Saturdays were special when Cindy Crutcher was a young girl. That was the day the whole family would go to town. If she and her siblings had been good all week, they would get a coke. Only one coke...for five of them to share! As the youngest of five, Cindy always had the last, and usually least amount to drink. At a young age, Cindy was determined she would one day be able to have as many cokes as she wanted. This determination and perseverance is a metaphor for Cindy Crutcher's life.
Cindy has always been a hard worker, seeing challenges as opportunities, not obstacles. Living in Anderson County all her life, her Bluegrass roots are deep. As farmers, country living shaped her work ethic as she milked cows and helped to raise the tobacco. At local softball games she would earn 10 cents for every out of bounds ball she retrieved. Her family lived sparingly, not always having what they wanted, but what they needed.
Tragedy struck for Cindy at age ten, when her father was shot and killed. Devastated, the family leaned on each other and friends for support. During this time, Cindy learned the lessons of faith and hope from her mother.
Cindy reflects about her mom, "She lost her husband as well as her mother and father in a 20 month time span ...she kept on going and praising God for everyday He gave her breath to breathe. Her actions taught me more than any words could ever say." She has been the greatest influence in Cindy's life. Family roots remain strong even today. On a weekly basis the whole family gathers to eat and visit with one another.
At sixteen Cindy met the "Crutch" she could lean on, Mark Crutcher. She considers him the most genuine person she has ever known. Two years after meeting they were married and soon built a home on his family farm where they still remain. Married 26 years and counting, their commitment is strong. Rounding out the Crutcher clan are their three daughters Leah, Emily and Teri and their rescued collie named "Ginger." As a family they love camping, eating hotdogs and smores and enjoying one another.