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Cynthia Cornell

d. April 4, 2018

Cynthia Jean (Turner) Cornell, 59, passed away early morning Wednesday, April 4, 2018, at Iowa Lutheran Hospital in Des Moines, IA.

Known as Cyndee to her many friends, she was born February 25, 1959, the daughter of Billy Dean and Carolyn Jean (Dyer) Turner in Springfield, Ill. She married Donald McNair Cornell III at Williamsville Christian Church on April 25, 1981. They were married almost 37 years.

Cyndee and Don have two sons: Christopher McNair (Jason) Cornell and Eric Scott Cornell. She is survived by her parents, husband, and children.

Also surviving are her four brothers: Gerald Wm. (Susan), David M. (Jenn), Brent M. and Brian M. (Ann); and her younger sister Pamela J. Turner. Her older sister Cheryl Eagles passed away in 2015.

Cyndee graduated from Williamsville High School in 1977. She was active in high school programs, including as Class President and the Drama and Speech Club.

She graduated from Eastern Illinois University in 1981 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Speech Communications and later received counseling and teaching certificates from Amarillo College and Northeastern State University, respectively. Cyndee was passionate about helping her community and its youth with substance abuse issues. She was a Lead Counselor at The Panhandle Treatment Center in Guymon, OK for four years, and then served as the Student Assistant Program Coordinator at Jenks Public Schools in Jenks, OK for 12 years. After moving to Des Moines, she worked in the marketing division of Sam’s Club. Cyndee was loved by her students, and admired and respected by her co-workers.

Cyndee passed away suddenly due to unexpected medical complications. Her family is comforted to know that she is at peace with her beloved sister Cheryl.

A celebration of life will be held at Williamsville Christian Church in Williamsville, IL, on Saturday, April 7. Visitation 10-11am. Service 11-12pm. Rev. David Beals will be officiating the service.

Burial will be held at Walnut Hill Cemetery north of Williamsville, with lunch at the church following interment.


  1. We were so shocked to learn of Cyndee’s passing. I (and Abby) have missed her since you left out back yard in Freeport. Sending prayers for comfort. Cathy & Tom.

  2. Sincere condolences to Cyndee’s family – it was obvious how much she loved you. I have many fond memories of her as a classmate at Williamsville – she was a great friend.

  3. Don..I am so sorry for your loss..My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  4. So sorry to hear about Cyndee she was a great person to work with at Sam’s club. We worked in separate stores in Des Moines but helped each other with leads in our territories. She was very nice. She will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  5. So sorry to hear about Cyndee she was a great person to work with at Sam’s club. We worked in separate stores in Des Moines but helped each other with leads in our territories. She was very nice. She will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. Stu sampson

  6. My deepest sympathies to Cyndee’s family. Sams club will never be the same without her. She was the nicest, easiest person to talk to that I have ever met in my life. I will never ever forget her. Until we meet again. Love you Cyndee!!

  7. She was is an amazing lady. Everyday she came into work it was that beautiful smile and good morning and carrying that lunch box she really liked. She helped everyone. Hard worker who took pride in all she did. She didn’t know the word no when it came to helping. It just doesn’t seem real. She will truly be missed but will live on in our hearts and memories. God Bless and Comfort All. Rest In Heaven Cyndee God needed you more.
    Julie Hess
    Door Greeter
    Sam’s Club

  8. Cindy was the most beautiful soul, she warmed my heart so very much. Each and every day she brought so much joy to work with her. She saw the best in everyone she met. Her heart was so big and you never heard her complain. I will sure miss her smile and spunk!

  9. My deepest condolences and prayers for the family during this difficult time. May the Lord comfort you and your family at this time. Cyndee was indeed highly respected and will be deeply missed.

  10. Cyndee you will be missed.You were a kind, caring and loving person. I will miss you.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  11. Cindy was such a special gentle person. We worked together on several occasions and she was always positive and so kind.
    Please know that all of you are in my thought and prayers as you travel the tie ahead.
    Peace….Linda Mollman

  12. Bill, Carol and families. So sorry to hear of your loss. Cyndee was a sweet person. Our condolences to you all. Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers, through this time. God be with all and heal your hearts.

  13. Cyndee often stopped by to see me when she was in town, always with a plate of cookies and a big smile. She was one of the sweetest people I’ve ever known. She touched my heart in many ways. She will be missed, but the positive thought is that she’s now with Cheryl, and they are both happy and pain free.. Condolences to all the family..

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