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Cynthia "Suni" Miani

August 18, 1957 — February 27, 2024

Humboldt, TN

Cynthia "Suni" Miani, a trailblazer and advocate for equality, passed away on February 27, 2024, at the age of 66 at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital. 
 
She was born on August 18, 1957, in St. Petersburg, FL. the daughter of the late Leon and Norma Lambert Miami.
 
Suni led a remarkable life defined by breaking barriers and standing up for what she believed in. In 1986, she made history by becoming the first female lineman in the state of California. Undeterred by challenges, she continued to pave the way for women in the field when she moved to Oregon and later returning to California retiring as a Supervisor of Troubleman.
 
Beyond her professional accomplishments, Suni was a passionate advocate for LGBTQ rights and a staunch supporter of equality. She fearlessly championed these causes and made her voice heard in various LGBTQ events and pride celebrations.
 
Her selfless nature and unwavering courage were evident to all who knew her. Suni approached life with an open heart, showing kindness and compassion to everyone regardless of their background. Her love knew no bounds, as she dedicated herself wholeheartedly to helping those in need.
 
Suni's love for travel was undeniable, especially when accompanied by her beloved wife Alex and their faithful companions Chevy and Miss Mafia. Together, they explored vast expanses across the country, only missing a handful of states along the way. Suni cherished these moments spent with family and friends scattered across the nation.
 
In addition to her groundbreaking career achievements and advocacy work, Suni also found joy in her hobbies. Softball umpiring was a passion that brought her immense pride. Her expertise led her to become the state Umpire-In-Chief in Oregon and officiate numerous national championships at various levels of play. She was internationally certified for all levels of play including ASA, NIAA, USSSA and NCAA.
 
Her dedication to serving others extended beyond her professional endeavors. At the age of 18, Suni joined the United States Air Force where she served as a crew chief on a KC-135Q in-flight refueler. Her contributions were recognized with the Air Force's Commendation Medal during her tenure as a Sergeant.
 
Suni's legacy lives on through those who had the privilege of knowing her. She is survived by her loving wife Alex Miani, as well as her brothers, Lino Miani and his wife Maria and Kenneth Miani, as well as many nieces and nephews and their children who held a special place in her heart.

Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by sisters, Tina Chism (Jim) and Jeanie Miami.
 
A graveside service to honor Suni's life will be held on March 11, 2024, at West Tennessee Veteran Cemetery at Parkers Crossroads in Wildersville. The service will be a fitting tribute to a remarkable woman who touched countless lives with her indomitable spirit and unwavering commitment to making the world a better place for all.

Memorial contributions are asked to be directed to Elks Lodge #192, 28 Executive Drive, Jackson, TN 38305 or online at www.elks.org or to the Oregon Tradeswomen, INC., 454 SE 187 Ave., Portland, OR 97233 or online at www.tradeswomen.org
 
Suni Miani will be dearly missed but never forgotten; her legacy of resilience and advocacy will continue to inspire generations to come.

Arrington Funeral Directors. 148 W. University Parkway, Jackson, TN  38305

731.668.1111    arringtonfuneraldirectors.com

 

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