Cynthia Aye Myint Chi passed away peacefully at home on Nov. 24, 2019 in Brookings, after a battle with ovarian cancer. She was surrounded by her loving family.
Cynthia was born Aye Myint Chi in Burma (Myanmar) on June 3, 1962. Her family immigrated to the United States in 1976 when she was 13 years old, and she chose the America name Cynthia when she arrived. She grew up in the North Beach area of San Francisco and moved to Daly City with her family in 1979.
She graduated from Galileo High School in San Francisco, California and obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in business from San Francisco State University.
Cynthia met her husband and the love of her life, Tim Patterson, in 1983. They moved to Brookings in 1992 and eventually took over the Redwood Theater in 1999.
Cynthia was a wonderful, giving, selfless person. She gave so much of herself to her family, the youth in the community and to the community as a whole. She was a role model for many of the high schoolers that worked for her, and she helped many through school, sports, and life events, always encouraging them to reach for their potential.
Cynthia loved movies, especially the Harry Potter series and everything Disney. She enjoyed chatting with the customers at the theater and was especially fond of having groups of school children come to the theater for field trips.
Her favorite thing to do was to watch her talented nephew drum and nieces act, sing and dance in productions in the San Francisco Bay area. She also loved to watch the youth Brookings-Harbor play sports with her husband, Tim. With an interest is self-sustainability, she learned how to grow her own fruits and vegetables. She also grew beautiful flowers, a fascination she inherited from her mother. Cooking, baking and canning were her passion, and she delighted in sharing her creations and skills with others. She loved to travel and enjoyed creating photographic records of her adventures.
Cynthia is survived by her husband, Tim Patterson; mother, Ma Mye Chi; brothers, Jimmy and Rodney Chi; sisters, Lisa Chi and Imogene O’ Neill; nieces, Kelli and Fiona O’Neill, nephews, Brendan O’Neill, Patrick, Aaron and Kendick Chi, step-children, Cindi (Jess) Beaman, Tim Patterson Jr, and Tara (John) Verburg; and grandchildren, Morgan and Madison Verburb, Ethan and Anna Patterson, Apolinar Velasquez, Luke and Jake Beaman. Cynthia was preceded in death by her father, Chang Loi Chi.
She was deeply loved and will be missed dearly.
Memorial services will be held Friday, Dec. 6, 2019 at 10 a.m. in San Mateo at Skylawn Funeral Home & Memorial Park.
There will also be a local memorial at the Redwood Theater in Brookings at a later date.