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Cynthia “Cindy” Louise Speed passed away peacefully on Wednesday evening, Sept. 12, 2018. Cindy was surrounded by her loved ones as she departed into the arms of her savior, Jesus Christ, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Cindy was born Sept. 19, 1957, in Whitefish, to Richard and Marilou Payton. Cindy moved with her parents from Rexford, to Long Beach, CA where her father was stationed in the Navy. After spending 11 years in CA, the family returned to Rexford, where Cindy spent the remainder of her childhood and graduated from Lincoln County high school in 1975.

Cindy attended Concordia University in Portland, OR, married in 1977, and moved to Kalispell, and later, Billings. From this marriage four sons were born; Matthew (Shanda) Speed of Lewistown, Michael (Ashley) Speed of Radford, VA, Lucas Speed, and Garrick (Ashley) Speed, both of Billings. In 1990, Cindy, being unexpectedly faced with the challenge of single-motherhood, bravely embarked on a new journey and returned to college to obtain her music education degree while working full-time in the Trinity Lutheran School music department. After receiving her Bachelor's degree in music, Cindy returned to Trinity Lutheran School as music director where she championed various music programs and ultimately went on to obtain her Master’s degree. Cindy had a lifelong passion for music and enjoyed her 37 years teaching and coordinating music programs at Trinity Lutheran Church and school.

Cindy was a devoted follower of Christ and provided a shining example of her faith throughout her life. Family and friends remember Cindy as vibrant, energetic, cheerful, generous, and loyal. Cindy loved her family fiercely and was an adoring daughter, sister, mother, and proud grandmother. Cindy especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren; Landon (7), Noelle (6), Noah (3), Lilah (2), Charles (1), and Mariella (1). Grandma Cindy had endless patience, love, and affection for her special grandbabies. Cindy was always up for new adventures and made many memories with friends on mission trips to Manitoba, Canada and various family vacations throughout the U.S. and Caribbean; including to Boston where she attended the Boston Symphony Orchestra and New York City where she attended several Broadway musicals. Cindy was a radiant, genuine, and selfless soul and was truly cherished by all who knew and loved her.

Cindy is preceded in death by her grandparents Bill and Edna Glass, Alenath Rich, and George Payton. She is survived by her parents, children and grandchildren as well as brother Mark (Diane) Payton and nieces Meredith, Mackenzie, and Marissa.

Family, friends, and others whose lives Cindy touched are invited to attend the funeral service for Cindy on Wednesday, Sept. 19, at Trinity Lutheran Church (537 Grand Ave., Billings, MT) at 4 p.m., with a reception to follow at Trinity Lutheran School (2802 Belvedere Dr. Billings, MT). In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Trinity Lutheran School Music department.

Creel Funeral Home is assisting with the arrangements. Memories and condolences can be shared at

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