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Cynthia Ellzey 1941-2021

Cynthia Ellzey passed after a brief illness on December 8, 2021 at Lawrence and Memorial Hospital in New London, CT surrounded by her two daughters. She was 80 years of age. Cynthia was a long-time resident of Groton, CT. She is survived by four biological children, her stepdaughter, six grandchildren, and five great grandchildren.


She was born on April 23, 1941 in Graham, TX. Cynthia was one of five children to Edward Zeller and Georgia King. She was the last surviving child. She was raised in a Navy family and enjoyed travelling. Cynthia’s favorite memory of military life was living in Hawaii and learning to belly dance, play guitar, and surf as a young woman. Cynthia was patriotic and proud of her military family and friends. She was a special guest on the Coast Guard Baroque Eagle during a trip in 1989 where she met Walter Cronkite. It was the highlight of her life.


She was the widow of Daniel Ellzey, Retired Lt. Commander in the United States Navy. They met while Cynthia was working near General Dynamics, Electric Boat where Daniel was employed after retiring from the Navy. He adored her and gave her and his stepchildren a loving home and supported her crazy ideas and adventures. She learned to scuba dive during her 40’s.


Cynthia had a passion to create and learn. She was an excellent craftsperson. Stained glass, ceramics, sewing, knitting, quilting, woodworking, painting, and anything that sparked her creative side. Cynthia also loved gardening and her John Deer tractor. She loved all animals, and owned many cats and dogs during her life.


Her life was not always perfect, but she soldiered on as her father and late husband would have wanted. Cynthia enjoyed music of any kind and passed that onto her children. At the age of 80, she still listened to Guns and Roses, and AC/DC.


Per her request, there will be no funeral services. There will be a private family burial.



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