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Cindy Traux-Garwood was born on February 25, 1957 to Larry and Janice (Bauer) Traux. Cindy graduated from Washington High School in 1975. She attended University of Northern Iowa for a few years prior to meeting the love of her life, Sam. Sam and her married in 1986 and began to start a life together with their two children Lisa and Jackie.

They resided in Vinton for the remainder of Cindy’s life where she was committed to 20 years of employment at the Abbe Center and most recently Benton County Transportation.

Cindy always had a zest for life and saw the beauty in the small things in life. She loved watching the Vinton Vikettes and Iowa Hawkeye basketball games, her cousin racing at Benton County Speedway, gardening, biking, summers in Wisconsin, butterflies and most of all spending time with her grandchildren Ashtynn and Shae.

She fought through breast cancer in 2006 with ease, recovered and flourished for 9 years prior to developing lung cancer in 2015. She lost her hard fought battle in July 2016. Although she is not physically with us anymore, her legacy of joy, positivity, and love remain in all who knew her.