Cindy McGillis

Obituary of Cindy McGillis

July 27, 1965 – Tsuut’ina Nation, Alberta

May 27, 2022 – Calgary, Alberta


It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our beloved mother, grandmother, sister, auntie and friend, Cynthia (Cindy) Rose McGillis-Starlight, of Tsuut’ina Nation, AB on Friday, May 27, 2022 at the age of 56 years.


Cindy was a free spirit with so much love and joy to give to everyone she met. She had many friends in all walks of life. Anyone who knew her was blessed to have her in their lives, everyone she met became family. Cindy attended P.I.C.S.S. (Plains Indian Cultural Survival School), where she was part of an environment that engaged in academics/cultural and Indigenous ways of being, alongside all her siblings, relatives and close friends who became lifelong family. Cindy was a loving grandmother to her two grandsons, and she loved all her grand babies so much.


Cindy is survived by her sons, Craig and Chad (Tracella); her only daughter Kelly McGillis; her parents, Christine Starlight and Andy (Mariam) McGillis; siblings, Leslie Rattlesnake, James Starlight and Derek (Byrdie) McGillis; her grandsons, Dayton, Mateo, Tayson, Joelan, Elias and Jonah; granddaughters, Katelynne, Harmony, Tanaya, Amaya, Cheyenne, Danica, Eva and Ava. She is also survived by her many nieces and nephews as well as many cousins and friends.


Cindy was predeceased by her partner Wes; grandparents, Dick and Louise Starlight; brothers, Tyrone “Kickinghawk” McGillis and Richard “Beaver” McGillis; brother-in-law Charles Rattlesnake; nephew Tyson Rattlesnake; aunties and uncles, Mary Louise Starlight, Rita Loewen, Ruth Starlight, Gloria Starlight, Albert Waters, and Ernest Starlight; cousins, Sharon Starlight, Rhonda Starlight, Phyllis Lovelace, Greg Loewen, Alex Rain, Wayne Roan Jr. and Keith Roan.


Wake Services will be held at the Residence of Christine Starlight (Tsuut’ina Nation, AB) on Thursday, June 2, 2022 at 4:00 p.m.


Funeral Services will be held at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church (Tsuut’ina Nation, AB) on Saturday, June 4, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. Graveside Service to follow at Tsuut’ina Cemetery (Tsuut’ina Nation, AB). A Traditional Feast will be held at the Residence of Christine Starlight (Tsuut’ina Nation, AB) immediately following the Graveside Service. Condolences, memories, and photos may be shared and viewed here.


In living memory of Cindy McGillis, a tree will be planted in the Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area by McInnis & Holloway Funeral Homes, Park Memorial, 5008 Elbow Drive SW, Calgary, AB T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.


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