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BLOOMINGTON — Cynthia J. "Cindy" Cumpston, 55, of Bloomington, died at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday (Dec. 13, 2005) at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Kibler-Smith Memorial Home, Bloomington.–The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Trinity Lutheran Church. Friends may call at the church from 10 a.m. until time of service.–The Rev. Thomas Wirsing will officiate.–Interment will be at Park Hill Cemetery, Bloomington.

Memorials may be made to Heartland Head Start, 206 Stillwell, Bloomington, IL 61701, attn: Karen Hill; or to the Community Cancer Center, 407 E. Vernon Ave., Normal, IL 61761; or to the Trinity Lutheran Church, 801 S. Madison St., Bloomington, IL 61701, in her memory.

Cindy was born June 15, 1950, in Decatur, a daughter of Claude W. and Edna Niederbach Harris.

She grew up in Decatur and came to Normal as a student at Illinois State University, where she majored in elementary education and graduated in 1972.–After graduation, Cindy stayed in Bloomington-Normal and began working and teaching at the Bloomington Daycare Center, where she remained for 12 years.

She went on to join the Heartland Head Start and spent the last 18 years there.–Cindy had also been a home-based teacher through Head Start and traveled throughout McLean and Livingston counties educating children in their homes.–Most recently, she was the education manager for Heartland Head Start.–She was certified through the Child Development Association, was a member of the McLean County Association for Educating Young Children and an officer and editor for the association; and was a member of the CCRRN Director's Group.

Cindy devoted a major part of her life to working with and educating children in Bloomington-Normal and McLean County.–Additionally, she was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Bloomington, becoming involved in many activities there and working with the music and youth programs.

Cindy married Stephen Cumpston May 7, 1976, in Hillsboro. He survives.

In addition to her husband, Cindy is survived by two sons, Jason (Nicole Gresham) Cumpston of Wapella and Adam Cumpston, also of Wapella; two grandchildren, Hunter and Harleigh Cumpston of Wapella; a sister, Carol (Dan) Perry of Highland; her mother and father in-law, Warren (Shirley) Cumpston of Bloomington; and an extended family of brother and sister in-laws, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her parents, grandparents and two brothers, Bill and Chuck Harris.

Cindy was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother and had many friends who loved her.–She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

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