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Lucinda (Cindy) Gillespie (1973-2018)

Cindy Gillespie

A new star shone brightly over Caldwell Field at Mt. Blue High School on the evening of Friday, Oct. 5, 2018. That brilliant star was Cindy Gillespie who ended her battle with cancer earlier that morning. She rarely missed her sons' football games, and that night was no exception as she cheered on her boys from the heavens.

Cindy's story starts on May 23, 1973, youngest daughter of Patricia and Michael Moody, and Denis Dalrymple. Cindy spent her childhood in Farmington growing up alongside her sister, Missy, ice-skating at Hippach Field, swimming at Dummer's Beach, and making life long friends in the process. Cindy was known for her spunky personality and contagious smile.

Her high school years brought new adventures when she moved with her mother, Patricia and stepfather, Michael to Bowdoin. She attended Mt. Ararat High School, graduating in 1991. It was here she met her best friend for life, Charlene.

The births of Cindy's two boys, Ian and Eben Barker, changed her life forever. A devoted mother, her boys were her whole world. Cindy made sure they arrived on time at every football game, baseball game, and wrestling match. As a dedicated Cougar mom, she volunteered at games, participated in fund raising, and even supplied her popular "Cosmic Brownies" at the Cougar Den. Cindy sought to instill in her children a zest for life, a commitment to family and friends, and the power of a smile.

Cindy married her husband, Mark Gillespie, on March 25, 2012. She and Mark traveled to Las Vegas for the trip of a lifetime. The couple bought a home in New Sharon and enjoyed spending time with family. They were avid supporters of their boys' sports teams, and could be found on the sidelines at every game. Thanks to Mark's son, Collin and his wife, Rebecca, and Mark's daughter Roseanna and her husband, Justin, Cindy and Mark welcomed 3 grandchildren into the world. Carter, Lila, and Lucas held a special place in Cindy's heart.

Cindy's career, spanning well over 20 years, was mostly spent in the Maine District Court system. As an associate clerk, she worked in several offices in western Maine, including Farmington, Augusta, and Skowhegan. Cindy was well loved and respected by her co-workers.

Cindy is survived by her sons, Ian and Eben Barker; her husband, Mark Gillespie and her stepchildren, Collin Gillespie and Roseanna Binette; her parents, Michael and Patricia Moody, and Denis Dalrymple; sister, Melissa Underwood; maternal grandmother, Shirley Witherell; and many loving half sisters, half brother, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandchildren.

A celebration of Cindy's life will be held on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018 at 11 a.m. at the North Baptist Church, 1881 Hallowell Road, Litchfield, Maine. Please bring a heart shaped rock to symbolize your love for Cindy. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation payable to the Cindy Gillespie Memorial Fund c/o Charlene Roberts through TD Bank at 35 Elm Street, Brunswick, Maine 04011. All donations will be used to help Cindy's boys with future expenses.

The family asks that you spend time with your children, walk on the beach with your loved ones, make a toast to enduring friendships, and most of all, smile. Cindy would have liked that.

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  1. To all of Cindy's Family: My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this very sad time. Cindy was a very special friend and will be sadly missed.
    To Ian and Eben: My heart breaks for you boys, losing your Mom at such a young age. She would want you to carry on with life, embracing it to the fullest. She loved you so much. Keep your memories of her close to your hearts and remember she will be with you every step you take from here on out. Hugs to you both.

  2. My deepest sympathy goes out to all of Cindy’s family. Cindy was a champ and so courageous in her battle with cancer. Her dedication to being the best Mom ever to her boys will always be remembered. We will miss you and you will always have a place in our hearts. You are now a shining star in the heavens above.

  3. Most of my memories of Cinfy are as a girl. How could anyone forget such a wonderful person. A most precious gift on this Earth, truly. Hugs to her family and friends in this difficult time.

  4. You were one of a kind and I'm so thankful for our childhood memories. My heart breaks for your family! You RIP sweet Cindy and I can't wait to see your smile again. I love You!

  5. To Cindy’s Family so sorry for your loss. My condolences to you all.

  6. ❣️ My dear friends, Linda and Phil Coolidge -
    and the rest of Cindy’s family, most of whom I do not know, please accept my sincerest condolences for your loss of this beautiful soul who was apparently loved by everyone who knew her. What a lovely tribute to her character was the obituary! Oh that each of us could have those accolades of love and praise when our time on earth is finished! Rest sweetly dear Cindy. And many blessings to your family.

  7. Cindy sure did have a beautiful smile. Her love for her boys was always evident.
    Our thoughts go out to her boys, and the rest of her family.

  8. This is a lovely write up of Cindy, and my heart keeps getting broken on this each day. What a special, loving spirit.

  9. Our sincere condolences to Cindy's family, the only ones I really knew was Pat, Denis and Shirley. Such a pretty lady and such a tremendous lose for her family. Rest in Peace.

  10. Ian, Eben, and Mark, so sad to hear this news. Your mom must have been an amazing woman to raise such wonderful kids.

  11. I still cannot come to grips with your passing . 😥😢😢😢
    I worked with her on and off for 14 years. She was always bubbly, upbeat and was a tremendous amount of help to me. I use to rotate to so many courts that it took a while before I got the drill down. All I had to do is look at her if I got lost and she would nod and I would know what I needed to do.
    I'm going to miss you like crazy my friend, I was so much looking forward to having you and your family down here during school vacation in April. I am going to reach out to family members and try to have that family vacation still take place.
    I'm so so freaking sorry my friend 😠😞😭😭😭
    Like everyone is saying, the brightest star in the sky is you. Love you always,
    Lloyd Perkins

  12. Missy, Pat, Mike, Shirley, Ian, Eben, Mark and Denis, I am so sorry for your it loss...My heart breaks for all of you, she was a beautiful lady.. RIP Cindy

  13. Working for years with Cindy through the legal system, one got to see just how special she really was. I cannot imagine her family going through life without her, knowing how heavy my own heart is. You were one of those friends that it didn't matter how often you saw them, you always made them feel special. You truly are a special angel my friend. Until we meet again, I will always love you. My condolences to the entire family. I am truly sorry for your loss.

  14. Too young, so sad. I'm so sorry is not enough.

  15. Will miss her much. Was always a buoyant but professional presence at the local Court offices where our paths crossed frequently.

    Condolences to the entire family including long time personal friends Denis and Pat.

  16. Sincere condolences to Eben, Ian, Mark, Pat, Mike, Dennis, and Missy. Cindy's love for her family, especially her boys, was evident during these last nine months. A life taken way too soon. I will miss your smile and conversation. Thank you for your 19 years of service at the Franklin County Courts.
    You made many friends along the way. You did it your way, gf. Hugs.

  17. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Mark,Ian and Eben, Cindy was a wonderful part of our Wrestling family for many years. Always positive, supportive and respectable.YOU WILL BE MISSED 💔

  18. So very sorry to hear another has lost their life to cancer. My deepest sincere thought and love from my heart to the family and friends of Cindy. I too am a victim of cancer along with so many more. Prayers for healing dear family.. Please remember you are never alone💝

  19. Cindy was a very special young lady and we will miss her terribly.

  20. Dear Mike,
    Pat and family:

    Walter and I extend our sincere condolences on the loss of your beloved daughter, Cindy. Please be comforted by the many who love and support you and family during this most difficult time.

    Walter and Lorna Ulmer

  21. So sorry for the loss of your daughter Patty, my thoughts and prayers are with you. 💝