Cindy Barnes Nease died holding hands with her husband, Floyd Nease, on the morning of Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, of complications from 20 years of cancer treatment.
She was born Lucinda Susan Barnes to Ronald and Gloria Barnes in Bellefontaine in 1951, as the second of five sisters, Ronoyce, Becky, Cheri and Mandi.
Cindy grew to be both intelligent and beautiful, graduating from Indian Lake High School, Mt. Vernon Nazarene College (A.A.), where she sang in both the A Capella Choir and a trio, and Eastern Nazarene College (B.S. in Education).
She married Floyd William Nease II in August 1972 standing next to a reflecting pool. Cindy was predeceased by her mother in 2010.
Cindy and Floyd moved to Vermont in 1975. Over the course of her career, Cindy worked at a number of health care facilities and health insurance companies including Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont, the University Health Center, Copley Hospital, two physicians’ offices and Farm Family Insurance. Her career was interrupted by cancer twice, requiring, among other things, major surgery, massive chemotherapy, a bone marrow transplant and total body irradiation. During her nearly 20-year relationship with cancer, she became known by caregivers, friends and family as someone determined to live life fully engaged, without compromising any of its richness to the disease.
Cindy volunteered as a member of the Board of Lamoille Home Health and Hospice, the Johnson Elementary School Board, the Johnson Public Library Board of Trustees and as a founding member of what was then the Johnson Elementary School PTO. She was also a founding member of the Lamoille Hospice singers. In her volunteer work, Cindy became known as a positive, temperate influence who offered pragmatic, down-to-earth solutions to what were sometimes very complicated problems.
Cindy was a loving companion, valued advisor and best friend to her husband for 41 years. Her most proud accomplishments are their daughters, Jessica Kirsten and Ashley Carter Nease. The gift of Cindy being their mother made them into wonderful, talented independent women making their own paths through life with the same uncompromising determination she modeled for them. For the past five years, Cindy especially loved the company of her grandchildren, Oliver and Stella, who continued to amaze and amuse her right up until her death.
Cindy died knowing that she was loved by the entire community, and especially by the Johnson Divas, a group of women who became lifelong friends and companions through many challenges and celebrations. All will miss her positive approach to life, her wisdom and especially her smile, which brought joy to everyone fortunate enough to bask in it.
An open house celebration of Cindy’s life is from 1:30 to 5 p.m. Saturday in the dining hall of the Vermont Studio Center on Pearl Street in Johnson. Another celebration will take place in Lakeview, at a later date. Information about that celebration will be available by emailing email@example.com.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to Lamoille Home Health and Hospice, an organization that Cindy valued both as a member of its board and as a patient. Without their highly capable help, she could not have achieved her last wish, which was to die peacefully at home. Make checks payable to Lamoille Home Health & Hospice and mail it, along with a memorial notation, to 54 Farr Ave., Morrisville, VT 05661, or online http://www.lhha.org/.