Cynthia Laureen Watson
January 14, 1947 – September 5, 2021
Cynthia Laureen Watson
Born Cynthia Laureen Jones, on January 14, 1947, to Herman and Darline Jones in New York City, NY. The eldest born to this union, Cynthia accepted Christ through baptism at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Flushing, NY. As a child, she enjoyed traveling to visit family in Texas and Chicago during the summertime. She matriculated through the New York public school system attending P.S. 20 and graduating from Flushing High School.
Born into a family of educators, Cynthia learned at an early age that she was passionate about helping children. She attended college at Virginia Union University where she obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Education. It was there on Virginia Union’s campus where Cynthia became a charter member of the Eta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. in 1967. A nonprofit business and professional organization for women, Cynthia furthered her commitment to serving others while continuing her education.
During a summer trip to Texas, Cynthia was reintroduced to and eventually fell in love with a family friend, Richard Watson. The two enjoyed a long-distance courtship and at the age of 21, Cynthia and Richard were married on December 28,1968, at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Flushing, NY. Cynthia completed her degree in education in May of 1969 before joining her husband in Kingsville, Texas.
With an intense love for reading books and her passion for helping young children, Cynthia became a school librarian at Harrell Elementary in Kingsville. Her role as a librarian served as a stepping-stone to her becoming a teacher at Harrell Elementary. Cynthia remained an educator in Kingsville for many years. Cynthia and Richard welcomed a son, Stephen, on October 8, 1974. In January 1978, the young family set their sights on new opportunities and moved to Austin. Before the end of the year, another son, Michael, was born on December 4th.
After the move to Austin, Richard and Cynthia became charter members of Covenant United Methodist Church in 1980. The birth of their daughter, Nicole, was soon followed in the fall of 1982. During this time, Cynthia continued to cultivate her career as a teacher within the Austin Independent School District. Cynthia taught at various schools throughout her tenure with A.I.S.D. including Cook Elementary, Oak Springs Elementary, Summit Elementary and Dobie Middle School before retiring in 1999.
Over the years, Cynthia took to several different hobbies. In her downtime, she enjoyed putting together puzzles, traveling, reading, quilting, and becoming the family historian. She had an innate love for African American history, culture and literature and was diligent in sharing these interests with her children. These collective interests that started largely as taking photos at family events and documenting the family history, led Cynthia to extensively research and eventually copyright and publish this information in her own books.
In retirement, Cynthia reconnected with her first love of serving others through the church in various groups: Covenant United Methodist Women, the weekly quilting group, Thursday morning Bible study, the Bereavement Committee, and the coordinator of Alpha Meals. She also made time for her weekly lunches with her dear friend, Barbara Stegall, and stayed connected with other close family and friends regularly.
Cynthia was a devoted daughter, an unwavering wife, ferociously protective mother, and a doting grandmother. She was a connector of people and a catalyst within their lives.
After a courageous battle with cancer, Cynthia went on to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on September 5, 2021. She was surrounded by her loved ones as she made a peaceful transition.
Cynthia is preceded in death by her father Herman Lee Jones, brother Herman Lee Jones, Jr., and sisters Beverly Ann Puryear and Patricia Arline Jones. She leaves behind her mother Darline Aquila Clark-Jones, her husband Richard Watson, sons Stephen (Rhianna), Michael (Jamie) and daughter Nicole (MacArthur), along with grandchildren Carter, Collins, Christopher Watson and MacArthur Davis III. Cynthia also has a vast host of family and close friends left to cherish her memory.
- Cynthia is preceded in death by her father Herman Lee Jones, brother Herman Lee Jones, Jr., and sisters Beverly Ann Puryear and Patricia Arline Jones. She leaves behind her mother Darline Aquila Clark-Jones, her husband Richard Watson, sons Stephen (Rhianna), Michael (Jamie) and daughter Nicole (MacArthur), along with grandchildren Carter, Collins, Christopher Watson and MacArthur Davis III. Cynthia also has a vast host of family and close friends left to cherish her memory.
Saturday, September 18, 2021
Cynthia Laureen Watson
September 18, 2021
I would like to extend my deepest sympathy in the loss of Cynthia, my very sweet and loving cousin. We entered one another's life nearly 20 years ago (for the first time) and made up for much loss time we missed over the years. I will miss her dearly; the many conversations, the fellowship and her laughter. May God give peace, strength and comfort to my remaining cousins Richard, Steve, Micheal, Nicole, Aunt Darline and the many family and friends who knew her. Praying for God's richest blessings over your lives.
September 17, 2021
Oh Mrs. Watson I’m heartbroken hearing of your passing. You were my favorite teacher and I will always remember how kind, caring and strong you were. Prayers to you and your family. May you Rest In Peace.
September 16, 2021
I am so very sorry to hear of Cynthia's passing. She and Richard have always been the kindest, most welcoming friends since we began attending church at Covenant United Methodist. I have always looked forward to seeing her when we attended in person before the pandemic began. We will all deeply miss her smile and good cheer. Richard and family, you are all in our thoughts, prayers and hearts. I know Cynthia will continue to smile on you forever.
Col Henry Hodge
September 15, 2021
Deepest Condolences to my Friend for Life and his Family. Many years ago Richard and Cynthia provided my son and I a place to stay when he first reported to UT. Richard and Cynthia were on his speed dial. Much Love! Hank and Mary
Teresa Mosley Brookins
September 14, 2021
Cynthia was an amazingly talented 3rd grade teacher at Summit Elementary to both of our kids Heather & Travis. She helped our kids tremendously as we learned of their dyslexic disabilities and how to get them over the initial hurdles. She laughed with me as Heather volunteered me to be home room Mom. Cynthia will forever be our family’s favorite 3rd grade teacher. We were blessed to have met her & Rich! Our love & prayers are with the family during this time loss.
Kent & Teresa (Mosley) Brookins
September 12, 2021
I will miss you so much. You were my mother’s rock after her parents passed and remained her rock. I have too memories but my favorite will always be of you and mom sitting in church giggling with each other during service. I love you!
September 12, 2021
Cynthia played a part in my memories from the times she would visit Mrs Summers in Kingsville to the WAITING TO EXALE parties in Austin . My heart is broken for your family and she will be missed by many friends . God is our strengthener.
September 11, 2021
So very sorry for the loss of our special friend, Cynthia. A beautiful wife, Mother and friend.
The song of Cynthia’s rich and giving life will not end, as she has touched so many in her life and means so much to many.
May God bless and keep her family safe in his loving arms. We will meet again.
September 10, 2021
Condolences to you Richard and family. Praise God for Cynthia's life as your wife and mother. You have memories to remind you of times that you all had together.
September 9, 2021
Bless her little heart....what a sweet lady! I'm so sorry Rich...
September 9, 2021
I met Cindy when I began working for Rich. Over the last 26 years, I've enjoyed seeing her come to the office and we could chat for hours!! She had such a big heart. She would come in and show pictures of the grandkids and tell stories about them and you could tell she loved being a Grandma! To Mrs. Jones, Rich, Steve, Mike and Nikki... Cindy was a special person and will be sorely missed! My prayers and heart go out to each of you during this time. She has gone on to take her place in God's house and we will see her again. Love you all.