Cindy Niel

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Cindy Niel

July 28, 2018

Cindy Niel, formerly Cindy Sue Gore, passed away July 28, 2018 in Vero Beach, Florida. She fought lymphoma since January and died cancer-free. She fought right to the end and was very brave.
Cindy went to Old Mission Peninsula School and graduated from Traverse City Central High School in 1977. It was there that she made lifelong friendships with "the girls," Sue Gray, Tami Vincent, Kelli Spencer, Jodee Taylor, Bonnie Bensley Jakeway, and Lisa Wyatt Knowlton. The girls were near to her heart and she loved you all.
Cindy spent her adult years living in Vero Beach, Florida, where she met and married her partner, best friend and soul-mate, Kenny Niel. She and Kenny were as close as two people could be and truly treasured the time they spent together, whether it was reading, boating, traveling, having toddies with friends or just hanging out. Cindy was with Kenny every step of his cancer journey, and he returned the favor big time. The family could not have asked for a more attentive and loving caregiver.
Cindy had a small immediate family, mom, Pansy (Pam) Gore, of Drummond Island and Vero Beach, Florida; brother, Clint Gore (wife, Sally), of Traverse City; and sister, Cheryl Follette (husband, David), of Traverse City and Drummond Island. Her nieces, Haley Hathaway (Adam) and kids and Bailey Nuss (Jeremy) and kids, all loved her too. Kenny's family includes his son, KJ (Melissa); brother, Doug (Lisa); and sister, Nancy (Tom). Cindy was blessed with a huge extended family. Cindy truly loved and enjoyed all of her aunts, uncles and cousins. You all meant the world to her.
We all take comfort in knowing that she is with dad, Cortland Gore; aunt, Glo; aunt, Glenna; aunt, Kate; little Gram; and all the other loved ones, family and friends that great cloud who have gone on before. The fun they must all be having right now ...
Cindy always said she got the "joke gene" in the family, and it's true that girl could tell a story. If Cindy was there, it was a party. She knew how to have fun and she wanted everyone to be happy. Cindy did not waste her time grousing and griping; she couldn't give a real hoot about politics or current events. Let's enjoy today! With that in mind, think of Cindy and smile, because as she said in her last words to her sister, "Don't be sad." God bless you, little sister.
An informal memorial service will be held Saturday, Aug. 18, at 2 p.m. at Lighthouse Christian Church on Drummond Island. A formal memorial service will be held in Vero Beach, Florida, on Nov. 6, 2018.
Published on August 6, 2018
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Jeff Lockman
Aug 09, 2018
Cheryl, Clint...
My heartfelt condolences to you and your families. My memories of Cindy were that of a very "spunky and inquisitive" kid. It's been years, but I know she was a great person that meant a lot to many. She followed her own path but, she will always be a friend that came from a great family. She was taken way too soon. Miss all you guys! Prayers to you all. Jeff
NOELLE TOWNER
Aug 07, 2018
My sympathy goes out to Cindy's family and close friends. I was so sad to hear about Cindy's passing. I attended grade school with Cindy and have fond memories of her and all my classmates at old mission school. I then reconnected with Cindy at a gathering for a mutual friend after high school and she was so friendly and incredibly funny! I always enjoyed seeing her at class reunions and reminiscing about childhood...she always made me laugh. Cindy had such a fun personality with a combination of great wit, sarcasm, and kindness! I will always smile when i think of Cindy. My thoughts are with her family so sorry for your loss.
Noelle Towner