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Cynthia Dolores Brown, 55, made her transition on Saturday, August 9, 2008, at home, succumbing to cancer after a 19-month illness. She is survived by Jill A. Mackey, 52, of Columbia, her partner of 17 years; her mother, Dolores G. Rowlan, 74; her father William K. Brown, 77; her brother, Michael K. Brown, 51; and her sister, Catherine E. Brown, 50, all of the St. Louis area. She has three nephews, Garrett Matthews, 21 of St Louis; Eric Brown, 15; and Matthew Brown, 11, both of Grover.
Originally from St. Louis County, Cindy earned an Associate of Arts degree in art from Columbia College. She spent her professional life in the printing industry, working over the years for Von Hoffman Press in Jefferson City, Combined Communication Services in Columbia, and at the Tribune Publishing Company in Columbia for the past 16 years. She resigned from the Tribune in May of 2008, after having served as second shift pre-press supervisor for the past several years.
As a girl, Cindy enjoyed playing softball, ice skating, floating on Ozark streams, and painting. In her middle and later years, she enjoyed photography, riding her horse, and riding her bicycle on the MKT and Katy trails with Jill. A renaissance woman, she was both a poet and a carpenter, as well as a talented artist.
A kind, gentle woman, Cindy was passionately attached to animals throughout her life, including the horse of her youth, Baldy, and Stoney, her current horse, who remains on the farm with Jill. She enjoyed walking in Three Creeks State Forest with her dogs, Buddy and Johnny, now deceased, and Molly, who survives. Her greatest love, however, was always reserved for her cats, and there have been several throughout her life. Her current feline friends, Roland, El Cid, and Niko, reside with Jill, Molly, and Stoney at her home.
Donations are requested to the American Cancer Society or the Humane Society of Central Missouri in Cindy’s name.
A memorial service will be held at the Unity Center of Columbia on Friday, August 15, at 2:00 p. m.