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In loving memory of
Cynthia Tinsley Sanchez
  • August 05, 1953
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  • June 18, 2022

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Today we celebrate the life of Cynthia Tinsley Sanchez, a mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend.

Cindy was born on August 5,1953 to Alfred and Ramona Tinsley in Oklahoma City and passed away in Florida on June 18, 2022. Cindy grew up and spent most of her adult life in Oklahoma. She joined the army after high school and following her service received a bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of Central Oklahoma. Cindy spoke four languages, English, Spanish, French, and German and worked for over thirty years as a legal secretary for multiple Oklahoma City law firms before retiring and moving to Florida in 2018 to be with her daughters and grandchildren.

Cindy was a caring, loving, and devoted mother and grandmother. She loved living in Florida with her daughters Amber and Wendy and granddaughter, Jayda. Cindy adored with all her heart & soul her grandchildren, Jayda Rae and Jackson, and she was overjoyed and excited to meet her future great-grandson Elijah who will be born in November.

She lived in the moment nurturing her plants, listening to classic rock music and reggae, and doing crosswords and wordle. She loved reading books about American history, talking baby talk to her grand puppies, and taking road trips with her family. She made many memories with her daughter Amber going to concerts and the horse track. She was fundamental in helping her daughter Wendy create a loving home to raise her granddaughter Jayda. Cindy enjoyed learning about the family history and working on her genealogy research as well as talking with people and checking in on her friends. Always encouraging those she loved to be in the moment and breathe, Cindy made a huge, positive impact on the lives of her family and friends and will be greatly missed.

Cindy was preceded by her father, Alfred Tinsley; her mother, Ramona Wehling; her grandmother, Cleta Tinsley; her brother, Randy Tinsley; her brother, Tom Tinsley; and her niece. Laura Tinsley.

She is survived by her daughters, Amber Thomas, and Wendy Holman; her grandson, Jackson Gordon; her granddaughter, Jayda Holman; her great-grandson Elijah Creek Gordon, her younger sister Gina Zhidov; her brother-in-law, Ivan Zhidov; her nephew, Zane Zhidov; her older sister Sheryl Tinsley and her two brothers Stevie Tinsley and Ingo Karras.

The family held a private memorial at Woodside Park in Melbourne, Florida on Friday, June 24, 2022. Any condolences, plants, or cards for the family can be sent to Baldwin Brothers Funeral Home, 2400 S. Washington Avenue, Titusville, Florida 32780.


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  1. Catherine Black says:
    05 Aug 2022
    I met and worked with Cindy while working in OKC. She truly was one of the coolest ladies I knew and I'm shocked just learning about her passing. Anyone blessed to know her knows she'd want us to live our lives to the fullest while still missing her physical presence. My very deepest sympathy to everyone in her family circle. She now watches over us all. Godspeed dear Friend...

  2. Derek & Becky Gaddy says:
    10 Jul 2022
    We met Cindy in 2019. During our first meeting with her we liked her very much. We liked her cheerfulness, her voice was the sound of happiness! She made us feel like old friends even though we had just met. She was so interesting to talk to. She was open about what mattered to her... family, their pets and plants. Her family was blessed to have her as a guide and friend in their lives. We will miss her and we're very sorry for the immense loss her passing has on her friends & family.

  3. Amber Thomas posted an image:
    06 Jul 2022
    Moms are everything
    Moms are everything

  4. Amber Thomas says:
    06 Jul 2022
    I am going to miss you so much mom. You are a huge piece of my heart and it is forever broken. You were my best friend, and I always came to you when I needed advice or wanted to vent. I simply enjoyed talking to you. I loved going to concerts with you and hanging out with you and getting into fun. All my friends saw you as a second mom, the cool one and I am glad you had a good time hanging out with us too. I will miss your silly dancing and some of your quirky ways, like racing down the highway when one of your horse races was going off at one of your favorite tracks. I loved how you loved Jackson so phenomenally and were there for me to make sure he grew into the wonderful, loving and kind man and human he is now. You were so full of life and were not done living it. Im so sorry you did not get to go to Meridia Mexico or to Scotland to see where those 1000 years of lineage and genealogy came from. Im sorry your life was cut short, and that makes me sad. I know you would have done so much more and I was looking forward to living with you and taking care of you in our older years. Im sorry and sad you had to go. But please know, I will go to Mexico and I will go to Scotland, and I will take you with me in spirit and we will enjoy it together. Ill always love you mom and Ill always miss you. I hope you are happy , and calm and resting peacefully. Until our spirits meet again.

  5. Janis Hughes says:
    29 Jun 2022
    Cindy was my cousin. I only got to know her a few years ago when she lived in Chickasha, Oklahoma. I thought she was a sweet person, very thoughtful, kind, loving to her family and friends. Too bad we didn't see each other more when we were younger.
    Her life took her to many places beyond mine. I heard from my mom she spoke many languages, and I think, worked as a translator. She had a busy life!!
    Condolences to Cindy's family and friends. She'll be missed by us all.

  6. Bruce Waldman says:
    29 Jun 2022
    Cindy was a loving, caring and devoted Mom and good friend. We had many conversations. Very smart too. She had a great relationship. Sadly I never did met her. Best regards, Bruce Waldman

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    29 Jun 2022
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  8. Laura H says:
    28 Jun 2022
    Cindy was unlike anyone I’ve ever known. As a young teenager I was in awe of her ability to speak multiple languages and her eclectic interests. She welcomed me into her home many days and nights, never complaining about me being there and treated me like one of her own. I loved being at her home, she loved her daughters and created a safe and loving space for them. She was the first adult to validate my doubts about organized religion. She opened my world view and inspired me to be aware of social issues. I looked up to her and learned from her. I am so thankful that I had the chance to know her. Sending all of my love to Florida.

  9. Inez Murphy says:
    28 Jun 2022
    Sending my condolences

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