Mindy Ann Cordry
Nov. 20, 1964 - March 26, 2021
On Friday, March 26, Mindy Ann Cordry left our world in much the same way she lived in it: with determination, confidence, and an abundance of love, family and friends surrounding her. She was 56.
When Mindy was 7, her family moved to Hot Springs, Ark. The first day at her new school did not measure up to the happy experience of learning and friendship that she had left behind in Longview, Wash. And so, on the second day, she got herself up half an hour early, dressed, made her lunch and walked two blocks to the bus stop to be first in line — so she would get the first choice of seats. By first grade Mindy's method was already evident: assess the situation, identify her goals, hatch a plan, carry it out.
This quiet intention and clear-eyed attention to shaping her days, months and too-few years yielded a life packed with academic, athletic, professional and personal achievements and adventures — the best of which are named Hailey and Luke, her beloved 16-year-old twins. They survive Mindy, along with her parents, Mike and Nancy Cordry; sister, Erin Cordry (Eric Hanson); niece, Robin Slezak (Anthony, Otto and Kaia); nephews, Max and Beck Hanson; the twins' father, Brad Galletes; several aunts, cousins, and a slew of dear friends and admirers near and far.
Mindy made lasting friendships wherever she lived, which included Seattle, Hong Kong and Portland. She loved sports of all kinds — and watching her kids play them; she loved sushi, camping, good friends, her family, good wine and dinner parties. She had a gorgeous smile and natural rhythm. She had stamina. She was always up for an adventure, especially with the right gear, appropriate snacks and a cunning plan — which she inevitably had. As one friend explained, "We realized we could all save a lot of time if we assumed Mindy's plan was the best and went with it."
Mindy cared about winning but cared more about fun and sportsmanship. She valued efficiency, but never at the expense of a righteous detour. Her mastery of planning and logistics alongside international shipping experience and a passion for athletics made Mindy a shoe in for Nike, from which she retired in 2019 as Senior Director of Footwear Demand Planning. She made everything look easy, whether writing a college essay or running a meeting; skiing at Mt. Hood or packing a cooler; single-mom twin-wrangling or, it must be said, tackling cancer, a challenge that began three months into her pregnancy with the twins.
While this clouded her launch into motherhood, she continued to lead by example, building a mighty foundation of love, support and memories for her kids that kept cancer in the background. Her favorite surgeon carries pictures of Luke and Hailey as a testament to Mindy's judgment; with his advice that "what's good for mom is good for babies" she opted to undergo chemotherapy during pregnancy, the first of her many astute treatment plans. Her experience offered countless women hope, saved babies' lives and gave her the space she needed to raise two exceptional humans.
Mindy died sooner than she planned and lived more fully than many who have decades more. She defied everyone's expectations but her own. We all knew Mindy as an extraordinarily capable woman who used her marvelous mind to make consistently on-point decisions. More importantly, we knew her as someone who opened her generous heart to life, showing us what it looks like to live at once as if you have all the time in the world, and no time at all.
Memorials may be made to the Mindy Fund, established to fund research to improve earlier detection and cancer prevention for those with BRCA genetic mutations, as well as all other improvements in therapies for ovarian cancer. Online or by check:www.acceleratemed.org/Mindy-Fund
Make check payable to:
Note: The Mindy Fund
UW Medicine Advancement
c/o UW Gift Services
Seattle, WA 98195-9505
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