Cynthia Lynn ‘Cindy’ Hendrix Mandarano Helm

Published 8:59 am Thursday, December 27, 2018

Mrs. Cynthia Lynn “Cindy” Hendrix Mandarano Helm, 62, of Mocksville, died unexpectedly at her home Sunday, Dec, 23, 2018.

She was born Feb. 11, 1956,in Rowan County to the late Otis Marion and Lois Jones Hendrix. She was also preceded in death by: her brother, Johnny Hendrix; her first husband and friend, Angelo “Kayo” Mandarano; and a special friend, Jeannie Helm of Texarkana, Texas.

She was born and raised in Mocksville and spent her life there. She grew up working at her father’s store, Northend Grocery on North Main Street.  She graduated from Davie High School in 1974. She was a candy striper in high school and wanted to be a nurse from a young age. Following high school, she attended Davis Nursing School in Statesville, where she graduated with her nursing degree. She spent 40 years as a nurse and was known for her kind and nurturing manner in caring for patients. She spent nearly 20 years working at Davie County Hospital, and a total of 20 years at Thomasville Medical Center, Lexington Memorial Hospital, and at Old Vineyard Behavioral Health in Winston-Salem where she currently worked. She joined First United Methodist Church as a child and remained a member her entire life.

She met Angelo “Kayo” Mandarano in 1981, and though there was 38 years difference in their ages, they fell in love and married on her 27th birthday in 1983.  She had two children with Kayo, Matthew Hendrix Mandarano in 1983 and Patrick Anthony Mandarano in 1991.

She loved to travel and visited many places. Some of her favorites were Hawaii, where she vacationed seven times, and visiting friends in Texas. She took her sons to Stio, Italy, which was the hometown of their Italian grandfather and still home to many cousins and other relatives of Kayo Mandarano. She enjoyed genealogy and tracking family history of her mother’s and father’s lineage and also her first husband, Kayo Mandarano. Most of all, she enjoyed spending time with family and her friends.

Survivors: her 2 sons, Matthew (April) of Advance and Patrick of the home; her husband, Ron Helm of the home; her brother, Mike Hendrix of Bermuda Run; her stepsons from her first marriage, John Mandrano of Greensboro and Mark Mandrano (Sharon) of Matthews; her sister-in-law, Frances Hendrix; her special friends, Martha Thomas of Ft. Worth, Texas, Jayne Page Hunt of Richmond, Va., LaVerne Page of Thomasville and Ann Dyson of Mocksville; and many cousins, family, friends, and current and former co-workers.

She will be remembered for her warmth, kindness, and ability to make others feel comfortable and cared for.

On Friday, Dec. 28, a visitation will be held at Eaton Funeral Home on North Main Street in Mocksville from noon-1 p.m. A funeral service will begin at 1 p.m. in the chapel of Eaton Funeral Home with the Rev. Dr. Glenn L. Myers Jr. of First United Methodist Church, Mocksville, officiating. The committal service will follow at Rose Cemetery in Mocksville.

Memorials: Prayers and Squares Quilt Ministry, c/o First UMC, 310 N. Main St., Mocksville.