Cindy Lu Rivers Colwell
(1953 - 2014)

Cindy Lu Rivers Colwell

September 2, 1953

March 4, 2014

This site is dedicated to our beloved Cindy Lu Who
Cindy Lu Rivers was born on one of the hottest late summer days to Betty (Correll) and Vern Rivers. She was their first child together. Cindy has two older sisters Beverly Ann (Rivers) Goodnight and Donna (Gist) Melson. Two more sisters followed, Toni Jo and Tina Su.

Cindy was a happy child that loved to play outdoors. She was generous and kind to other people and animals. Everyone that knew Cindy was aware of her love of dogs. She had many of her own over the course of her life and looked for ways to help other animals.

Cindy had a wanderlust and her family knew her to always "have one foot on the road". Cindy was a hippie at heart and would have hitchhiked across the country if she could. She had a unrequited wish to see Stonehenge.

Cindy made a home with her husband, Bill, and the many dogs that she loved and nurtured over the years. She seemed to be happiest when her home was a hub of activity. She enjoyed socializing with friends and family. She opened her home many times to help people out.
Cindy was a vivacious and exuberant person whose star shone too shortly. We will miss her voice, mannerisms & gestures, and those things that made Cindy herself.

For burial information see bottom of memorial

Family Remembrance / Thought
William / Bill / Bo (husband & coconspirator)
The happiest accident of my life happened to my best friend Dave. When the apartment upstairs had a fire the resulting flood water forced him to move into a different building. A few weeks later some really nice girls moved in upstairs and in short order found there way to Dave’s place. There on my best friend’s couch I ran into my love. You never know how you will meet that someone. Time, distance & death separated us from the friend who introduced us. Now I am separated from another friend. Both these friends supported me along my path I will miss them always. My only regret is to have been a better friend to both.

Like the canine companions we cherished Cindy’s spirit was like a candle which burned brightly, but, for far too short a time. Farewell, my love…

Toni Rivers (sister)
When we were little Cindy and I shared a bed. I was fussy one night and she asked me what was wrong. I told her I was scared something was in the closet and it was going to come out and get us. She put her arm around me and made me feel better. I thank God I had Cindy for my sister.

Tina Rivers (sister)
Cindy loved to go to the casinos. Between bright, flashing lights and Cindy's excitement she seemed, to me, like a kid on Christmas morning. I have known Cindy my whole life and will miss her the rest of it.

Ann & Bill Colwell (mother & father-in-law)
Cindy became a daughter in our family just as we had lost another. And obviously one person cannot replace another but it was a great comfort to have her in our family.

Geoff Colwell (brother-in-law)
Cindy got me, a couple of her sisters, and a cousin to participate in "Hands Across America". I found myself standing in rural Indiana awaiting the moment I would, ever so shortly, hold hands with the two people next to me. I am not one to do that kind of thing but because of her I have this strange claim to fame.

Linda Caraboa Colwell (sister-in-law)
We would probably have never met if we hadn't chosen brothers. But we did and we became sisters, by marriage. Like any good sibling relationship, we fussed and bickered, but mostly, we just laughed and laughed. And we grew to love each other. I hate that you are gone, miss you already, but am so happy that your pain is over. It has been a difficult five months. Sleep peacefully Cindy.

Burial information
Cindy has been cremated and a ceremony for the burial of her ashes is currently pending. At Cindy's request she will join over 200 years of William, III's maternal family, the Jeffries, in the Colwell family plot at the Roachdale Cemetery, Roachdale, Putnam County, IN. There will be a celebration of Cindy's life at the time of the internment, sometime later this year. The sister-in-law, Carol, that she did not get to know in this life awaits her there. Information about the date and time of the ceremony will be placed here when determined.

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Geoffrey Colwell
March 5th, 2014
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"I have good memories of Cindy and her friendly smile. She will be missed."
Michael Jeffries
May 16th, 2014


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