We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Wilson Park Funeral Home - Rochester
Cynthia Maxwell Burton, 74, of Mechanicsburg, passed away on Sunday, May 8, 2022 at St. John’s Hospital. Cindy was born on April 11, 1948, in Springfield, the daughter of Blaine and Betty (Tindall) Livingston. In her teenage years you could find her terrorizing Rochester bareback atop her Morgan mare, Scarlet. They Jumped cemetery hedges together and were chased from bean fields by farmers. She enjoyed heading to Buckhart with her family for well done pizza. She & Larry loved snowmobiling and four wheeling with their family in upper Wisconsin. She could order food in a way that even the chef didn’t know how good it could be. She enjoyed spending the month of October at the cabin in Door County, Wi. that she and her daughter had been going to for over forty years on the beaches of “Ocean Michigan.” Her loved ones looked forward to family vacations where she took the role of “Camp Cookie” with the menu and food creations. Cindy was a member of the Internet Miniature Pinscher Rescue, helping to save hundreds of dogs, a member of the Mississippi Valley Morgan Horse Club, and American Morgan Horse Association. She loved her dogs and horses. Her daughter Ashleigh & granddaughters Ellie & Izabelle meant the world to her. She was so proud of her girls. She enjoyed watching her granddaughter Ellie, show horses in the coliseum from her signature spot on the rail, as well as supporting her gambler granddaughter, Katie, in her quest to become a millionaire from the Illinois Lottery. Cindy was a staunch Republican and a great American and believed in the right to protect her loved ones under the Constitution. She loved their home, sitting on a tributary to Lake Roby. She was a key person in keeping her Rochester Class together by corresponding with classmates and planning High school reunions. Cindy was a prepper, and tried to prepare for every situation. Her motto was “Two is one and one is none”, she had a backup plan for every situation. That was the essence of her wanting to care for and take care of everyone that she loved and made her such a fantastic nurse. She put on beautiful holiday dinners with her fabulous cooking, fine china and crystal. She gave her Granddaughter Izabelle, the honor of reading from our family prayer book. Cindy would send a copy of the prayer to Izabelle a few days before the holiday to give Izabelle a chance to practice. She always reminded Izabelle to use her “magic” in times of struggle. Her death was very unexpected and is a difficult time for her family. Thank you to everyone who reached out to our family. Raise a glass and toast Cindy. She is & will forever be so loved.
Cindy is preceded in death by her parents.
She is survived by husband, Larry; daughter, Ashleigh (Jeff) Watson; grandchildren, Ellie Blaine Mendenhall, Izabelle, Katie, JJ, Adam & Matt Watson; step children, Terrel (Shannon) Burton; Shanda (Jim) Godar; Shiloh (Rob) Varady, and several step grandchildren; sister, Victoria (Don) Beaver; brother, Steve (Mariann) Livingston and several nieces and nephews whom she loved so much.
Per Cindy’s wishes, a private family service will be held and a Celebration of Life will be at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Bond County Humane Society, 2510 S. Elm St., Greenville, IL. 62246, and the ‘Hemal Vakharia Memorial Scholarship” Guidance Department, Springfield High School, 101 South Lewis, Springfield, IL. 62704.
Wilson Park Funeral Home, 200 E. Main St. in Rochester is in charge of arrangements.