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Cynthia (Cindy) Lynn Gilfillan
Cynthia (Cindy) Lynn GilfillanYellowRoseCynthia (Cindy) Lynn Gilfillan, 64, died Thursday morning January 11, 2024, surrounded by her sister, Judy, her loving canine nephew, Lance, and her hospice nurse, Mary Dale.

Cindy was born in Chillicothe, February 12, 1959, to the late Dwane and Martha (Curtis) Gilfillan.

She is survived by a sister, Judy (Johnny) Regula of Ostrander, canine nephew, Lance, niece, Angi (Chad) Moon, great niece, Rhyanna (Ryan) Auer and children, Aeryn and Gene, great niece, Hayley (Elvin) Sawyer and child, Miles and Mason on the way, great nephews, Connor Wagner, Jacob Orzechowski and Zachary Orzechowski.  She was preceded in death by nephew, Jeff Orzechowski.

Cindy graduated from Jackson Center High School in 1977. While at JC, she played volleyball and basketball, of which she still has one or two standing records for her basketball skills. After graduation she worked at Holloway Sportswear.

In early 1980, she was in a horrific car accident which left her permanently disabled. For the next 33 years she was cared for by her parents and family. In 2013 she began living at The Springfield Masonic Community. While living with her parents and then at the Masonic Home, you could see her laying out in the sun. She always would wave with a huge smile on her face and say HI to all who spotted her. Funny thing is she didn't know who she was speaking to as she couldn't see without her glasses on. She loved sports, especially her beloved Dallas Cowboys and Notre Dame. She absolutely loved her canine nephew, Lance. Lance would always visit her and the other residents in the nursing home.

Cindy ALWAYS had a smile on her face whether she was in pain or not. She loved life as it came. She loved all her friends at the nursing home and touched many, many lives with her strength and fortitude. She very seldom ever complained. If she asked for anything she would say "I'm sorry" followed by "Thank You". Cindy's hobby was collecting owls. The nursing home along with Affinity surprised Cindy with a visit in her room from a live screech owl in September, 2023.  She was speechless. Cindy enjoyed going to church every Sunday, concerts, fireworks, family outings, traveling, and being the maid of honor at her sister's wedding. Cindy never met a stranger.

We would like to thank all the visitors she has had over the ten years being at the nursing home. She received so many cards and letters which really brightened up her spirits. She was never depressed or sad about her life. She had several "special" friends that helped to make her life full of laughter. Special thanks to Matthew and cousin, Debbie.
Cindy and Judy would like to thank from the bottom of their hearts the care and love received from the Masonic Community and The Affinity Hospice Group.

Services will be held at The Springfield Masonic Community chapel on Saturday, January 20, 2024, at 2:00 pm. Address is: 2655 W. National Rd, York Rite Building, Springfield, Ohio 45504.

Memorial contributions may be made to Masonic Community in Springfield, Ohio or Affinity Care, 7681 Tylers Place Blvd., Ste. 3, West Chester, Ohio 45069

The Stofcheck-Ballinger Funeral Home in Richwood is assisting the family.

Condolences and remembrances may be expressed at www.stofcheck-ballinger.com.

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#1 from: Joan Hartless
Springfield, Oh
Sat, Jan 13, 2024 at 8:20 PM

Oh sweet Cindy, Tyler & I miss you so much already! I remember the first time I met Cindy, She was outside of the York Rite building the day of my interview, soaking up the sun as she always was! I had to ask my husband if she was usually outside that long (I was there a good few hours). Im so thankful my supervisors placed me on her floor as these last 6 months we discovered we had a mutual love of various things and that she loved Jelly Roll and Lainey Wilson as much as I did.. If you’ve ever hung around the dining room long enough you’d catch her singing his songs every time he came on the radio! My husband started working at SMC before I did and oh did she adored Tyler and would always light up as soon as she seen him. One of my absolute favorite things Cindy did everyday was making sure she stopped all of us before we left for the day to tell us she loved us and to “be safe going home, come back to me in one piece”.. Judy we’re all keeping your family in our prayers in this time and I honestly cant thank you enough for sharing Cindy with all of us at smc. She’s forever our sunshine!

#2 from: Dolla Nawman
Sun, Jan 14, 2024 at 12:37 PM

Cindy will be sadly missed, by the residents and staff. Sending Prayers and Thoughts to the family and friends of Cindy. R.I.P.

#3 from: Dave and Deb Tevis Clayton
Marion, Ohio
Sun, Jan 14, 2024 at 2:37 PM

Judy, Johnny and Families... We are so sorry for the loss of your sister, Cindy. She sounds like she had a special soul who enjoyed the sun, owls, and especially the kind Staff at The Springfield Masonic Community... Sending you prayers as you gather. 🙏 Dave and Deb Tevis Clayton

#4 from: Marty and TeresaMarkham
Sun, Jan 14, 2024 at 7:33 PM

Johnny and Judy Sorry to hear about your sister Cindy. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Marty and Teresa Markham

#5 from: Sam J. Foos
Sun, Jan 14, 2024 at 11:27 PM

Dear Judy and Johnnie It has been 2years since you honor my family at my wife's funeral and I pray God will comfort you as you part with your loved one. I have to believe that  death is not the worst thing to happen to us, your sister has just moved on to something we have yet to experience. God bless

#6 from: Gail DeGood-Guy & Tom Guy
Richwood, Ohio
Mon, Jan 15, 2024 at 7:45 AM

Judy and family.  We are so sorry to hear about the loss of your sister.  May God watch over all during this most difficult time.  

#7 from: William Moore
Mon, Jan 15, 2024 at 8:32 AM

Cindy served as an inspiration to her family.  She taught us that no obstacle was too difficult to overcome and to live life to the fullest.  She always greeted you with a big smile and made you feel special.  Her spirit will always be a reminder how to approach life!  RSP

#8 from: Larry Gilfillan
Clayton, Indiana
Mon, Jan 15, 2024 at 10:17 AM

Cindy was such an uplifting person at family reunions and visits to see her. She was always so happy to see visitors. Her happy spirit will be missed.

#9 from: Fred Smith
Mon, Jan 15, 2024 at 11:27 AM

My condolences to the family god bless

#10 from: Betty Hingston
Wed, Jan 17, 2024 at 11:11 AM

Cindy was the nice person I have every meet, always happy all the time. She will be miss.

#11 from: Pat Krebehenne and family
Wed, Jan 17, 2024 at 3:23 PM

Love and prayers to your family . I am so glad you had her closer for a time so you could spend time with her. I am sure it was comforting for all of you. Your faith family and friends will get you through this difficult time. Sincerely

#12 from: joni regula
Delaware, Ohio
Wed, Jan 17, 2024 at 11:13 PM

She was a part of the 1976 dream team, that undefeated regular season.  I have great memories of those basketball games, where Cindy was a big star. Her attitude after her accident, her appreciation of life is a huge lesson for all of us.  To Judy, her devoted sister, my sympathy for your loss.  Hugs.

#13 from: Gloria Williams
Franklin, OH
Thu, Jan 18, 2024 at 9:25 AM

Dear Judy and Family, I am so sorry for your loss of Cindy.  I met her only once, but she was gifted with such an incredible spirit that she immediately made me feel more like family than stranger.  Lee loved her dearly and after meeting her, I understood why. My prayers are with you as you find your way without her. There is sadness for her loss, but joy that she is free from her burdens and now in the arms of Christ. May God give you peace. My heart to yours, Gloria

#14 from: Linda Taylor
Fri, Jan 19, 2024 at 7:51 PM

Cindy was the kind of person who made you feel good because she was genuinely happy to see you and she showed it. She liked animal crackers, but not chocolate. She was always concerned about other people. She intentionally kept herself slim so no one would get hurt lifting her. The last time I saw her she asked me to uncover her legs in the sun so she could keep them tanned! All of us cousins knew Cindy was a special soul and she was absolutely adored by her Grandpa and Grandma Gilfillan. What a positive impact she had on everyone she met. She is now well and walking with Jesus in the sunshine.

#15 from: Merrill & Bev Staley
West Mansfield
Sun, Jan 21, 2024 at 11:17 PM

Judy & Johnny~~So sorry for your loss;thinking of you and keeping you close in thoughts and prayers. Seems as though Cindy took the true negatives of her life and chose to live with a strong sense of positivity. Your life undoubtedly reflected a life of love...🙏💞🙏

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