Cynthia Benna Anderson

Honored by:David W. Anderson
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On April 25, 1946 a bouncing baby girl was born to Betty and Barthold (Bart) Benna in Alta, Iowa. She was given the name Cynthia Betty. She resided with her parents on the family farm northwest of Alta. She was an only child until on her 10th birthday, a baby brother, Keith Barthold, was welcomed into the family.

Cynthia was a typical "Iowa Farmer's Daughter." She helped her parents with the daily operation of their purebred Holstein dairy herd. Cynthia would feed the baby calves, wash and sanitize milk handling equipment, and even drive the tractor and baler during haying time!

She was quite active in the Iowa 4-H program, exhibiting purebred Holstein dairy cattle at the local county fair. Cynthia also exhibited at other fairs and cattle shows throughout the state, winning many blue and purple ribbons. During her high school years, Cynthia played clarinet in the marching and concert bands. She also was active in several other high school organizations.

Cynthia graduated with the Class of 1964 from the Alta Community School district. She pursued a career in cosmetology/hair styling after graduation. On Feb. 27, 1965, Cynthia married her high school sweetheart, David Anderson, a pre-vet med student at Iowa State University.

They made their home, as did many married ISU students, in the infamous "Tin City"--Pammel Court. David studied hard toward his degree, and Cynthia successfully worked on her P.H.T. (putting-hubby-through)!! The Andersons had two sons during their marriage: Bryan Scott Anderson, BS ISU 1990, and Bradley Stephan Anderson, USMC (ret) and classified as a senior at ISU.

Cynthia passed away on May 10, 1968, several days after the birth of Bradley. She will always be remembered as a loving wife and caring mother.