March 16, 1957 - May 6, 2013
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ELKHART - Cindy Lou Prater, 56, passed away at 3:50 am, May 6, 2013 at Elkhart Hospice House. She was born March 16, 1957 in Quincy, Illinois to Donald Ballinger and Janice (Kellum) Pickrell. On September 3, 1988 she married Mark Prater in Mishawaka; he preceded her in death. Surviving are 2 children, Heath Dingman & Matthew (Brandi) Picton Prater, both of South Bend; & 3 grandchildren, Aaron, Alley, and Meira. Also surviving are 5 siblings, Danny Ballinger of Schererville, IN, Kevin Ballinger & Bryce (April) Ballinger, both of South Bend, Rob (Liz) Pickrell of Flordia, & Julie (Charles) Sellenberg of South Bend. Cindy loved music, mainly country and rock 'n' roll; she also had a very active social life and enjoyed having a good time. Most of all she loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. A gathering for friends and family will be held Friday, May 10, 2013 at Zimmerman-Inman Funeral Home, from 5-7 p.m. Cremation will take place after at Elkhart Cremation Services. Memorial contributions may be given to the family to help offset funeral expenses.
Published in South Bend Tribune on May 8, 2013