Cindy Lou Turner honored during Trine event


ANGOLA -- A former Miss Steuben County was honored with the Woman of Distinction Award from Trine University during its Touchstone and Homecoming Celebration Dinner on Friday.

Cindy Lou Turner received the award after more than 370 guests enjoyed a video presentation featuring images from throughout her lifetime.

Born in Coldwater, Michigan, and raised in Orland, the youngest of five children, Turner established herself as a well-rounded woman early on. After graduating early from Prairie Heights High School, she accompanied her parents to Europe. She worked for the U.S. Embassy in Bonn, Germany, in the Library Services department, and taught religious education to the children of embassy personnel.

After being in Europe for a year, Turner returned home to Angola and became Miss Steuben County 1975.

While raising three sons, Cindy was heavily involved in pageantry - serving as a judge and coach - having completed modeling training, worked for a South Bend modeling agency and accepted commercial modeling jobs for several Midwestern companies.

She serves on the Steuben County YMCA Board of Directors. Recognizing the need for a pregnancy resource in this region, she was instrumental in bringing a Women's Care Center to northeast Indiana.

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