Lucinda Joyce Minky | obituary

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Lucinda Joyce Minke of Sale passed from this life to eternal life with our Lord Jesus Christ on April 1, 2022. She has battled aphasia and dementia for five years. Cindy, as we all know her, was born on February 19, 1950, in Spokane, Washington, to Frederick and Irma Minke. I grew up on the family’s wheat farm near Wilbur, Washington. Cindy was nine years old when her father passed away, leaving behind her mother, sister and soon-to-be brother. She helped raise her baby brother, Fred, and took care of him. She was sharing the memories of those beautiful times and looking at her happily.

Cindy enrolled at Gonzaga University in the hopes of becoming a doctor. She earned her bachelor’s degree in biology from Gonzaga in 1972, then spent a semester at the University of Hawaii studying for her master’s degree in genetics. Little did she know that she had found her passion and long career until she joined Central Washington State College of Medical Technology. Cindy was assigned to Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital in 1977 where she worked in the lab in hematology, and retired as a superintendent of hematology in 2015. She loved everyone in the lab like her family and influenced many people’s lives.

In 1979 her mother moved to Yakima to live with her, and they settled in Sale, Washington. Cindy decided to have a baby via IVF, a new idea for the working woman of that day. In 1982 her daughter Caroline was born. She was a devoted, patient, loving and amazing mother. Cindy and her mother, Irma, raised Carrie with love and strength.

Cindy had many interests during her life. She loved history and religion. She was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church and attended many years of the Bible Study Fellowship. Cindy was a family historian, writing family stories told by her mother and aunts. I learned to spin and weave wool and enjoyed knitting. She loved to sew and sew, making shirts for herself and quilting for all of her family. I dealt with growing vegetables and raising chickens. Her love for the ocean ran deep, and she adored vacationing in Hawaii and Cannon Beach.

Survivors include daughter Caroline “Carrie” and her husband Kurt Rosenkranz and granddaughters Healy and Natalie of Selah, brother Frederick Mink and wife Carla of Kennewick, nephew David Skinner of Spokane, and nieces Melinda (Eric-Camden and Audrey) Shimizu of Cortland, New York, Irene (Anthony) – Holly and Ivy) Adams from Richland, Katie (Chris-Cassie) Soares of Everett, nephews Patrick Mink and Jonathan Mink of Kennewick, niece Leslie Skinner of Spokane, great-grandson of Justin (Abigail) Skinner of Spokane and great-granddaughter Tila (Ryan) Reierson of Superior, Wisconsin. She was preceded in death by her father, Fred, mother, Irma, and her sister, Ray-Ann.

A visit to Cindy will take place on Monday, April 18, 2022 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Keith & Keith Funeral Home, 902 W Yakima Ave. Christian burial service will take place at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, April 19, 2022, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, in Sale, Washington. Rest services will be at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 20, 2022 at Wilbur Cemetery in Wilbur, Washington. Everyone is welcome. The Keith & Keith Funeral Home is responsible for funeral arrangements.


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