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Cindy L. South

February 3, 1955 — May 22, 2023

Coffeyville, Kansas

Cindy L. South

Cynthia “Cindy” Lee South passed away on Monday, May 22, 2023, at Ascension St. John’s Jane Phillips in Bartlesville, Oklahoma.

Cindy was born in Eldorado, Kansas on February 3, 1955, to Billy and Elva Jean (Redburn) South.  Cindy grew up in several communities growing up because of her father’s employment with Boeing.   Chetopa, Kansas is where she resided during her high school years and where she graduated from in 1973.  Labette Community College is where she obtained her postsecondary education, earning a degree as a registered nurse.    

Cindy worked at Coffeyville Regional Medical Center for over 30 years in the ER department before retiring.  She enjoyed cooking, sewing, her flowers and shopping.

Cindy and longtime life partner James Hartley enjoyed sharing life together until his passing in 2018. Cindy’s only child Lauri Austin and her husband John had cared for Cindy for the last several years as her health began to fail and she wished to remain at home.

Cindy is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Lauri and John Austin; grandson Andrew South; sisters Tammy Richey; Sandy and husband Eric Neussbaum; and one brother Randy South.  She was preceded in death by her parents and life partner James.

Per Cindy’s request cremation will take place under the direction of Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel and a private family service will take place where she will be laid to rest with James Hartley.  To leave a message of condolence or share a memory visit

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