Cynthia Coulter

Cynthia Coulter

Sep 29, 1951 – Feb 28, 2017

Cynthia Coulter was born in Norman, Oklahoma on September 29, 1951 to parents Vivian and Joe Coulter.  She passed away on February 28, 2017 in Omaha, Nebraska.  She grew up with horses, dogs, and four much-loved siblings.  She met her husband of 43 years, John Crawford, in Austin, Texas while finishing her bachelor’s degree at the University of Texas.  They moved from Austin to California to New Mexico before returning to Oklahoma for her to enroll in medical school in 1981.  She completed her medical training and residency in 1989 and then accepted a faculty position at the O.U. Medical School neurology department in 1989.

In 1990, Cindy and John moved to Omaha, Nebraska where she took a faculty position in neurology at Creighton Medical School.  Although her career was cut short by progressive multiple sclerosis, by the time she took early retirement because of disability, she had become one of the first women to be promoted to tenured faculty status at Creighton Medical School.  Throughout her career, she achieved success with many formal publications in basic science and in applied medicine.  In addition to her medical career, she wrote a bird book for young readers (co-authored with other family members), published by University of New Mexico Press.

In 2006, Cindy and John moved to Keya Paha County, about 20 miles from Springview, Nebraska where they had built a log home.  They were at this home until summer of 2012, when a major wildfire came through and destroyed everything.  They got out with their dogs and horses and almost nothing else.  They since recovered well, with the help of many family and friends, and were re-established west of Valentine, Nebraska.

Cindy is survived by her husband and her brothers and her sister and nieces and nephews.  Brother Tim and his wife, Samantha, live in Helena, Montana; brother Joe Dan lives in Iowa City, Iowa (sons Gavin and Dan, and daughter Danielle); brother James and his wife, Debra, live in Placitas, New Mexico (daughter Jessica); and her sister Catherine and husband, Bob Bootzin, live in Jemez Springs, New Mexico (daughter Odessa).  Cindy is gone too soon and is loved and missed by all.

A memorial service will be held at the Methodist Church in Springview, Nebraska on March 11, 2017.  Burial will be at the Pine Grove Cemetery on March 18, 2017, handled by the Corrigan Funeral Home, Corrigan, Texas.

Memorials may be sent to the National MS Society or to the Springview United Methodist Church.




  • Tom Jensen Posted March 7, 2017 7:59 am

    Thoughts and prayers to the Coulter family during this difficult time. We will always have the memories of playing with all the cousin Coulters at the house in Norman

  • Debra Jensen Strike Posted March 7, 2017 3:48 pm

    Let us not look for you only in memory,
    Where we would grow lonely without you.
    You would want us to find you in presence,
    Beside us when beauty brightens,
    When kindness glows
    and music echoes eternal tones

    John O’Donohue

    Thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  • Diane/Gary McCarty Posted March 7, 2017 4:04 pm

    I (Diane) am the youngest of the Olds family. I didn’t get to see Cyndy very often, but the cousins enjoyed getting together whenever we could. I know that she was a talented, caring physician. It is a shame that Cyndy had to quit practicing. Our love and prayers are with you in this time of loss and celebration.

  • Diane/Gary McCarty Posted March 8, 2017 12:10 pm

    Thoughts and prayers are with your family.

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