Cynthia Olivia Hammond

September 30, 1945 ~ November 29, 2021 (age 76)


A Life Well Lived….
Cynthia Olivia Hammonds was born on September
20,1945 in Mount Vernon, New York and was
called to her heavenly home on November 29, 2021
in Las Vegas Nevada where she lived for over 25
years. Cynthia was the eldest of a blended family
of nine siblings. Her mother, Thelma Jenkins-
Hammonds, Father, Gabriel Hammonds and
Stepmother Rebecca Rush Hammonds preceded her
in death as well as her husband Earl Roberts;
siblings Kenneth Hammonds and Vivian Patricia
Lewis and her lifelong friend and confidant Valarie
As a young woman Cynthia received a formal
education from Westchester County school systems
where she received her diploma from Mt Vernon
High School and later went on the receive a
Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and a
Maters in Applied Technology from SUNY. She
began working for IBM at the age of 19 starting off
in the mail room and ultimately braking through
corporate glass ceilings to become one of the few
African American employees to IBM’s elite Global
Audit team. A position that afforded her the ability
to travel the world and “travel” she did. While at
IBM Cynthia met her husband Earl Robert. She
retired from IBM after a career of more than 45
years but not before receiving numerous awards for
unsurpassed leadership and technical excellence.
Cynthia being a self-made woman was fiercely
independent and meticulous in everything she did.
She emerged herself in activities that augmented
personal growth like music, world travel, crafting
African American collectibles, cake decorating,
mentoring woman at a local shelter and feeding the
hungry. To say that she had a love for the finer
things in life would be an understatement. One of
her most memorable trips was what she often
described as a “journey of a lifetime” traveling with
her; a group of friends, whom she called her “Circle
of Sisters”, sojourning to The Holy Land to dip her
feet in the River Jordon.
Cynthia leaves to treasure her memory two brothers
Jasper Johnson {Florence, SC,} and Walter Fleming
{Monks Corner SC.}, sisters Carolyn Hammonds
{Florence SC.} Jennifer Singeltary {Charleston
SC.} Artist Council {Columbia SC.} and Kimberli
Hammonds {Woodstock Maryland.} Three adopted
grandchildren whom lovingly referred to her as
“Granny Cyn” Cheryl Lawrence, Aiden Lawrence
and Scott MacThomas all of Las Vegas Nevada.
Four godchildren, Mark Collins, Kaseena Johnson,
Rashad Singeltary and Deyanna Hammonds. A
group of life long friends whom she referred to as
her “Sister Circle” as well as a host of nieces and
nephews whom she affectionately referred to as her
“brats” as well as a multitude of other family and

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