Cynthia Noble Pastor
Cynthia Noble Pastor, of New Orleans, LA, died on January 30, 2019 at the age of 69. Cindy was born on March 7, 1949 in Leonardtown, MD. Her father Walton Bishop “Charlie” Noble was a Navy pilot stationed at Patuxent River, Maryland, at the time of her birth. She was a Navy brat until Charlie and her mother Geraldine “Gerry” Duhon Noble moved the family home to Belle Chasse, LA, when Cindy was 13 years old. Cindy graduated from Dominican High School and then attended LSU and transferred to Dominican College where she earned a degree in education. After college she spent a year in Paris, working as an au pair and studying French at the Sorbonne University. She married David Swords of New Orleans in 1980 and they had a daughter, Melanie. Cindy loved children and was a natural teacher. She was a strong believer in Montessori education and got her start teaching at Oberlin Montessori. In 1985, she married Anthony Pastor of New Orleans and together they built Montessori of the Riverlands School in Destrehan, Louisiana. She later earned a master’s degree in early childhood education from UNO. Cindy’s family lovingly called her “the child whisperer.” In 1999, Cindy met her husband Ben, and together they embarked on an epic sailing adventure across the Pacific Ocean. They settled on the island of Pohnpei, in the Federated States of Micronesia, in 2009. Within two weeks Cindy had a job teaching English at the College of Micronesia. She became popular on the island where “Nana Cindy” was known as a generous and faithful woman. She thrived as an ex-pat, but spent a month each summer in Corpus Christi, Texas, with her daughter and family. She died of breast cancer, at home in Pohnpei, with her loving husband at her side. Cindy will be loved and missed by surviving husband Ben; daughter Melanie Swords Joyce (Charles), and grandsons Dominic, Jonathan and Travis; sisters Victoria Weiner and Nancy Abbott, and brother John; nieces, nephews and a myriad of friends around the world. Cindy will be buried on the island of Pohnpei.