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Cynthia (Blackburn) Whitson

June 19, 1958 ~ March 12, 2017

Cindy's mission in life was to help others. She passed away peacefully, quickly, and with dignity after a hard fought battle with cancer. She will be sorely missed by so many who called her their best friend.

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She is preceded in her transition to eternal peace by her mother, Pat Blackburn of Huffman, TX, her father, Dick Blackburn, as well as her grandparents, Art and Sally Brennan of Winona, MN, and her father-in-law, Bob Whitson of Oakmont, PA.

She is survived by her husband of 33 years, Jim Whitson of Incline Village, NV, the world's cutest dog and her constant companion, Satchmo (Chunks), her twin sister, Kathy Blackburn of Houston, TX, sister Lori (Blackburn) and Bob Anderson of Jarrell, TX, and sister, Amy (Blackburn) and Rusty Richardson of Huffman, TX. The sisters always felt they were sisters by blood, best friends by choice. Cindy was extremely proud of her niece Kelsi Jo Richardson and nephew Kyle, both of whom are destined for greatness in their personal and professional endeavors. She is also survived by her mother-in-law, Marjorie Whitson of Oakmont, PA. She will be missed by her family in Winona, MN, Mary, Sandy, Mark, Steve, Suzy, Uncle Jim, Aunt Barbara, Uncle Everett, and Bonnie. Her Tahoe family, John and Erica Farrell, touched her life and she was privileged to love them and be loved by them.

She would also like to be remembered by her PDL family, particularly John, whose generosity and insight set the standard by which all others should be measured. Additionally the family will be forever grateful to the professionals at the North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District and the North Tahoe Fire Protection District for their compassion. Her extended Tahoe family, who will remember her with love, includes Lisa, Susan, Beth, Angela, Debra, Dani, Kim, Jen, Ellen and particularly Corey.

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She will be missed by lifelong friends Arden, Doris, Carrie, Teena, Vicki, Gayla, Karen, Judie, Alan and Lisa, Rob and Terri, Dave and Pookie, Wayne and Jane, Ritchie and Steve, all of whom enriched her life.

In lieu of flowers the family requests a donation in Cindy's name to the Gene Upshaw Memorial Cancer Center in Truckee, CA. Cindy referred to her caregivers there as "angels," particularly Dr. Kaime, Kathy, Sally, Jane, Arlette, Lisa and Ashley.

As her final wish, she suggested that any family with a history of breast cancer be screened for ovarian cancer. And never (ever) pass up the opportunity to be kind to someone or something.

Grant Me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change. The courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. –Niebuhr-