Cindy Jane Workman Driskill

Cindy Jane Workman Driskill, passed away on March 12, 2023.

Cindy Jane Workman Driskill October 19, 1924 - March 12, 2023

Cindy Jane Driskill, nee Workman, passed away peacefully at Salem Hospital following a brief illness. She was 98 years old. Since October 2021, she resided at Davenport Place in Silverton, Oregon but maintained a home - and garden - at Silverton Mobile Estates where she enjoyed the friendship of neighbors.

Born and raised near Stilwell, Oklahoma, she nevertheless considered Mapleton, Oregon to be “home.”

Cindy’s parents, Blain Workman and Kindless Ex Workman, raised a large family in the hill country of eastern Oklahoma near Evansville, Arkansas. Cindy had six brothers, Alvis, Dan, Johnny, Curtis, Charles and Ed, who preceded her in death, as did two infant brothers. Four of Cindy’s five sisters also preceded her in death: Rosie Brown, Ruth Brown, Hazel Limberg, and Margaret Isaacs. The youngest sibling, Retha Jones, resides in Inola, Oklahoma.

In the late 1930s, Cindy joined her older brother, Dan, and sister-in-law, Avo, on a westward journey in search of work. They settled in Morton, Washington. A family joke is that she took her surname, Workman, seriously, as she possessed a strong work ethic and expected the same of others. Cindy held a variety of jobs including cooking in a logging camp in Washington state. She learned carpentry and electrical skills.

Following World War II, Cindy moved to Mapleton, Oregon where her brother Johnny was living at the time. While working at Frank’s Restaurant, she met Thomas “Tommy” Guinn Driskill, a Navy veteran. They married in November of 1947. The couple eventually settled on a small farm on the banks of the Siuslaw River outside Mapleton. They built a home where they raised Dannie, Gwendolyn and Lily. Cindy was notorious for her fine vegetable and flower gardens. Tom and Cindy were stalwart members of the Mapleton Grange and the Christian Church. Cindy was active in the Rebekah Lodge, Garden Club, and enjoyed playing Pinochle with friends. Always busy, Cindy occupied winters with various craft and sewing projects. She crocheted and became an award-winning quilter. Over the years, she gifted many quilts to family members and friends.

Tom and Cindy celebrated their 50th anniversary in 1997. Tommy passed away in April 2001. Dannie also preceded his mother in death in 2015. Surviving immediate family members are Gwen Brown (Terry) of Salem, Oregon and Lily Driskill (Jim Bango) of Silverton, Oregon.

Friends and acquaintances are invited to pay tribute to Cindy with a simple service at Burns Riverside Chapel Saturday, March 25 at 2 PM. Donations to Mapleton Food Share, where Cindy volunteered for several years, or Silverton Area Community Aid are encouraged in lieu of flowers.