Cindy Jo Lamm, 70, died peacefully of natural causes at her home in Palm Springs, Calif. on September 29. Cindy was born August 25, 1943, in Palo Alto, to Frank and Janice Bogert. She graduated from Palm Springs High School, and attended the University of the Americas in Mexico City, where she majored in International Relations and Spanish. She later received her nursing degrees at College of the Desert and Mount St. Mary's. She worked as Head Nurse at UCLA for several years before moving to Santa Fe, New Mexico, where she practiced home health care in remote Indian villages for over a decade. Cindy came back to Palm Springs thirteen years ago, and lived here until her death. On her return to Palm Springs, she worked at the Stroke Recovery Center. In recent years she began to lose her eyesight. Never one to shy at an obstacle, she immediately enrolled at the Braille Institute. She lived independently, and was an active person who enjoyed donating her time to local charities. At the time of her death she was a volunteer at the Palm Springs Historical Society. Cindy was an accomplished classical guitarist, and enjoyed hiking and horseback riding. She is survived by her step-mother, Negie Bogert, her sisters, Denni Russell and Donna Higueras, four nieces and nephews, Pancho Russell, Lori Russell, Jordi Higueras and Jenna Higueras, and a great-nephew, Frankie Russell. A private service will be held by family members. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in her name to: Stroke Recovery Center of Palm Springs, The Braille Institute of America, or The Palm Springs Historical Society.
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Published in The Desert Sun on Oct. 9, 2013