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Random Acts of Flowers’ COO & CMO dies

Cindy McConkey Cox, 58, died Jan. 25 after more than four years spent battling rare biliary liver cancer, according to a news release. She was chief operating and chief marketing officer for the nonprofit Random Acts of Flowers in Knoxville, TN.

CINDYCindy McConkey CoxRandom Acts of Flowers improves the emotional health and wellbeing of individuals in health care facilities by delivering recycled flowers, encouragement and personal moments of kindness, according to the company’s mission statement.

“I cannot begin to express how devastated we are as a team. Cindy was a guiding light in our organization since her first day,” said Random Acts of Flowers’ founder and chief executive officer Larsen Jay in a written statement. “Within our organization, she was known as a brilliant communicator, a strategic thinker, and someone who always put others before herself. Thoughtful, warm and ‘one tough cookie’ is how her closest friends describe Cindy.”

After graduating from the University of Tennessee in 1980 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism, Mrs. McConkey Cox went to work in the sports department for the Knoxville Journal newspaper. She then went on to cover sports for USA Today, Gannett News Service and the Associated Press, among other publications. While working for Gannett, she received a national award for investigative reporting from the Associated Press Sports Editors Association.

Mrs. McConkey Cox spent more than 14 years with Ackermann Public Relations and Marketing, where she was executive vice president, before joining Scripps Networks Interactive as senior vice president of corporate communications.

“Our love for Cindy is hard to put into words,” wrote Jay. “Her loss is profound. We will miss her deeply but we are also grateful our team could share so many meaningful personal and professional milestones with this wonderful woman.”