Cindy returned to Hector, Minnesota, in 1998 to work with her brother Don Hughes in the funeral business their father, Ray Hughes, established in 1960. Following graduation from Hector High School and Northern Technical School of Business, she was a free-lance court reporter and co-instructor of the Court Reporting Program at Minnesota West Community and Technical College in Jackson, Minnesota. Cindy raised her children, Nikki and Aaron, in Windom. She serves on the Administrative Board of the Hector United Methodist Church, is an appointed member of the Hector Economic Development Authority, and stays busy as a founding member of the Hector Community Spirit organization. Cindy enjoys traveling, visiting with people, laughing with her friends, and spending time with her family, especially Grandma time with her four grandchildren.