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Cynthia Lee (Brinkman) Jackson

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Cynthia Lee (Brinkman) Jackson Obituary
Sept. 20, 1952-April 19, 2011
On Tuesday, April 19, 2011, Cindy was called home to her beloved Jesus Christ after losing a long battle to cancer.
Over the course of three years, the disease attacked her body but could not diminish her mind, spirit, courage or dignity.
She was born Cynthia Lee Brinkman on Sept. 20, 1952, in Fort Wayne, Ind. A short time later, the family moved to Shickley, Neb., where Cindy was raised as a farm girl until graduating from high school.
While growing up, she always loved being with others and cultivated many lifelong friendships in and around Shickley. She also was blessed with the ability to make new friends in a very short time.
She was active in the Brownies, Girl Scouts and the church choir. While attending Shickley High School, she participated in the band and choir. She was a beautiful, energetic cheerleader for all sports, and during her senior year was honored as homecoming queen.
After high school, she went to Denver to attend Temple Buell College for two years. From there, she was lured away to realize one of her life's dreams. She became a flight attendant for Eastern Airlines. It was while flying for Eastern she met the love of her life, then Air Force Capt. Steve Jackson. It must have been love at first sight because Steve proposed and she happily accepted after only one week of dating. They remained married for another 37 years.
During Steve's Air Force career, they had a grand life together by living in many different places, making many lifelong friends, building a dream home together, and in 1982 being blessed with a wonderful son, Matthew, a gift from God. She continued to be very supportive of Steve's career and was a great soccer/baseball mom to Matt, never missing a game.
After retiring from the Air Force in 1994, Steve and Cindy settled in Alamogordo.
Those of you who knew Cindy would agree that she was a very caring, selfless and a kind person who gave so much back to the Alamogordo community she loved. She worked as a volunteer at Holloman Air Force Base, serving as coordinator for family services. In 1994, she was recognized as Volunteer of the Year at Holloman. She served on several boards at Grace United Methodist Church. She also was president of the Otero County Community Concert Association and served as a member of the foundation board for the Flickinger Center for the Performing Arts, helping to bring many concerts and shows to Alamogordo.
But perhaps the organization that gave her the most satisfaction was serving her beloved sisterhood of PEO. She was president of PEO, Chapter AO, on four different occasions and also served in several other positions. Although giving a lot of herself to PEO, she received so much love and friendship in return.
Cindy loved walking in the nearby desert with her friends and rescue dog, Dixie. Cynthia was a true gem as shown by the sparkle in her eye and will be sorely missed by everyone she touched.
Cindy is survived by her husband Steve; son Matthew; father and stepmother, Bill and LaVere Brinkman; mother Suzanne Brinkman; brothers Karl Brinkman and his wife, Marge, and Bart Brinkman and his wife, Mary; nieces Arielle and Anna Brinkman, Jessica and her husband, Darin Erstad; and nephews Adam and Andrew Brinkman, and Jeff Bettger.
Memorial services for Cindy will be conducted at 3 p.m. Friday, April 22, 2011, at Grace United Methodist Church with the Rev. Mary Taken officiating.
In lieu of flowers, please send a donation in Cindy's name to the Alamogordo Community Cancer Center at Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center.
Cindy has been entrusted to the care of Alamogordo Funeral Home to direct the funeral services.
To sign the online register book, please visit www.alamogordofuneralhome.org.
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Apr. 20 to May 20, 2011
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