Cynthia (McDonough) Correll, age 64, passed away July 11 in Duluth, Minn., after a lengthy illness. Cindy was born in Gunnison, Colo., March 21, 1956 to Bill and Ruth (Sammons) McDonough. She spent her early preschool years on the McDonough ranch on the upper Cochetopa near the Old Agency Work Center. Cindy attended Gunnison schools and graduated from Gunnison High School in 1975. She went on to attend Mesa State College where she earned her early childhood degree and then to Western State College and earned her elementary education degree. Cindy taught third grade at O’Leary Elementary School.
Cindy was married to Randy Correll June 22, 1996, who she thought of as her knight in shining armor and was so proud to be Mrs. Correll. They soon moved to Fort Defiance, Ariz., where Cindy continued to teach elementary-age children on the Navajo Reservation. They had one child born to them, Falcon Correll, who learned many of the Navajo traditions while on the reservation. This was a golden time for Cindy as she cared deeply for the Navajo children and their families, and loved being a mother and homemaker for Randy and Falcon. All children loved Cindy too, as she was very kind and gentle with the kids and always had fun things to keep her students interested while they learned their lessons.
Cindy also was an avid seamstress and delighted in making doll clothes for her family and friends as well as making clothes for herself. She also enjoyed getting together with all of her family and Randy’s family as well as her many friends where she could laugh and visit, oftentimes a little orneriness would show as she might like to gently tease those close to her. Her laugh was memorable and many times her sentence would end with a smile and a giggle.
Cindy was preceded in death by her father, Bill McDonough and grandparents, Park and Goldie McDonough and Alva and Dolly Sammons. She is survived by her mother Ruth McDonough, husband Randy Correll and her only child Falcon Correll, brother Dan (Karen) McDonough and sister Judy (Mike) Wells. Cindy is also survived by many nieces and nephews, aunts and uncles and other extended family members.
Cindy was a member of the Lutheran Church in Duluth, Minn., and it was Cindy’s wish not to have a memorial service. Cindy was a kind soul and will be missed by all those that knew her.