Modoc – Cynthia Dee Lumpkin, age 64, a resident of Bethel Pointe in Muncie, left this earth to walk beside her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on November 29th 2021. Dee, as she was known to everyone around her, was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. Her twenty year battle with multiple sclerosis may have wreaked havoc on her earthly body, but it bolstered her spirit, tempered her resolve, and filled her to overflowing with compassion and love for every fellow soul. Above all it strengthened Dee’s faith, it built her into a disciple for Christ and a rock for so many. Her smile, soft touch, and kind ear were tools she used to help calm the stormiest of waters for those around her. What we have lost, Heaven gained as she dances down the streets of gold.
Dee was a memorable part of so many lives. A 1975 graduate of Union High School in Modoc, she married Ernest Lumpkin in February of 1976. They remained near their families in the Modoc area where Dee was active in the Huntsville, Modoc, and Losantville United Methodist churches. She was a devoted employee of Reid Health in Richmond, not once, but twice, where she continued to work long after MS or as she dubbed it “Mary Senseless” began to make that far more challenging. She later moved to Muncie, where her willingness to engage others with love and understanding, and her ministry for Christ made her a treasured fixture at both the Woodlands and Bethel Pointe. Dee embraced her new home, where she treated both her caregivers and fellow residents as extended family, often welcoming new residents, showing new employees the ropes, leading Bible studies and enthusiastically participating in group activities. While a resident at Bethel Pointe she found another family in Christ as she became active in the Urban Light Community Church.
Dee was preceded in death by her daddy Martin Robert “Bob” Cox, her mom Gertrude “Gertie” Cox, and her beloved sister Linda Rees. She will be fondly remembered and greatly missed by Ernest Lumpkin, daughter Diane (Matt) Huber, sons Scott (Amber) Lumpkin and Greg Lumpkin, her brother Steve (Debbie) Cox and her brother-in-law Charlie Rees. Her grandchildren were such a joy to “Mamaw Dee”, and from Heaven she is sure to watch as Carter, Payton, Jaden, Jacob, Gavin, Bella, Jasper, and all her international grandkids continue to grow. She will be dearly missed by a multitude of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
The family would like to thank all the caregivers and staff at Bethel Pointe and IU Ball Memorial Hospital. Dee won so many battles that would have been lost without the love, care, and compassion she was given by so many different people over the years. May the Lord bless and keep all those who were touched by Dee’s love. A private service will be held for close family, with a celebration of life to be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers the family asks that you consider donating to one of the following causes in Dee’s honor. The National Multiple Sclerosis Society at https://mssociety.donordrive.com/campaign/In-Memory-of-Dee-Lumpkin or directly to the Caring Foundation administered by Bethel Pointe Health and Rehab in Muncie. Donations can be dropped off at the facility, Attention to the Caring Foundation, and will be matched dollar for dollar by the CEO in order to provide funds to employees in need.
Online condolences may be left at www.culbersonfh.com