Cynthia Grinstead Craft

July 28, 1958June 11, 2021

Cynthia Grinstead Craft, passed peacefully at her home in Houston, surrounded by her family on Friday, the 11th of June 2021. She was 62 years of age.

Cindy was born in Houston on the 28th of July 1958, the daughter of Linda Rowe Grinstead and the late William Carter Grinstead, Jr.

After graduating from Robert E. Lee High School as valedictorian in 1976, she attended The University of Texas at Austin, where she was a member of Zeta Tau Alpha sorority, Phi Beta Kappa and Mortar Board. She was an English major and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in the Plan II Honors Program in 1980. Cindy attended the University of Virginia School of Law and then completed her law degree at The University of Texas at Austin School of Law in 1984, where she was a member of the Order of the Coif and the Law Review.

She worked as a tax and estate planning attorney for the Houston based law firm of Andrews & Kurth until 1992. She was a member of St. John the Divine Episcopal Church, The Junior League of Houston and Houston Country Club.

Cindy’s entire life was a force for good. With humility and kindness, she was constantly focused on helping others. Cindy’s greatest joy in life was being a mother to her beloved daughter Catherine.

She is survived by her husband, George Sullivan Craft; daughter, Catherine Elizabeth Craft; stepdaughter, Jennifer Craft Fountain and her husband Jason Noel Fountain; stepson, George Sullivan Craft, Jr. and his wife Emily Kepper Craft; mother, Linda Rowe Grinstead; brother, William Carter Grinstead III and his wife Laura Brooks Grinstead; uncle, S. Tevis Grinstead and his wife Marilee Wood; grandchildren, Madison Taylor Fountain, Eloise Grace Fountain, Jason Knox Fountain, Caroline Kepper Craft and George Sullivan Craft III; nieces, Emily Ann Grinstead and Caroline Ruth Grinstead; and nephew, David Brooks Grinstead.

A memorial service is to be conducted at three o’clock in the afternoon on Monday, the 14th of June, in the Chapel of St. John the Divine, 2450 River Oaks Boulevard in Houston, where the Reverend Leigh Spruill is to officiate.

Immediately following the service, guests are invited to greet the family during a reception to be held in the adjacent Sumners Hall.

Prior to the service, the family will gather for a private interment at Glenwood Cemetery in Houston.

In lieu of customary remembrances, the family requests with gratitude that memorial contributions in Cindy’s honor be directed to Saint Thomas' Episcopal School, 4900 Jackwood St., Houston, TX, 77096.

“Through the darkness shining is a lovely smile with a silver lining.”


  • St. Thomas' Episcopal School


  • Memorial Service

    Monday, June 14, 2021


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Melinda Kilpatrick

June 19, 2021

Dear George and Catherine,
Please accept our deepest sympathy for the passing of your wonderful Cindy. We were so saddened to hear that she is gone. We always loved being with her, enjoying her hospitality and kindness. Such a beautiful smile will always be a fond memory.
She will remain in our thoughts forever as one of the most lovely and friendly ladies we have known. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you.
With love,
Wade and Melinda Kilpatrick

Melanie Mason Marshall

June 17, 2021

My sympathy for the loss of your wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend. I remember Cindy from Lee High School when there were several of us interviewing for a scholarship. It was hands down Cindy who was chosen. No one else came even close. I know she continued to excel and shine wherever she went. May you feel her love surrounding you, still.

Harry Devens

June 15, 2021

George - we are so sorry for your family’s loss. We hope that your wonderful memories of Cindy will help you through the tough times ahead.

Brian, Jake, Neal, and Harry

Mary Thompson

June 15, 2021

Cindy was a beautiful lady, inside and out. She was the kindest person I've ever known and always treated me as a family friend. I will miss her.
George, Catherine, Jenn & George, I am praying for peace and comfort for you as you remember and celebrate Cindy's earthly life, rejoice in her eternal life, and learn to live in the next season of your life without her physical presence.
May the God of all hope comfort you because He has loved you and given you everlasting consolation and good hope through peace (2 Thes. 2:16).

Michelle Ritter

June 14, 2021

Catherine and George,
You are both in our thoughts and prayers. Cindy was generous, compassionate, and kind. Her genuine thoughtfulness drew others to her. May our loving heavenly Father comfort you during this time of sorrow.

John Smitherman

June 14, 2021

I would like to offer my deepest condolences to the family and friends of such a wonderful person. Cindy and I were friends at Lee High School and we even went out on a few dates (her Dad was intimidating!). She was such a smart and caring person with unlimited potential.

Please accept my condolences for your loss.

Christian Chamberlain

June 14, 2021


I am so sorry for your loss. I wish you and your family peace and comfort as you grieve.

With deepest sympathy,

Sally Hunter

June 14, 2021

Catherine and George,

My heart is full of precious memories of dear Cindy. She is beloved by so many people, and she loved you both so much.


Anne Semple

June 12, 2021

Catherine and George,
My thoughts and prayers are with you both. She was so very lovely and kind. I enjoyed her very much.
Anne Semple