Cynthia Marie Thurston entered this life on November 24, 1964. She was the third child born to Maurice and Sandra Thurston.
Cynthia stepped into eternal life on Wednesday, August 29, 2018.
She was preceded in death by her Maternal Grandparents, Herbert and Gertrude Jordan Sr., Paternal Grandparents, Myrtle and Claude Carson and Earl and Odessa Thurston. Three aunts, Gladys Watkins, Ella Mae Jordan and Margarite Jackson. Five uncles, Herbert Jordan, Jr., William Jordan, Eugene Jordan, Claude Carson, and Earl Thurston. Three cousins, Stephanie Saunders, Steven Saunders and Kevin Jordan.
Cynthia attended Kumpf Elementary and King Middle Schools. She graduated from Paseo High School Performing Arts in 1983.
Cynthia was united in marriage to her high school sweetheart, Marvin Keith Sipes on September 2, 1989.
Cynthia accepted our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ as her personal Savior under the leadership of the late Reverend I. V. McKenzie. She had been a faithful member of the Paradise Missionary Baptist Church for over 28 years.
Cynthia had a desire to have a closer relationship with the Lord and teach His people. She enrolled in the Carver Bible College and Seminary and earned an Associates of Art Degree in Biblical Studies in May 2012. In October 2013, Cynthia met all academic requirements to become a Certified Teacher.
Under the leadership of Pastor Michael Phillips, he encouraged her passion and she was chosen as a member of the New Members Ministry. She was an Instructor for the Youth Usher Ministry, a member of Usher Ministry #2, and she taught classes for the New Era District Conferences.
Cynthia was employed by the University of Missouri Kansas City (UMKC) as an Administrative Assistant in the Financial Aid & Scholarship Office. While at UMKC she served on the executive board for the Association for The Women of Color (AWOC). She volunteered for the annual Women of Color Leadership Conference (WOCLC). In 2014, she was nominated for the UMKC Staff Council.
Cynthia trusted the Lord even more so in April 2018, when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She told her sister, Debbie that the Lord told her “I got this, just trust Me, go to all your doctor appointments, do what they say.” During the last 5 months, she made all her doctor’s appointments, took all her medications, went to work, kept all her obligations at church and took care of her house and her husband. Her Faith in God is what kept her going, she knew He was “The Healer”.
Cynthia enjoyed teaching the Word of God. She loved her family. She enjoyed a good debate concerning anything, especially topics that she was knowledgeable about. Cynthia had a sense of humor as big as her heart with a spontaneous wit she was always ready for a good laugh. She looked forward to watching her favorite sports team, the KC Royals and the KC Chiefs. She also enjoyed cooking and watching the food network for new and innovative tips.
Cynthia Marie Thurston Sipes leaves to cherish all these memories and more, her beloved husband, Marvin Keith Sipes; her parents that loved her unconditionally, Maurice and Sandra Thurston; sister, Deborah Vaughn (Albert) of Kansas City, Missouri; her nephew, Anthony Vaughn of Blue Springs, Missouri; brother, Eric Thurston (Margarite) of Mesquite, Texas; her nephew, Eric Thurston, Jr. of Denton, Texas; her niece, Reghan Thurston of Mesquite, Texas; four sisters- in-law: Sareed Lee (Vincent), Sharon Sipes- Harrell (Monroe), Angela Sipes of Kansas City, Missouri and Donna Sipes of Pensacola, Florida; four brothers-in-law: Charles Sipes (Michelle), Anthony Brown, Mario Sipes and Ronnie Sipes; cousins, Harold and Diana Tyler of Southfield, Michigan; To many to mentioned by name, aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews, cousins, friends, co-workers, and her church family.
“I fought a good fight, I finished my course, I kept the Faith; Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness….” 2 Timothy 4: 7-8
Funeral Service for Mrs. Cynthia Marie Thurston Sipes will be held Friday, September 7, 11:00 at Paradise Baptist Church, 1600 E. 58th Street.
Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. at the Church.
Interment, Park Lawn Cemetery.