Cynthia Dee "Cindy" McKinney(1951 - 2013)

Cynthia Dee McKinney of Brighton, CO, died unexpectedly on March 17, 2013. Born in Lynwood, CA on March 10, 1951, she attended South Gate High School in South Gate, CA before moving to Colorado in 1981. Cindy is survived by her three sons, two daughter-in-laws and eight wonderful grandchildren, who lovingly referred to her as "Maca". Her family includes Todd and Desiree McKinney and their sons, Tyler and Chase, of Thornton, CO; son, Deron McKinney and his children, Caiden of Brighton, CO and Baylee, and Brenden of Thornton, CO; and Jeremy and Anya McKinney, and their children, Brayden, Gannon and Ashlyn, of Pearland, TX. She is further survived by her brother, Fred Miller of Phoenix and her sister, Ann Miller, of Colville, WA. She was predeceased in death by her parents, Fred and Adelyn Miller of Vista, CA. Cindy worked as the manager of volunteer services at Tennyson Center for Children, Colorado's leader in the treatment and education of abused, neglected and at-risk children. For nearly 30 years, Cindy has been a beloved member of the Tennyson Center family. Anyone who had the pleasure of knowing her knew that there was no one quite like Cindy. Her energy was boundless; her laughter was infectious; her presence lit up any room she walked into; and her dedication to the kids and the mission of Tennyson Center for Children was unparalleled. Cindy worked with thousands of our volunteers and donors over the course of her career and was the embodiment of Tennyson Center's vision of "Changing Lives and Giving Hope." As the "big sister" and "surrogate mom," she customized love for each of the kids and knew what was important to each child and each volunteer. She truly was the "Spirit of Tennyson." A funeral service will be held Friday, March 22, 2013 at 11 a.m. at Central Christian Church, 3690 E Cherry Creek South Drive, in Denver. Her family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be sent to The Cindy McKinney memorial fund at Tennyson Center for Children, 2950 Tennyson Street, Denver, CO 80212 or online at https://www.childabuse.org/donate

Published in Denver Post on Mar. 23, 2013