OBITUARY

Cynthia E Mills

27 December, 194819 July, 2020

Cynthia Eloise (Rael, Randall) Mills born December 27th, 1948 to Joseph Henry (Hank) and Rose Marie Rael, died on July 19th, 2020 after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in March 2020. Cindy is survived by her son, James (Alisha) Randall; grandchildren Michaela (Alex), Larissa and Xy Randall, Geoffrey (Cassandra) Rael, Andrew (Alexsis) Canaan; great grandchildren Alexander and Alessandra Canaan; sister Carla Rael; nephew Benjamin Rael; great nephew and niece Benjamin Jr, Serrina, and Skylet Rael. Cindy was preceded in death by her daughter, Alesandra Rael; her parents Joseph Henry and Rose Marie Rael; and her guide dogs Sam and Kemo. As a child, Cindy was diagnosed with Uveitis. Uveitis occurs when the middle layer of the eyeball gets inflamed. This layer, called the uvea, has many blood vessels that nourish the eye. Uveitis can damage vital eye tissue, leading to permanent vision loss. Cindy was legally blind by the time she was 19 years old and had prosthetic eyes by the age of 27. The loss of her vision never slowed her down. Cindy graduated with honors from Loretto Heights college in Denver, Colorado with her BA in Counseling and she went on to earn her master’s degree in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling at University of Northern Colorado in Gunnison. She worked at the college, formerly known as University of Southern Colorado, as a vocational rehab counselor and worked for the Mexican American Service Agency (MASA.) Cindy became a member of the Baha’i Faith in 1976. She served on the local Spiritual Assembly until her recent illness made it impossible. She was a talented singer, musician, teacher, jewelry maker, dancer, poet, and storyteller. She was a very social person and was a member of many groups through the years. She belonged to the Society of Creative Anachronism, where she was recognized as an excellent seamstress with the ability to produce historically accurate costumes. She also won awards for her fencing ability: Premier Defender of the Silver Tyne, Order of the Argent Heart, Order of the Stags Heart, and many others. Cindy was part of the Grandmother’s Council and a Native American Shaman. She was an elder in the New Dream Foundation community as well as a ceremonialist in Women’s Water bowl tradition. She was a gifted spiritual counselor, a Reiki Master/teacher, and a shamanic counselor in the Q’ero Inca Tradition. Cindy belonged to Alpha Mu Delta, a fraternal organization that promotes higher appreciation of art, music, and drama, and it lends support to talented performers and artists and to encourage local talent. Cindy was not just a daughter, sister, mother, aunt, and grandmother. She was like a bright jewel with many facets that the family may be unaware of. Please share your memories, stories, and pictures with us through this online memorial. The family thanks you all for your thoughts, prayers, flowers, and kind words.

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  • Graveside Service

    Friday, 24 July , 2020

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Marie Johnson

8 August 2020

I actually have notebooks filled with her wisdom over the years- everything you need to know about how to get over being sick or depression or menopause or womanly times -oils and herbs ,fighting with people ,communication ,chakras, different types of reiki and healing modalities -anything you could think of ,child rearing ,dirty jokes- you needed a notebook. She also supported my business and had me always fixing up something for her or making something for her or setting her up for gifts for her family during the holidays- I was very very busy. She recognized that I was a Finder and would call me up looking for her nose ring, and being blind, you know that's a bit of a challenge for her to find stuff like that but she knew that she called me that I can get a sense for where it was and she would go hunting and then we would chat for three hours after she found her nose ring. And let me tell you for someone who was blind boy she let nothing stop her! she should totally be on one of those posters that says handy abled! She was truly amazing! This has been a lot harder then maybe it could have been because my own mother was not there to do some of these very important things for me and she took over for that ,so this is a very very much like losing my own mother especially since my own mother was a very different experience when she passed because she hurt me and did some things that made it more of a relief than grief. Cindy was family to me and I loved her so much. My Emotional Support Child says that she's in my heart and that she'll always be with me... because she's awesome. she reminds me of the saying Cindy always used-" I love it when they're Bright and pay attention!"

Marie Johnson

8 August 2020

I first met Cindy at a full moon water bowl ceremony and her home and I had no idea what that was I just knew I needed to be there. Then I was asking her to teach me reiki which I also did not know anything about ,I just knew I needed to learn it. Over the past 8 years Cindy went from being my teacher teaching me everything about reiki and chakras and what it meant to be an Inca shaman and so so so very much more. She became my friend ,-and she was gold. The very best. She would dish it to you straight if you were out of line and she would love you and she was fun, like she had the most fun little giggle -boy talk about wit ! Oh, she had some zingers... she keeps you rolling and she could get sick and twisted -she was all kinds of fun! She was crazy smart too -she was a true wise woman. She stepped in as my mother when I was giving birth to the kids or I needed advice breastfeeding , and what was normal and okay? ...and when my daughter hurt her foot and the hospital traumatized us way worse... She was there to help us heal on so many levels. She self proclaimed herself a grandma-type for my children. She would tell me all about her belly dancing days and we went to beltania and went camping and she helped me with my business. She told the very best stories- she was an absolute true native American storyteller. Everytime time I was with her it was just like going into Walmart and you you are stupid that day and decided you did not need a shopping cart that you were just there for a couple things and then decided 6 armloads later that that was a very bad idea and you absolutely need a shopping cart...so with Cindy it was you needed a notebook you needed to bring a notebook even if it was just a visit . You needed a notebook because you were about to be schooled and you never knew how or what subject but it was important and you needed to be taking notes. So I always rued the days that I forgot to bring a notebook!

Linda Veltri

25 July 2020

Cindy first became part of my memories when I had James at Spann (I remember the gullies and Spaghetti' Os. Then I also had an interesting year with Geoff and made friends with Ben and Serrina. Her parents I knew from church. There are some people who touch your life and you forget. Cindy and her family were not them. I hope your loss is barrable and know that I am thinking of you'

Susan Welty

25 July 2020

I met Ximena in the SCA when my family was in the doldrums and searching for a creative avenue. She immediately took us under her wing.

She was an inspiration and a mentor to so many. She taught me to drum and to find my inner dancer, always encouraging and supporting me.

She was a woman of all trades. I marveled at her ability to sew, fence, and participate in archery.

Her enthusiasm and laugh was infectious. I remember many a “ Bad Poetry Night” with our group, rolling on the floor laughing, tears running down our faces.

So many memories.

The years passed. She was the kind of friend that you might see only rarely, but it was as if time had not passed at all.

Ah, Ximena. You were a dear friend. I miss you.

Sherry Weston-Vigil

24 July 2020

Cindy and I met in 1976 when she put out an ad for a reader. Pre-technology! But our spiritual journeys and interest in culture and wholistic healing and foodiness anchored a lifelong friendship. My best friend was an inspiration and her wisdom and generosity will remain in my heart forever.

David Sierra

24 July 2020

I met Cindy a little over 25 years ago while I was living in Pueblo and was a member of the Baha’I faith. Through the years, not only was she my friend, but also a confidant, counselor, advisor, mother figure, the sister I never had, among many other roles. She was a true polymath, having learned much over her lifetime, with knowledge spanning a myriad of subjects. I’ll miss our 2 hour plus phone calls, where we spoke of everything and anything.

We always remained in touch over the years, despite the distance that separated us. We shared many memories and often confided in each other about the current status of our lives and that of those we loved. She was always loving and kind, but when you needed to hear the truth about situations you did not want to face or handle, she was also there to “set you straight” and provide you with advice and guidance.

Cindy was a light in my family’s life when we faced trouble times and/or rough weather, as well as during times of celebration and joy. It is hard to fight the tears, as I write this, but they are tears of sorrow for myself because I will terribly miss her. However, I know that she is watching over all of us and that brings me comfort.

My deepest condolences to the family. I can only imagine how you all feel. I feel your loss and will mourn her passing alongside with you.

With much love

David P. Sierra

Serena Padilla

24 July 2020

Cynthia- Lady Ximena- was so much a part of my life as I grew up, I feel like I've lost a grandmother. She taught me humility, kindness, faith in the unknown, and joy, and it seems impossible that I'll never hear her laugh again. To her family: she was so loved, by so many people. There are no words to express condolences.

And somehow I think, if anyone has ever taught me how to sit beside my grief and begin to heal, it was her.

May the Great Spirit watch over you, and may you be at peace

Nancy Grant

23 July 2020

Cindy will be greatly missed by me and all my Alpha Mu Delta sisters. I still think about her AMD programs on drumming and the didgeridoo. For me, I will remember her as a creative woman who found joy in sharing her many gifts.
Nancy Grant

sister maryagnes leonard

22 July 2020

Dearest Family of Cindy--I carry your hearts; I carry them in my heart,... and prayer and light. Cindy was an extraordinary, joyous, gentle and generous soul who changed the lives of all who had the privilege to be with her, I did through Shirley Brinks, her kindred angelspirit and will always treasure and draw strength from her memory,... from her ability to endure and embrace in grace each moment she spent in this "reality". The stars are brighter in the sky now that she joins them; we count on her example to help us and our world grow in peace, delight, love. Thank you, Cindy, for your glorious moments with us.

Joni Ayler

22 July 2020

Cindy was and still is such an inspiration to me. She always made time for everyone and was happy to give advice when requested. She was very wise and kind. I loved her giggle and her way of viewing life. I will miss her but she was always be with me when I feel the wind in my face.

FROM THE FAMILY

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