As word arrived that our sweet classmate Cindy had lost her battle with cancer last Friday, we were all just brokenhearted and our minds went numb. Cindy's SHS Bulldog classmates and life long friends from her school years and beyond have all been hoping for a much different outcome, a different answer to all of our prayers, and we were praying constantly for her and encouraging her all the time to stay hopeful and strong. Cindy was one of those "kids" who just beamed... her smile could light up a room, her personality showed just how beautiful she was on the inside, overshadowing her natural beauty on the outside, which she was.
For me, I will remember Cindy as a cheerleader in high school, out there in front of the football stands with the other girls, cheering hard for our SHS football players in the pouring rain, dressed in her maroon and white uniform with hints of light blue accents and always wearing a big smile. She is forever young in my memory, captured in time at the age of 17. I want to remember her that way.
But I also want to make note of how she so bravely shared her thoughts and her fears on Facebook and openly asked for prayers from all of us, her family, her friends, her fellow Bulldogs... and we cherished Cindy and we prayed. She showed us all the meaning of bravery, of courage under fire. And I'm so glad that she took the adventure of a lifetime this summer too... visiting all those places and posting up all those pictures for the rest of us to see. Perhaps, this is why losing Cindy so suddenly is such a shock. But for her husband and for her children and grandchildren whom she dearly loved, she leaves a legacy of love, of optimism, of strength and of friendship and love. And that's a life well lived when you can do that. We shall surely miss her here and trust that she is warmly welcomed on the other side of that spiritual door. We know she is.
God speed our dear Cindy home to heaven. May the angels be in awe of her smile when she arrives.
Cathy aka "Titch"
SHS Class of '74