Woman with a big heart sadly missed
IT was a running joke that Cynthia Brumpton had a key to her house cut for someone new every week.
She made sure her home was always open to family and friends for a cup of tea.
Cynthia died on Sunday aged 52, from glioblastoma multiforme, a brain tumour she was diagnosed with in June.
She was the kind of woman who would bake food for a sick person, always putting others first.
Husband Campbell Brumpton said he fell in love with his wife the moment he saw her.
"I could not have asked for a more beautiful, loving and caring wife to share my life with," he said.
"Our marriage lasted 31 years, seven months, six days and 28 minutes, from the time I uttered the words 'til death do we part'."
Mrs Brumpton was born on the January 11, 1962 at a farm in Witta. She moved to Gladstone after living six years on the farm.
She finished her schooling at Gladstone State High School at 15 and kick-started her career as a dental nurse.
Mrs Brumpton taught children about oral health in her job at Queensland Health, until she fell ill.
In 1980 she met sweetheart Campbell and their joint life began together.
"I remember distinctly the first time I met Cynthia. It was at a church youth camp," Mr Brumpton said in the eulogy.
"I was running around like an idiot and cut my arm while going through a barbed wire fence.
"Cynthia insisted on cleaning up the wound. Little did she know she would be patching me up for the next 34 years."
They had two children, and later, grandchildren.
Mrs Brumpton was a strong believer in God and she also rated family highly in her life.
"It was a running joke that Mister Minute had our house key on file because Mum would get one cut for someone new every second week.
"She made sure that our house was always open to family and friends to come for a cuppa," her daughter Nicola said in the eulogy.
Mrs Brumpton dedicated herself to work on the college board at St Stephen's Lutheran College for 12 years.
Although cancer took over, Mrs Brumpton never lost her inner strength.
She died at Gladstone Mater Hospital surrounded by family.
She leaves behind two daughters Laura, and Nicola, stepdaughter Cassandra and husband Campbell.
A funeral service will be held at St Stephen's on Saturday from 10am.