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Lucinda McMichael Paris

Posted By Hall-Wynne On August 10, 2016 @ 3:42 pm In Durham,Obituaries | 4 Comments

Lucinda McMichael Paris, much loved wife, mother and friend, died at Duke Hospital on August 4. She is survived by her husband John Staddon, her sister Charlotte Pelon of Durham, and two children: Charlie Paris who lives near Boulder, CO, and Anne Paris, who lives with her husband Barclay Collins and two daughters in Arlington VA.
Cindy was born on June 19, 1937, in Winston-Salem NC, but grew up in Durham. She went to Duke and UNC before graduating with a master’s degree in library science. She was for many years the Head of Collections at the downtown Durham County Library and before that Head of the Parkwood branch. Latterly, she worked for a while as Managing Editor of the scientific Journal of Neuroscience, but was happy to leave when computers began to take over.
Cindy was a writer who published both short stories and poetry. She had been working on a novel about Fuegia Basket, the young native girl being returned to her people on Tierra del Fuego by James Fitzroy, captain of HMS Beagle, during the voyage that took young Charles Darwin round the world in the early nineteenth century. Cindy maintained her literary interests to the end. She was a member of Durham’s 106-year-old Halcyon literary club and regularly attended a weekly writing group organized by her longtime friend Laurel Goldman in Chapel Hill.
Cindy was able to travel widely with her husband John. Her first trip outside the US was to Brazil, where she visited places from Sao Paulo in the south to remote Belem at the mouth of the Amazon River. Next, she spent a year in Germany. She became friends with families in many countries, from Brazil to Mexico, Italy, Germany, Australia and also England. In later years, she and John spent several months each year in York, a medieval city in the north of England, a place and a culture she loved. Her last trip was a very happy voyage from Southampton to New York on the Queen Mary 2.

“Say not in grief ‘she is no more’ but live in thankfulness that she was.”

A memorial service will be held at the Doris Duke Center at Duke Gardens from 9-11:00 a.m., on Saturday, August 20. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent in Lucinda’s memory to the Durham County Library: https://www.durhamlibraryfoundation.org/make-a-gift/,or to the Duke Lemur Center. Arrangements are with Hall-Wynne Funeral Service. On-line condolences: hallwynne.com.

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Condolence from Rita Randall Bailey on August 10th, 2016 9:45 pm

Charlie and Anne, your mother was such a lovely friend to me and our son Jason when we lived near you on Haddon Road. I am so sorry to read of her passing, but she obviously lived a rich life filled with a wide variety of adventures. You are in my thoughts at this sad time. Rita Randall Bailey

Condolence from Maureen Sladen on August 11th, 2016 8:57 am

Dear John, Charlotte, Ann and Charlie,
It is our tradition to say ‘I wish you long life’ at the loss of a beloved family member, and so I do, as long as you would wish.
Cindy was a beloved member of Laurel’s Thursday morning group. She leaves an unfillable gap in the room and our hearts. 20 years after hearing her book on Fuegia Basket, it is a vivid memory. A lovely writer of great clarity and depth, a beautiful woman of kindness and generosity of spirit.
I am grateful that I knew her for the time I did.

Condolence from Margaret L. Paris on August 14th, 2016 11:28 am

Cindy and I were friends for almost seventy years. We met when we were in elementary school and continued as friends through high school, college, parents, marriages, children, recipes, divorces , new loves, old problems plus Cindy’s writing – first poetry, then fiction and my art – first painting, then photography. We were often in diffrent towns, sometimes different continents. My life was enriched and in many ways formed by this friendship with Cindy.

Condolence from Peter Neal on August 14th, 2016 4:20 pm

Worked with Cindy for many years at the Durham County Library and had lunch with her a few times after my retirement. She was a good friend, though I had not seen her for many years.

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