Cynthia Nalton Libby

January 6, 1937 ~ April 12, 2021

Born in: Syracuse, New York
Resided in: Beacon, New York

Cynthia Nalton Libby, a longtime Beacon resident passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by her loving family on April 12, 2021; she was 84-years old. She was born on January 6, 1937 in Syracuse, NY, daughter of the late Herbert & Helen (Olds) Nalton.

On July 16, 1960 at the St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral in Syracuse, NY, Cindy married Harrison S. Libby; they were married for 55-years until he predeceased her on November 3, 2015.

Cindy received her Registered Nurse degree at the University of Rochester and worked at Southside Hospital in Bayshore, NY and Highland Hospital in Beacon until her retirement in late 1980s.

Cindy was an avid gardener and loved flowers of all kinds. She was known for the best Thanksgiving Dinner and Christmas cookies. She loved all things Christmas; the music, her mantle, the lights, the sweaters, the Christmas tree, and spending time with her family. Cindy loved spending as much time as possible with her friends and family and often hosted gatherings and dinners at her home in Beacon. She was a longtime member of the Melzingah Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) in Beacon, NY. She was also very active alongside Harrison in the Southern Dutchess and Beacon communities and their family business at Libby Funeral Home. She was very patriotic and was proud of her husband and his service to the U.S. Army. Cindy was a former active communicant of the St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Beacon, serving on various church committees with her husband.

Cindy is survived by her daughter Sue Libby Van Ness of Summerville, SC; her three granddaughters: Amy Van Ness and her husband Dan Forde (Southborough, MA), Mallory Van Ness (Brighton, MA) and Libby Van Ness (Summerville, SC); her son-in-law Charles Van Ness of Chemung, NY. She is also survived by her sister, Sue Kingsepp Ring of Clarkston, MI; her nephew Jont (Ellen) Kingsepp (Deerfield, IL); her niece Molly (Mike) Pattison (Aurora, CO); lifelong friend Julie Richards (Beacon, NY).

Along with her husband Harrison, she was predeceased by her son Thomas N. Libby, her grandson Sean Libby Van Ness, and her sister Patricia Nalton.

Her Family will receive Friends on Monday, April 19th from 4-8pm at the LIBBY FUNERAL HOME, 55 Teller Avenue, Beacon. The Funeral Service will be held in-person for immediate family & close-friends only, on Tuesday, April 20th The Rev/Dr. Edwin Cromey, family-friend will officiate. Service will be livestreamed. In light of the recent pandemic occurrence and accordance with NYS Regulations; social distancing is required, capacity is limited, masks must be worn while gathered at the funeral home. Interment will be private the follow day at the Woodlawn Cemetery, Elmira, NY; where she will be laid to rest with her husband and grandson.

Arrangements were under the direction of her friends Matthew Fiorillo and Joseph Schuka of Libby Funeral Home, Beacon. To offer a message of condolence or share a fond memory and also view the livestreamed services, please visit:

Funeral Service Broadcast 20/04/2021 11:00 am



Visitation: April 19, 2021 4:00 pm - April 19, 2021 8:00 pm

Libby Funeral Home
55 Teller Avenue
Beacon, NY 12508

Funeral Service (Private for Immediate Family Only):

Libby Funeral Home
55 Teller Avenue
Beacon, NY 12508

Burial (Private for Immediate Family Only): April 21, 2021 2:00 pm

Woodlawn Cemetery
1200 Walnut Street
Elmira, NY 14905


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  1. Sharon Krafton says:

    You have always been a light and angel in my life. Your laughter was sweet medicine during dark times. You chose a special day to go home to see your Sean boy! Love you all Van ness will be praying for you guys.

  2. Sarah Bailey says:

    Your laugh will be missed! I’m happy I got to meet you and spend time with you. Sending love to you all.

  3. Stacey Quade and family says:

    Thoughts and prayers Sue for you and the family. I am so glad that you had that time to spend with her.

  4. Taryn Tillberg says:

    Sending love and prayers to you and your family. I am so blessed to have met your mom. She was very special and one of the sweetest people. I loved her fun Christmas sweaters , little holiday hats and how cute you were together. She will be greatly missed. May peace always be with her 💜💜

  5. Annette and Lon Harris says:

    My heart goes out to you and your family. We will always remember your mom fondly. ❤

  6. Margaret McKinley says:

    Although I never met you, I feel like I have from all Sue has shared with me. You raised a wonderful, beautiful, smart and kind daughter.

  7. Nicola Gabriel says:

    She sounded like the kind of grandmother we all would have wanted.
    I am sorry for you loss, my deepest condolences to all family and all thos feeling her absence.
    RIP Cindy.

  8. Joan Urbanak says:

    Dear Susan, We are so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. She was such a delight, along with your Dad! We always looked forward to seeing her at Ann & Corrine’s parties! Plus, I worked with her at Highland Hosp. & remember when you had surgery there? Our thoughts & prayers are with you. Love, Joan & Bob Urbanak

  9. Barry and Carol Meehan says:

    My husband and I met Cindy on a cruise of the Danube River several years ago. She and her sister Sue were lovely travelling companions. We were amazed that people who lived so near to one another could meet in a country so far away. Cindy, my husband and I met for several meals after that in local restaurants. Bon voyage my friend.

    Carol and Barry Meehan

  10. Arlene Newton says:

    Cindy, you will be missed terribly. You were truly a part of our family, especially when you joined us to celebrate our wedding in Grand Cayman. Exeter Circle will not be the same without you.

  11. Dianne Lane says:

    Sincerest sympathies to Sue and her entire family as well as Mrs Libby’s friends.

  12. Marsha Shelton says:

    All my thoughts and prayers to sue and her family- I really didn’t know Sue’s mom but all that sue has said about her, she sounded wonderful and loved her family and also has a wonderful daughter like sue to be there for her in her time of need

  13. Olu Akiwumi-Assani says:


    Prior to 2003 we knew of the Libbys because they sponsored a team in the Beacon Soccer Club, testimony to their generosity which is well known throughout the Beacon area. In March of 2003 we moved in to our new home next to the Libbys. Since then Cindy, and Harrison, have been fantastic neighbors and in many ways it feels like we are family. I recall move-in day. I was shuttling back and forth between the two houses hauling our belongings and desperately trying to beat the clock before the closing on the old house. That evening Cindy walks up to me and offers to help move stuff. That’s just who Cindy was – curious, keen need to be in the know, rolls up her sleeves and lends a real hand, and she does it all with the warmth, care, concern, genuineness your closest family member will offer you when you need help but you don’t ask for it.

    Eighteen years have passed by and I can definitely say, today, that Cindy is really family, and if I had to prove it here space and time will not permit me to expand deeply on the subject. Those years with Cindy have been spent in so many ways:- the frequent in-person visits and phone calls to check on each other; “going to visit Harrison, wanna come?”; “here, try this dish or cookies I made that you must try – and here is the recipe” – examples include 3 bean salad, tabbouleh, cheese balls, soups, etc; “hey why don’t you get the gang together so we go to dinner at Brothers, and you drive”. Cindy has been to most of our family’s weddings (including the Caymans), baby and bridal showers, barbecues and numerous other get togethers.

    Cindy was cheerful, fun-loving, and active when health allowed her to be. The illness was a drag on her and I know she didn’t like that. She had this specific sound and gesture she would make to express her dissatisfaction. Many times my advice to her was to look to the brighter side: you are alive, stay positive, and forget about the material things. But she was also a sharp lady who knew exactly what was up and couldn’t be fooled. She had little tolerance for slackers, and is well known for her disposition to “get on with it” attitude to tasks. She loved to dress well, and was always showing off her new hairstyle, or fashion items – I think she owned a whole closet of jewelry, however she still shopped at Chico’s every opportunity she got!

    Cindy will be missed. People like her don’t cross one’s path in life often. She leaves behind a legacy of and testament to what a good, trusting, caring, loving friendship is really like, and she demonstrated how family ought to take care of and help each other when the need arises.

    We loved you Cindy as one of our very own family. May you rest in eternal peace in the bosom of your maker.

    Olu, Evelyn, and the entire Akiwumi-Assani family.

  14. Peggy Bergmann says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I met Cyndi through the Birthday Club started by Judy and Nancy. Over a number of lunches the Cyndi I got to know was beautiful inside and outside. Our chatter throughout these luncheons was spirited and fun and caring. It was such a special time for all of us. I will miss Cyndi’s presence but never forget her fun and laughter. My deepest condolences.
    Peggy Bergmann

  15. Tara Poston says:

    Even though I never got to meet you, I feel I knew you through your wonderful daughter Sue. She always talked about you. There is no doubt you was a beautiful person inside and out that loved her family and friends so very much. God has gained a beautiful angle. My thoughts and prayers are with Sue, family and friends.

  16. Maureen Young says:

    I am very sorry Sue, my prayers and thoughts are with you.

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