We created Cindra's Caring Bridge page because she has so many connections to people who know and love her. Cindra was diagnosed with late stage renal cancer on October 4, 2012. After a stay at Sacred Heart Hospital in Spokane,and with the assistance of family and Hospice, she chose to return to the beautiful, newly purchased country home she had just spent two days in with her partner, Gary Bowe.
Throughout the unexpected and and rapid progression of her illness, Cindra has focused on the needs and emotions of others. We know this is Cindra- head to toe! She articulated many times that she knows she is going to a better place. Family and friends have rallied around Cindra. Most dear to her are her son Christopher, her daughter Victoria and her partner Gary.
On December 28th, she moved to Hospice House of Spokane where she will complete her time with us. She was adamant that she did not want to share her journey via Facebook or other social media. But for those of us who love her, we want to provide a forum of news and comfort for her last days.
We will make daily entries but feel free to connect personally as you are so inspired.
Over the last two weeks we have been processing the reality
of Cindra’s passing, each in our own way.The family and close friends have also collaborated to make her memorial
service one that represents her in every way we can think of.As we finalize tomorrow’s service, we want to
tell a bit about Cindra’s wishes and the choices we made as we come together to
celebrate her life.
Cindra wanted Pastor Craig from Millwood Presbyterian to perform
her memorial service. Pastor met with family to plan out the order of service
We knew there would be two elements of the service that
would be especially important to Cindra: the graphic design and printing of the
program and the food and presentation at the fellowship following the service.
Josh from the Liberty Lake Splash is a fellow Chamber
member.He provided the work on Cindra’s
program, which was designed by his graphic artist Sarah.We gave them full artistic license within the
given elements we needed included. We feel they did a beautiful job and we
think Cindra would have approved.
The slideshow presentation was a collaborative effort and
took many days and many contributors.Because our mom’s pictures still haven’t been located since her passing
two years ago, we relied on some that had been scanned into her computer.Chris retrieved those from Dotty’s computer
at Mel’s and we also went to Gary’s and Cindra’s to crack the code to her organization
system on her computer.After many days
of editing, crying and laughing, we came up with about 12 minutes of slides-
probably too many but we couldn’t help ourselves.
As far as the slideshow music here is the playlist and the
1. Jackson 5, I’ll be There- This was Cindra’s favorite as a
pre-teen.I don’t know what prompted it
but when she came home from the hospital to Deer Park she broke into this tune from
her newly delivered hospital bed, complete with moving her head side to side as
2.Helen Reddy, I am
Woman- OK this is totally corny but totally Cindra.She was invincible. She could do anything.
And put behind those 80s pictures of Cindra it is perfect.It will make you smile.
Mitchell, You are My Sunshine- This was a favorite of our grandma Mabel.She loved to sing it to us.Cindra was our sunshine to be sure.
4. Jesse Winchester, The Only Show in Town- The girls were Jesse
fans and got to talk to him both times we saw him perform.In the mid-70s our whole family shared a home
together for a few months after Dotty followed Greg and me to Alaska.Cindra worked for a company named Universal
Services that provided food to oilfield camps on the north-slope.One day Cindra staged an impromptu
performance using this song where the five siblings dressed up in matching
Universal Services t-shirts and formed a train, holding each other by the waist
and dancing a two-step around the room for our Mom.
Victoria wanted to send you away with something to say thank
you so we have baked Grandma Mabel’s peanut butter cookies. Cindra often baked
these for “events.”
As for the food, we ordered sparkly cupcakes and one of
Cindra’s signature gingerbread houses and we’re leaving the rest up to you.
Thank you to Peggy who spent all afternoon helping us with flower arrangements
We will see you tomorrow dear friends.If you can’t attend we know you will be there
in spirit and love.