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Cynthia Minyard Waite

August 7, 1951 ~ May 8, 2018 (age 66)

Cynthia Kay Waite, beloved wife of Ned George Waite, passed away peacefully at age 66 on May 8, 2018, in American Fork, Utah, with her family at her side.  We will miss her, but we know that she is having a beautiful and joyful reunion with her father Ernest L. (Poppy) Minyard.  She is now at peace.  We thank all who cared for her at Bel Aire Senior Living Center.

Cindy Kay, was born in Amarillo, Texas to Ernest and Ruth Minyard on August 7, 1951, as the youngest child.  She grew up in Corpus Christi, Texas until she met and married her husband Ned G. Waite.  They soon joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and were sealed for time and all eternity in the Provo Utah Temple.  Ned and Cindy were lovingly devoted to each other for 46 years. 

Ned and Cindy raised two children Bryan Robert and Amy Sue.  Bryan was born when Ned and Cindy were living in Provo, Utah attending school and later, after transferring to Austin, Texas, Amy Sue joined the family.  The Waite’s lived in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Saudi Arabia and finally Alpine, Utah.  Cindy was the grandmother (Nana) to 6 loving grandchildren, Mckinley, Owen, Lily, Sophia, Colin and Dylan.

Being raised in Corpus Christi, Cindy loved all things Texas.  Bluebonnets, Bluebell Ice Cream and Nancy Griffith always reminded her of home.  One of her favorite places to visit was the family cabin in Colorado.  She enjoyed hiking up the mountain stream, accompanying Ned while fly fishing.  The family enjoyed spending time skiing at Purgatory Ski Resort which was near the family cabin.  Some of Cindy’s past times included playing the piano, cross stitching, sewing, designing her own jewelry, making Pysanky Eggs, as well as making the family favorite ‘Mom’s famous chocolate chip cookies’. 

Cindy served faithfully in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in various callings.  One of her early church callings was Primary President in Orem, Utah.  At the time Ned and Cindy didn’t own a car and had two motorcycles as their modes of transportation.  She would ride her motorcycle to primary, which was held during the week, only to find the children standing outside waiting to see Sister Waite ride up on her motorcycle.  She would also drive this motorcycle to the Provo Utah Temple where she worked.  Among her many church callings Cindy served as Den Mother, Primary President, Relief Society President and as a faithful Visiting Teacher.

Cindy and Ned lived in Saudi Arabia for 20 years.  There she found passions in scuba diving, camping in the desert, shoofing (looking) for ancient arrow heads and artifacts, and visiting the local villages.  Other activities she enjoyed were western line dancing, crafts, and the travel associated with the expatriate life we lived.

Cindy was preceded in death by her father Ernest Minyard and survived by her husband Ned, her children Bryan (Katrina) Waite, Amy (Brett) Rogers, her grandchildren Mckinley, Owen, Lily, Sophia, Colin and Dylan, her mother Ruth Minyard, her sister Sharon (Dan) McNeil, and her brother Gary Minyard.

A viewing will be held Tuesday, May 15, 2018 from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. at Olpin Family Mortuary, 494 South 300 East, Pleasant Grove, Utah.  Interment will follow at 7:00 p.m. in Alpine City Cemetery, 405 North Grove Drive.

A memorial celebration will be held June 16, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. in her honor at the Mountainville 5th Ward chapel (High Bench chapel) 910 South High Bench Road, Alpine, Utah. 

All are welcome to join the family at both the viewing and memorial celebration.

At Cindy’s request, in lieu of flowers, please make donations to The Wounded Warrior Project.

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