Cindy Lou Moulin
Jan. 17, 1959 – Dec. 26, 2020
KANSAS CITY — Cindy Lou Moulin, Osage City, died Dec. 26, 2020, at KU Medical Center, Kansas City, surrounded by her husband and children. She was 61.
To say that Cindy will be missed is inadequate. Her presence was larger than life and while her physical absence will leave a deep hole, it will be filled with thousands of stories and memories she created with all those who knew and loved her.
Cindy was born Jan. 17, 1959, in Emporia, the daughter of Bill and Shirley Martin. She grew up and lived her entire life in Osage City.
She was an athlete in school. She loved her time spent playing basketball in her youth and spent one regrettable year as a cheerleader. Cindy and skirts never quite mixed. She played drums in the school band after convincing a new band teacher she played the drums and not the clarinet, which she hated. She maintained it was the best lie she ever told and continued to rock out on the drum kit throughout her life.
As a teenager, she worked at Bob’s Chicken King, where she tried many times to pick up Gary Moulin, a frequent customer who didn’t realize she was making advances. Finally, he got the hint and asked her out or maybe she asked him out and the rest is history.
She married Gary May 19, 1979, in Osage City. They were married for 41 years. He survives of the home. Their favorite place in the world was on their farm, just outside of Osage City, where Cindy loved to garden, feed the birds and spend time with her beloved grandchildren.
Cindy was the proud mother of four children, Jacob Keith, Annie Mae, Stevie Lora and Samuel Martin, in whom she instilled the value of love and kindness to all, a fierce sense of humor and loyalty to family. She never missed a game or event. She coached their teams and championed their passions. She was her children’s number one fan.
Her favorite role in life was wife, mother and grandmother and she poured her heart and soul into making everyone feel loved. Her door was always open and she loved when her home was filled noise, family, and friends. She always enjoyed hosting “Moolympics,” an annual redneck Olympics she created featuring games like the toilet bowl toss and rubber chicken throw.
Cindy was an avid reader, fantasy football player, and loved watching NFL games and Gunsmoke reruns. She enjoyed raising monarch butterflies and had a passion for science and nature that she loved to share with others. She was an avid Stevie Nicks fan and attended countless Stevie Nicks and Fleetwood Mac concerts, air drumming and singing along to every song. It was impossible not to have fun around Cindy.
Cindy spent her life devoted to children, first as a daycare provider then as a teacher. Cindy fulfilled a lifelong dream of becoming a teacher, graduating from Emporia State University in 1998, a feat she accomplished while raising four children at home. She spent 20 years working for Santa Fe Trail school district and was a beloved teacher to hundreds of children. She also earned a masters degree in education from Emporia State University. Cindy was devoted to her students, always going above and beyond, especially for those children from difficult circumstances, who needed her love the most. As with all great teachers, the ripple effect of the love she poured into her students will be felt for generations.
She was preceded in death by her beloved parents-in-law, Kenny and Helen Moulin; her grandmother, Eula Mae Vialle; grandfather, Lucien Martin; and a granddaughter, Jane Helen Brock.
Besides her husband, she is survived by her mother, Shirley Martin, Osage City; her father, Bill (Judy) Martin, Topeka; four children, Jacob (Sarah) Moulin, Osage City, Annie (Jared) Brock. Holton, Stevie (Parker) Amos, Lenexa, and Samuel Moulin, Osage City, six adoring grandchildren, Hank and Jack Moulin, Bodhi and Lila Brock, and Grady and Jace Amos; three siblings, Rick (Michelle) Martin, Cathy (Hal) Richardson and Candy (Scott) Williamson; a brother-in-law, Steve (Kathy) Moulin; a sister-in-law, Cheryl McEntire; and many nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, aunts and uncles, cousins, and friends.
Cindy spent her final years valiantly battling cancer. She never complained and kept her positive attitude and humor throughout countless treatments and surgeries. She was a believer in Christ, and the kingdom of heaven is in for a treat as Cindy enters the gates.
We would like to thank all those who supported Cindy through her battle with cancer. Cindy will be cremated and a memorial service will be held Saturday, Jan. 2, at Amos Family Funeral Home, in Shawnee. Due to circumstances caused by the COVID pandemic, the family will have a private service. All are invited to view the memorial service live stream at https://venue.streamspot.com/event/MjQ2NjEzNg==. The link will become active 15 minutes before the 10 a.m. service.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Melanoma Program KU Endowment to honor the health professionals who took such good care of her. Rock on, Gold Dust Woman. Keep watch over us. We’ll see you again someday.