Cynthia Ann Heagy (Richardson) Brown was born May 7, 1949 in Canton, OH.to Jack and Aggie Heagy. “Cindy” was raised in Bloomington, IN by her mother and loving step-father, Warren Hostetler. She attended St. Charles Elementary and graduated from Bloomington High School. Cindy loved Bloomington and loved spending time with her many friends and siblings (Mike Hostetler, Taffy Bridges, John “Tim” Heagy, Joseph Heagy and Lori Wilkerson) she enjoyed participating in its sites and sometimes causing a little trouble. True to her innate desire to always look out for the well-being of others, Cindy went to LPN school and took her first position at Bloomington Hospital. She married Gerald Richardson on September 26, 1969 and they had 3 daughters, Amy, Nikki and Micah. After moving the family to Ellettsville, she began working at Gosport Nursing Home. She remained there for many years and was able to serve in almost every capacity-as LPN, Activities Director and Director of Nursing. She shined as a nurse, caregiver and friend-always thinking of others and reaching out to them with humor, compassion and kindness-she never knew a stranger (real talk.) Cindy moved to Indianapolis after marrying Jerry Brown in June 1990. While there-she made even more friends (that were with her until the end) while working at Community East and Westview Hospitals. She attended Cornerstone City Church (Pastor David Clayton) and Harvest Prayer Center (Pastor GE Studdard).
Having struggled with major health issues her entire adult life (brought on by severe arthritis and auto immune disorders) she never slowed down. Her levels of pain would have left the average person bedridden-but not Cindy. She ceased every opportunity to enjoy life. She gained her energy from being surrounded by others as mentor, confidant, shopping buddy and partner in crime. She was always in the company of amazing co-workers, friends and family. She loved her grandchildren and was regularly seeking opportunities to spend time with them. Most important of all, she had a deep and personal relationship with Jesus Christ and a faith in God that kept her going. We rest in comfort and confidence knowing she is with him today!
Cindy spent her last years in Westfield, IN staying first with Nikki and then at Maple Park Village Nursing Home. At Maple Park, Cindy remained active as President of the Resident’s Council, Drawing Club sponsor and Commercial “Star” (she always wanted to be on TV.) While there, Cindy was not surrounded by “caregivers”- but friends-ones that offered mutual respect, inspiration, reasons for hope and purpose-even if you’re in a wheelchair. They effortlessly loved and appreciated her daily. See-God is Good.
Cindy was preceded in death by her parents, Aggie and Warren Hostetler, brother Mike Hostetler, daughter Amy Richardson, and 2nd husband Jerry Brown. She is survived by siblings, Taffy (Joel) Bridges, Tim (Diane) Heagy, Joe Heagy and Lori (Todd) Wilkerson. Daughters Nikki (Adrian) Jagow and Micah Brown. Grandchildren Lyric, Liam and LucaDavid Jagow.
Funeral services are Monday, June 25th at 6:30pm visitation begins at 5:00pm. Indiana Memorial- 3562 W. 10th St. Indianapolis, IN- In lieu of flowers-please donate loud jewelry or bright colors to someone in need. Most of all-take time to notice people. Talk to them, pray with them and give some of yourself to them. Visit someone in a Nursing Home and remind them that they matter. Leave this world a better place than how you found it. She did!