On Monday, October 30, 2023, Mindy comfortably entered Heaven at home with hospice and the way she lived her life, with bravery and grace.
Mindy was preceded in death by her mom, Bernetta Jean (Willmoth) Traylor; dad, Robert Blair Traylor and her special dog, Wrigley Bear who snuggled with her after every chemo treatment.
Mindy is survived by so many loved ones including her son and soul mate, Alexander (Alex) Traylor; her sister, Missy Gray; her brother, Blair Traylor; her soul sister and friend, Cheri Miller; her puppy Tilly Lee who protected and watched over her. She is also survived by many special family members including nieces, nephews ,cousins, incredible friends, and co-workers – who all became her best buds.
‘All people die, but not all people live’. Mindy truly lived a full life even while battling ovarian cancer for almost 20 years. Mindy’s goal in life since a young girl was to become a nurse to help others. She became an LPN right after high school then obtained her RN associate degree. In 2013 she graduated with her BSN-RN while going through surgery, countless chemo treatments, doctor visits and hospitalizations. Mindy was a recipient of the Cincinnati Nursing ‘Daisy Award’ in 2007 and she was also a ‘Florence Nightingale Award nominee in 2008. She succeeded as a nurse due to her compassionate and kind heart. Mindy was most proud that her son, Alex, followed in her footsteps as a nurse to also make a positive impact in the lives of others.
Mindy also lived for cooking, traveling and her crafts. She was an excellent cook who enjoyed whipping up her mom’s special recipes (Hungarian coffee cake, cheesecake, spaghetti and meatballs, and chili with a secret ingredient). She embraced any opportunity to bake sweets or make meals for her loved ones in need. She was happiest with her family crowded around the dining table. Mindy traveled to about 40 US States. Her fondest memories were hiking up Cadillac Mountain in Bar Harbor Maine, hiking- staying at Mt. LeConte lodge in the Great Smokey Mountains and chilling at Navarre Beach, FL and Topsail Beach, NC. Mindy really enjoyed creating memories and gifts for others with her crafting skills especially using her Cricut. She left behind many incredible scrapbooks with memories of her family (of course mainly Alex), friends and her travel adventures which will always be cherished.
Mindy would want us all to remember her with a smile rather than tears. She would want us to find comfort in knowing that she is free from pain and in her heavenly home with her loved ones. Cancer never once took away her bravery, love, or her contagious smile. Her kind heart shined brighter and stole the hearts of all those that she touched. She will be deeply loved now and forever.
Mindy’s family will honor her with a private ‘Celebration’ of her life and bravery.
Memorials are suggested to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or Good Samaritan Foundation Cancer Institute (gshfoundation.com/donate)
“Love never leaves, it lives within our hearts.”