Celebrating the life of Cecelia "CeCe" A. Hinds
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Cece was the daughter of Russell and Fayette Moyer. She spent her early years in Catasauqua, PA and loved to recount stories from the many happy memories of her childhood there for her children and grandchildren. Her father died when she was 10. Cece graduated from Ellis College, a residential scholarship high school for fatherless girls in Newtown Square, PA, in 1943, at age 15. She graduated from Gettysburg College in 1947 at the age of 19. At Gettysburg, Cece majored in English, participated on the debate, field hockey and basketball teams, taught swimming, and met her first husband, Rev. McCurtis Allison. Rev. Allison later served as an army chaplain in Germany, where the family lived for two years and where Cece’s daughter Laurene was born. Daughter Rebecca was born upon her return from Germany. After a divorce, Cece raised her daughters as a single mom, supporting a family at a time when many women did not work outside the home and people referred to theirs as a “broken home.” She said that the accomplishment of which she was most proud was that she and her children went ahead to make a happy life. She later married Hubert Hinds and moved to Hastings-on-Hudson, NY; later divorcing and returning to Philadelphia to be near her mother and sister. A loyal daughter and sister, Cece helped to care for her mother with Alzheimer’s and her sister with multiple sclerosis.
Cece’s business and entertainment career was diverse and rewarding, during which she worked as the host Miss Janet on the “Romper Room” television show on WCAU-TV in the 1950s and the host of the radio interview show “Westchester Woman” on WFAS in New York in the early 1970s. She was a longtime public relations professional with a number of agencies in New York City and Philadelphia, including Mel Richman, Inc., Lewis & Gilman and Golin/Harris Communications, as well as PepsiCo and Scott Paper Company, where she was Director of the Consumer Home Service Center’s Product Publicity Department. A member of American Women in Radio and Television, she served on its board of directors, and of the International Foodservice Editorial Council. She also served on the board of directors of the Philadelphia Club of Advertising Women and the Westchester County, NY, Music Association. At Scott Paper Cece helped to create the educational film “World of a Girl” and took it on the road with a US tour in the 1960s. She appeared in, and did commentary for “The Two Party System”, a women’s interest film shown at the New York World’s Fair and later distributed on television.
Cece loved to read, watch old movies, do crossword puzzles and spend time with her family. She was a dedicated and loving mother to her daughters and a devoted and adoring grandmother to her six grandchildren, Russell, Paul, Margaret, David, Allison, and Jack, and her three great-grandchildren, Evelyn, Thomas and Nora Cecelia. Every summer, Cece rented a house for a week in Ocean City, NJ and would watch all six grandchildren. Breakfast most days started with doughnuts from Browns on the boardwalk and dinners often consisted of delicious burgers cooked in a cast-iron pan and fresh corn picked up from a produce stand on the ride “down the shore.” She faithfully attended her grandchildren’s concerts, plays, dance recitals and sporting events. Cece was always ready for fun adventures, generous with sweets and scrupulous about manners. At her apartment in the Thomas Wynne in Wynnewood, she hosted many sleepovers for her grandchildren, Easter Egg Hunts, and 4th of July picnics before the Narberth fireworks.
Cece played a leading role in her family’s life. In her typewritten “Personal History” she wrote: “All my life, I’ve been ‘on the go.’ My main direction was in rearing my children and doing well in my jobs. Always got along with people. Was responsible in duties at work and at home.” May we all be able to say the same about ourselves. Cece was remarkably resilient and persevered through the many challenges life brought her; she lived by the mottos “don’t borrow trouble” and “put one foot in front of the other.” Her wisdom, warmth, and cooking will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
In addition to her daughters, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Cece is survived by her sons-in-law, Robert Gunther and Andrew Denison. She is predeceased by her parents, her sister Vivian and her brother Russell.
Due to the pandemic, Cece’s life will be honored privately by her family at this time. Her life will be celebrated publicly with family and friends at a later date.
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