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Janet Lucinda "Cindy" (Adriance) Mancillas

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Janet Lucinda "Cindy" Mancillas

August 3, 1931 – August 8, 2016

Janet Lucinda "Cindy" Mancillas nèe Adriance, a longtime resident of San Francisco's Mission District, passed away peacefully holding her granddaughter Lucienne's hand on August 8, 2016 after a brief illness. The second of four children, Cindy was born in Napa, California to George and Neva Adriance. The family relocated to Moses Lake, Washington, where she enjoyed her childhood and high school years. Cindy and her younger sister, Dorie, moved to "the big City" in 1954 where she obtained a Bachelor's Degree in History at San Francisco State University. Soon after, she met and married Richard Mancillas, raising five children and divorcing after 20 years. Cindy supported her family by working as a legal secretary and, eager for intellectual challenge, obtained her Masters in Social Work. She had a thriving therapy practice, which continued well past retirement. Many considered her degree a formality, since she generously listened and gave sage advice to countless people for many years before. Aside from a keen intellect and dry wit, friends and family will remember Cindy's compassionate heart, having always opened her home as refuge to those in need throughout the decades.

Cindy always appreciated a nice glass of wine and enjoyed life to its fullest. A self-described "yellow dog Democrat" and avid reader, she amassed hundreds of books from the Civil War to presidential biographies and everything in between, and was politically engaged throughout her life. She was a loyal Giants and 49ers fan, enjoyed traveling and going to movies with friends. Cindy was a longtime supporter of the San Francisco Mime Troupe and an active patron of local arts and culture. She belonged to Holy Innocents Episcopal Church, her spiritual family, for over 25 years. But first and foremost, Cindy relished every moment spent with her beloved family and friends.

Cindy is survived by her sister, Dorie Marsh, her children, Peter (Marina), Paula (Tim), Nicholas (Leslie), Joseph and Grayson (Robert); ten grandchildren, Maia, Lucienne, Pilar, Robert, Tiffany, Marisa, Gianna, Alejandro, Francesca and Isabella; and three great-granddaughters, Cais, Lilliana and Kamiko.

A memorial service and reception will be held on August 27, 2016 at 2 pm at Holy Innocents Episcopal Church, 455 Fair Oaks Street, San Francisco. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Holy Innocents Episcopal Church.
Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Aug. 21, 2016
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