Cynthia Larcade Muirhead

August 24, 1948June 5, 2021

Mary Cynthia Larcade passed away June 5, 2021 after a brief battle with ALS. She was 72 years old.

She was born on August 24, 1948 to beaming parents John and Pearl Larcade. She was the proud big sister to Bob and Dave whom she loved and kept in line, as good big sisters would do. She graduated from Ursuline Academy in 1966 and University of Dallas in 1969.

Shortly after college she married Michael Muirhead and became a mom to two sons, Craig and Colin. Cindy was the quintessential mom; she ensured her boys were well loved, well educated, and well mannered. A lady through and through, Cindy tried to make sure her boys knew to open doors and offer a hand to any lady who might be in need.

In June of 1988 she married Robert (Bob) Owens with the blessing of his daughter Staci, whom Cindy loved as her own.

Cindy was happiest spending quality time with her husband, her children, her grandchildren and her friends. She loved a good board game, watching the birds from her deck or reading a book.

She spent many years as an office manager at Babcock & Wilcox. Cindy faithfully attended Northwest Bible Church for over 30 years cultivating a deep and abiding faith.

She is preceded in death by her beloved husband, Robert Owens and her precious granddaughter Ashley Nicole Muirhead. She is survived by her children Craig Muirhead and his wife Daphne, Colin Muirhead and his wife Abby, Staci Simmons and husband Michael. She is also survived by her grandchildren Nicholas, Marissa, Russell, Aubrey, Bethany, Brooke, Lillian, Asher and Kate.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to The Sumner Family Foundation to support efforts for treatments and ultimately a cure for ALS.

A gathering for Cynthia will be held Wednesday, June 16, 2021 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Brookside Funeral Home - Champions, 3410 Cypress Creek Parkway, Houston, TX 77068. A funeral service will occur Thursday, June 17, 2021 from 12:00 PM to 12:30 PM, 3410 Cypress Creek Parkway, Houston, TX 77068. A committal service will occur Thursday, June 17, 2021 from 1:00 PM to 1:30 PM at Houston National Cemetery, 10410 Veterans Memorial Drive, Houston, TX 77038.


  • Craig Muirhead, Pallbearer
  • Colin Muirhead, Pallbearer
  • David Larcade, Pallbearer
  • Nicholas Medrano, Pallbearer
  • Russell Muirhead, Pallbearer
  • Brooke Muirhead, Pallbearer
  • Pete Nutley, Pallbearer
  • Michael Simmons, Pallbearer

  • Sumner Family Foundation c/o Raymond James


  • Gathering

    Wednesday, June 16, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, June 17, 2021


  • Committal Service

    Thursday, June 17, 2021


Cynthia Larcade Muirhead

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Carolyn Miller

June 20, 2021

This is what I loved about Cynthia--

--That she was my roommate when we went to Europe goodness 40 years ago!--and was a "partner in crime" against Uncle John and Aunt Pearl
--That she was so kind and generous the last time I saw her, when I was in Houston for business. She even gave me a ride to the airport, albeit the fact that she couldn't see very well and we got lost!
--That when I was visiting, she shared her home, her world, and her story even though we hadn't seen each other for years.
--That she always ate like a bird--I was always envious of that--and had the figure to prove it.
--That she had the courage and compassion to care for Aunt Pearl.

What a dear, kind soul she was.

Kate Bodinson

June 17, 2021

Cynthia's life was full and beautiful, and failing health did not prevent this lovely lady from showing love for family & friends - we are fortunate to have known her.
Grace is the word I think of for Cynthia - grace like a blessing that somehow transcends personal pain - grace she shared with us.

Nancy Biehler

June 17, 2021

Memories of My Cousin . . .
I remember having Cynthia in my life for all of my life.
Sixty years ago, my family spent summer
vacations with her family in Corpus.
I got a terrible sunburn fishing on the beach.
I remember my cousin when our Uncle married
And when our grandfather passed.
I was in high school.
We both attended the University of Dallas.
She was a day student; I lived in the dorm,
She hosted my college graduation party
at her parents’ home.
And she asked me to be her bridesmaid,
when she married Mike.
I saw her on occasion once their family settled in Houston.
I remember her tiny apartment
with those two small boys.
Our lives went in other busy directions
for years,
But I was in Corpus to help bury her father.
And I stayed close to her mom.
While Cynthia raised up her sons
in Houston. . . .And married Bob.
I joined them at the country club
when Colin married Abby.
I was at Saints and Angels Church
when Craig married Daphne.
Then my father passed.
I got to know Bob before his death.
And I joined Cynthia’ to bury him
at the national cemetery.
I was there when she and Davey
moved their mom to Houston.
She and I visited each other regularly.
She brought her sons to my mother’s
90th birthday celebration.
And I continued to stay in touch with my elders,
in Houston,
She was with me to help bury my mom.
We gossiped and laughed non-stop
on every visit.
We took a hilarious trip to Colorado
in 2018.
We enjoyed the play “Texas”
in Palo Duro Canyon.
We saw elk on the road in Evergreen.
We celebrated with Biehlers on Katie’s deck
in Golden.
Over the years my cousin and I
were constants in each other’s lives.
We planned more trips together.
But the pandemic set in.
First, her brother passed;
then her mom passed.
And now, I’ve lost her.
Cynthia’s quiet legacy survives
in her wonderful sons
… and seven grandchildren. . . .
And I will continue to tell her story.

Carolyn Medlin

June 16, 2021

I have been blessed to know this sweet lady since we attended a Ladies Retreat on Galveston Island, many years ago! She has always been so kind and a very faithful member of NWBC. Her love for her Lord was apparent in her eyes and joyful greetings for so many people. She will be missed, but we have the Blessed hope of being together again, when our Lord calls us all home. Till we meet agin!

Abraham Baltazar

June 16, 2021

Cindy will always be a part of my Heart and Stories.

I remember telling her that she was like a "big sister" to me . . . ,granted, a much much much older sister!! She said "ABRAHAM, I'm not that much older than you!" And I said "but nobody knows that." . . . ABRAHAM!?!?!

I choose to not dwell on what I will miss. I will instead remember the good times!

Paula Biehler

June 15, 2021

I remember being with my older sister Nancy--I was maybe ten. We went to see cousin Cynthia at her apartment--I think it was her and Mike's place. If my memory is correct, she had this gorgeous white couch and everything in her home was "modern" to me. I was in awe. Didn't she have a white cat, too? When she walked in the room I thought she was beautiful, she was so happy to welcome us and had this presence of light and grace.

I saw her rarely through the years, connecting here and there over family functions. Colin stayed at my house one summer when he played for UT. I remember him having a big appetite!

She was close to the older group of Biehler sisters--I think Carolyn accompanied her on her first trip to Europe.

I saw her last in my home, she stayed at my house, when in town for my mother's funeral.

I will say this, as a grandmother myself. Her love for you boys, Colin and Craig and your wives and her grandkids, is so profound. I am sure nothing brought her more happiness than time with all of you. She is watching over you now, no doubt, with that big smile.

In loving memory of a beautiful cousin, a dedicated mother and loving grandmother, sending you all so much love.

Paula Biehler
Creighton, Sam & Ryan

Katie Smith

June 12, 2021

My childhood memory of Cynthia was watching her at her house in Dallas when we would come visit. She was in high school at the time and I was in elementary school. I waited in anticipation watching her every move as her dates would come pick her up and meet her parents. I always thought she was so beautiful and she always had a lot of dates. I had not been around any high school women that dated so this was new to witness as young girl. As adults, Cynthia came to Golden to visit in 2018 with my sister Nancy. They stayed with us for a few days and we enjoyed family gatherings on my deck, memories and lots of laughter. I remember Cynthia saying she felt so peaceful here - she had commented the music I was playing made her feel relaxed and I shared the artist with her. She was excited about her trip to Israel with her Church group. Then I saw her a year later at my mom's funeral in Texas. When I think of Cynthia I think of gentle grace, caring and considerate - she was the perfect definition of what I had always imagined a Lady to be. Her and I connected in that we both believe in a higher power and agreed that we were both being cared for by something greater. Cynthia was a special spirit that will be remembered for her divine feminine way of being. I feel very grateful that she graced my path during her time here and that I was able to witness such a feminine presence as a young girl.

Joellen Phillips

June 12, 2021

I had the privilege of working with Cindy while at B&W. She was a true "lady". Kind and gentle. Our husbands shared the same birthday and also similar health issues. I would tease her and say there should be a lemon law.

Rest in Peace my friend!

Ruthann Cuneo

June 10, 2021

I will miss seeing Cindy at church each Sunday.I will miss not being able to share books with her. I will miss her delicious cole slaw salad she would often bring for lunch on Sunday.
I remember her beautiful back yard and the wonderful dinner we enjoyed there once.It was like being on a tropical island.
The trumpet vine Cindy gave me is doing well.It will always remind me of Cindy.The vine is beautiful and graceful just like Cindy.

Geri Dixon

June 9, 2021

We had so many wonderful times walking, talking, a lot! Along with coffee, of course. Will miss you always. 💖
I know you are with Jesus now, just didn't know it would be so soon! 😞
Love you, Sis ❣️