Cynthia White, 72


Cynthia “Cyndy” White, 72, of Coffeen, died at 2:20 p.m. on Thursday, July 23, 2020 at her sister and brother-in-law’s home in Joplin, MO, with her husband and the love of her life by her side.

The daughter of the late Elbert and Edna (Bianchini) McNeely, she was born on Feb. 11, 1948 in New Orleans, LA. In 1968, she and two of her sisters made history in Oklahoma when they enlisted together into the United States Air Force where she served as a dental hygienist.  After serving her country honorably, she returned to raise her family. 

She married Charles “Buck” White on June 28, 2000, and together they enjoyed their time traveling to casinos and spending time with family. She was an avid jewelry designer and collector who enjoyed creating and exploring jewelry design purchases.

In addition to her husband in Coffeen, she is survived by three daughters, Annalisa Johnston, of Augusta, GA, Elizabeth Mueller and Heidi Mueller both of Wilmington, NC; two step-sons, Wally Martin of Taylor Springs and Mark “Mo” (wife Cindy) Martin; two brothers, Elbert Bo McNeely and Michael McNeely; four sisters, Mary McNeely, Carla Reichman, Carrie Goins, and Karen Pieronan; granddaughters, Nadia, Madelyn, Makayla, Jordan and Whitney Nichole; grandsons, Derek, Jayden, Codey, Dylan and Braden; several great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.  

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one brother, Richard McNeely; and one grandson, Johnnie.  

Private family services will be held at a later date. Mason-Woodard Mortuary and Crematory in Joplin, MO, is in charge of arrangements.


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