A Castalia woman remembered for her devotion to her family and her steadfast faith died almost instantly Thursday morning when a tree fell on her.
Relatives gathered at the home of Cynthia and Tommy Myers on Maple Avenue in southern Margaretta Township, still in shock from Cynthia’s death.
The couple were cutting firewood in the 2100 block of Township Road 306 when a tree fell over, landing on top of her, Sandusky County Sheriff Kyle Overmyer said. Overmyer did not know what type of tree it was, but said the trunk was 8-10 inches in diameter.
He characterized the incident as “a very unfortunate accident” and said there would not be any charges.
Myers, 61, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Her sister, Deanna Keegan, said Thursday evening Cynthia’s husband was blaming himself and, not feeling well, had gone to the hospital.
The two married shortly after Cynthia graduated from Sandusky High School in the mid-1960s and had three daughters.
“They were never separated,” Keegan, said. “And he doesn’t know what he’s going to do without her.”
Sitting in a living room Myers decorated with homemade floral arrangements and the lamps she collected — six, plus a chandelier hanging in one corner — Chelsea Gilbert described her grandmother as “the happiest and strongest person I’ve ever met.”
Keegan said Myers had a strong Christian faith and served as a Sunday school teacher at Wayside Temple up the road.
“She just finished up a jail ministry,” Keegan said. “The last thing she said to me is she can’t wait to see what God had for her next.”
Myers’ sudden death brought mixed emotions for some family members.
“She couldn’t wait until the day that she got to heaven,” Gilbert said, “and it’s hard to know whether to feel happy for her or sad that she’s gone.”