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McDonald, Cynthia L.

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March 16, 1959 - February 27, 2014

McDonald, Cynthia L.

Cyndi, 54, of Irving, Texas, passed away peacefully in her sleep on February 27, 2014. She was born March 16, 1959, in Fort Worth, Texas, to Robert (Bob) and Aleta (Patti) Bradley.  She married Ed McDonald, her soul mate, on October 24, 1980, and he survives.

Also surviving are her mother Aleta (Patti) Stoakes; her children Misty Daniel of Euless, Joshua and Trishaleta McDonald of Irving; granddaughters Tiara Daniel, Madison McDonald, and Alyssa Nordstrom; two brothers Robert (David) and Dan Bradley; one sister Susie Bradley; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She is preceded in death by her dad, Robert (Bob) Bradley, and a few, very loved, four legged friends.

After attending school in Mesquite, Cyndi became a long time resident of Irving.  She enjoyed substitute teaching immensely; however, taking care of her family was very important in her life, as was her faith in God.  Because of her faith, she had an uncanny ability to truly forgive people and was known for her unconditional love of others.  She was very giving and offered shelter to many who needed it, including animals.

Even in death, she helped others through donation.  Her last Christmas was one of her treasured memories because she celebrated it with most of her entire family.  She felt it was very peaceful and wonderful.  There is no doubt she is now dancing in heaven with her dad, and playing with her beloved pets who went before her.

A memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 5, 2014, at Aria Cremation Service and Funeral Home, 1820 North Beltline Road in Irving with Reverend Marvin (Bunky) Mitchell of New Lives for Old Grace Fellowship in Euless officiating.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made on-line to her favorite cause, the Dallas Chapter of Biker’s Against Child Abuse (B.A.C.A.) http://texas.bacaworld.org/texas/northeast/dallas/

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Ed McDonald

May 03, 2014 8:26PM

Thank You Cyndi

My Love, my Confidant, my Mentor, my protégé, my Soul Mate

Thank you for trusting me on our first date. I didn’t know how badly you had been hurt not long before we met. It must have taken a great deal of courage to take that chance, although I did pick you up on a motorcycle.

Thank you for loving and caring for my daughter as if she was your own. You often had to show or remind me how a real parent should act and respond to life’s challenges.

Thank you for your great passion for life, family, and God, and for doing your best to pass that on to every person you could.

Thank you for a second chance after our dumb asses got stupid causing our marriage to end, and for saying yes that second time to a lifelong commitment.

Thank you for taking such great care of our second child who was premature, when I wasn’t there to help in any way. She is turning out to be a wonderful young woman and mother.

Thank you for being such a free spirit. We have had so many good times; late night rides on the motorcycle, dancing almost every weekend until you got sick, camping with the kids in August in TEXAS, Our expeditions to Galveston and New Orleans during Mardi gras, the cruise to Mexico. I can’t list everything, but we did cherish the times we spent together.

We were never more than middle class financially but we were the wealthiest couple I know of in love, commitment, and the respect we had for each other, and the very definition of soul mates.

Thank you for your caring and kindness, at times you were the sole reason no child we knew of ever went without a decent birthday, Christmas, Easter or any other holiday gift. You also were the reason my parents always got flowers and chocolates on their birthdays, and your bargain hunting skills were unmatched by anyone else I ever knew, you could do so much with so little.

I can’t explain in words how much I miss the warmth of your love, the incredible bond we shared was unmatched by any couple I’ve ever know, heard of or read about. I have truly been blessed with our short time together.

I am so thankful we had the opportunity to stay at the hotel a whole month for our last anniversary. I truly cherished the time we spent alone, even though we didn't do much of anything we were with each other exclusively.

I recently found out that in order for our four year old granddaughter Madison to sleep in her own bed she had to have Trisha's amethyst heart urn with you ashes in it so she wouldn't be alone and you could look over her. I feel so sad about that , but also glad that comforted by the thought of your presence. I promise that I will make sure she always remembers you.

On many mornings just as I'm waking up and still not quite awake, I still reach over to touch you. Just for a split second I'm startled that you are not there and I realize you never will be again. Sometimes I'll see something that I know you would like, jewelry, avocados, a dress etc and I think I should get that for you and then realize I don't have you to give it to anymore.

I miss you so much. I feel as though I have a huge hole in my chest where my heart is supposed to be. It's an actual physical pain at times, not just the feeling of sadness. I hear an ambulance or fire truck siren and relive every moment and emotion from when I found you unresponsive until the ER doctor tells me there was nothing they could do to bring you back. I just don't see how this can possibly get any worse and certainly not any better.

I guess I have gotten off track writing a thank you letter. Unless I go back in and add or edit this let me just say one final thank you in this letter.

Thank you for being the greatest love of my life for the last 34 years.


wanda peck

March 10, 2014 9:47PM

I will miss you so. I am blessed to of had such a wonderful friend in my life.we met in 1973. long time. I will miss you so very very much. i love you


Tommy Taylor

March 06, 2014 11:06PM

i want to to say that it was a blessing to no cindy she wellcomed me in the family and when i was down on my luck she and ed help myself and my kids with a place to stay and food on our plates she and ed were a blessing and i will miss her l thought of her as my own aunt and loved her r.i.p. cindy i will see you on the other side oneday again


Edie King

March 05, 2014 10:17AM

Dearest Cyndi
I will miss you so much, even though w haven't been very close these past few years. You were truly my best friend. We had a lot of laughs an together w also she a lot of tears, but no matter what our differences were at the time, we always got over it and moved on. I always knew you were there when ever I needed you.
Till we meet again


Jacki Mike

March 05, 2014 4:50AM

RIP Cyndi,you will truly be missed


Jale Fonvielle

March 04, 2014 3:48PM

I am so very sorry for your loss. May God shine his light upon you all. I pray for his peace and comfort to touch each and every one of you.


Patty Bradley/Stokes

March 04, 2014 12:25PM

My precious daughter is with Jesus now. She has no more pain. I know she would want us to be telling others about Jesus and consoling one another with His words. She loves our Lord and, oh how she loved Ed so dearly. Please pray for Ed and the kids and brothers and sister and myself. She would want us to love one another the way she has always done. Thank you, God, for giving me such a wonderful daughter! And, thank You for giving me my wonderful family and for sustaining us through this time. I give you all the praise and all the glory for letting us have Cyndi in our lives. Thank you Jesus!


Robin Bradley

March 03, 2014 5:35PM

As I sit here, I'm trying very hard to convey how I feel. I am her sister in law and like many in-laws we have our ups and downs. I hope to think we had mostly ups than downs. As conveyed by our last Christmas together, it was a wonderful time together. Cyndi, I miss you lots and I know I will see you again. To Ed and the family, my love to you. Robin