June 19, 1950 – December 22, 2018
Born in Chariton, IA
Resided in Lincoln, NE

Cindy Wiren Bartlett

“Your own words are the bricks and mortar of the dreams you want to realize. Your words are the greatest power you have. The words you choose and their use establish the life you experience.” – Sonia Choquette

Cindy Wiren Bartlett was an educator, mother, avid landscape photographer, and published author. She believed in the power of words, love and light; she believed fiercely in inspiring children’s creativity, language arts education and surrounded herself with books and those she loved. Every chance she would get she would meet the authors that inspired her. Mem Fox, one of her favorite authors, wrote in the cover of Possum Magic, “Cindy – you’re magic!” We agree.

She was born on June 19, 1950 in Chariton, IA and in December 2018 she published her memoir, “In The Springtime of my Life.” Her writing chronicled her childhood in small town Iowa. The book is full of fond memories, warmth, and joy; an appropriate culmination of a life marked by those very characteristics.

In 1972, Cindy earned her B.A. Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls and her Master’s of Education Degree in 1978 from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. For the next forty-six years she worked as an educator throughout Lancaster County, in the Waverly Public Schools and then Lincoln Public Schools. She retired from regular classroom teaching in 2006, but continued touching many lives as a Language Arts Mentor for the Highly Gifted until the end of her life.

Cindy has two grown children Nicholas and Heidi Wiren Bartlett; both artists, just as she wanted. She survived by her sister Joyce Wiren Peak and brother Gary Wiren. She was preceded in death by her parents Leland and Twila Wiren.

Cindy will be celebrated through public visitation at Roper & Sons at 4300 O Street in Lincoln, NE 68510 on Friday, January 4 from 2:00 – 7:00 p.m. Her funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 5, at First-Plymouth with visitation an hour prior, 2000 D Street Lincoln, NE 68502. Attire should be casual and colorful.

Memorials can be made to the League of Women Voters of Lincoln – Lancaster County office, 4600 Valley Road, Set 306 Lincoln, NE 68510.

“The clock is running, Make the most of today. Time waits for no man. Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That’s why it is called the present.” – Alice Morse Earle

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