's remarkable journey, will be held at a later unscheduled date. Details will be shared with friends and family as plans unfold, providing an opportunity for all to come together in remembrance and tribute.