Cynthia Jayne Key, 53, of Van Buren, passed away Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, at her home from cancer. She was surrounded by her mother and sisters. She was a rehabilitation aide with Bost in Fort Smith, where she was affectionately referred to as “Mom.”

Cyndi was a 1982 graduate of Van Buren High School and attended the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville before obtaining her associate degree from Westark Community College. Cyndi was a lifelong resident of Van Buren and a huge sports fan. She loved Razorback football and basketball and was a huge St. Louis Cardinals fan. She was an excellent cook, owning her own catering company for several years. She loved nothing more than cooking for family and friends. She will forever be remembered by her extended family and friends for her quick wit, her love of music and dogs, and her generosity. She was preceded in death by her father, Donald Key.

She is survived by her mother, Jane Key of Van Buren; two sisters, Pam Bramble and husband Tim of San Antonio and Rhonda Jones of Fort Smith. She is also survived by two uncles, Lonnie Key of Van Buren and James Watson of Chester; and her beloved nephew and niece, Matthew Smith of New York City, and Olivia Jones of Fayetteville, along with her beloved rescue dog, Sammie.

A celebration of her life will be held 2 p.m. Friday at Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home Chapel in Van Buren. Cremation is under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home of Van Buren.

The family will visit with friends following the service at the Adult Education Center of Crawford County at 605 Alma Blvd Circle, Van Buren.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be to the American Cancer Society at www.cancer.org, or HOPE Humane Society at 3800 Kelley Highway, Fort Smith, AR 72904.

To place an online tribute, go to www.edwardsvan-alma.com.