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GOODSELL-SIMS, Cindy R. Born Cynthia Rae Goodsell, November 21, 1942, in Niles, Michigan. Died April 19, 2012, of complications of multiple heart attacks and strokes. Graduated Newport Harbor Union High School, Newport Beach, Calif. and Orange Coast College. Studied anthropology at the University of Minnesota and Wright State University. She spoke Mandarin Chinese and Greek, held a DoD small arms qualification and five clearances for special compartmented intelligence. She began at Stonehaven Laboratory as Facility Security Officer, became Deputy Project Manager, and retired as Chief Administrative Officer. She also took pride in three near-amputations of Peeping Tom parts with the classic butcher knife 'used in the H'ai H'ousewife style.' During the Cold War, she made sixteen homes for her family in Alabama, Arizona, California, Indiana, Minnesota, Ohio, Texas, Washington, Greece, and the Republic of China, where she taught English to Chinese businessmen and women and was the terror of fresh taxicab drivers. This beautiful redhead's walk down an air stair in high heels and a green jacket at the international airport in San Antonio, Texas, in 1967, is legendary in the Gunroom of HMS Surprise. As was her snake-killing prowess. She was an accomplished horsewoman. For this last 29 years, she has made her seventeenth home in Antelope Acres, California, where she died holding hands with her high school sweetheart and husband of fifty years, Gary Sims. She is survived by Gary, her brother David S. Goodsell, her sister Wendy Goodsell Borack, six Nephews, and five Grandnieces and Grandnephews. She was 69. Beloved. In lieu of flowers, she would be honored by contributions to the Veterans of Foreign Wars or the Disabled American Veterans. Memorial videos are at and

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