Cynthia Ann Rushing died peacefully at her home on Thursday, April 16, 2020.
Cynthia was born on March 16, 1952 in Austin, Texas, the second child of Joe B. Rushing and Elaine (Whitis) Rushing.
From her earliest years Cindy (as she would always be known) showed a healthy curiosity, a trait shared with her younger brother. They were childhood playmates, friends, and confidants. While many other children of their ages were in kindergarten, Cindy and Scott were likely exploring alleys and vacant lots to discover interesting wildflowers, colorful rocks, and playing with horned toads. Cindy had great respect and admiration for all living things.
After graduation from Arlington Heights High School in Fort Worth, Cindy attended North Texas State University. Later she would study computer science at Tarrant County College. But there were always two areas that interested her most - - food and flowers.
Her chance came when she became server in an Austin restaurant. At the end of one year the owners promoted her to manager of one of their Houston restaurants and that city became her home for the remainder of her life. She embraced her work, her employees, and her customers in typical Cindy fashion - - she loved them all! Several years into food management her career took a turn when she became buyer for a company specializing in supermarket advertising.
Then came her dream job! Plants and flowers! A floral company selected her to deliver and care for plants decorating business offices throughout Houston. It was a perfect match. Her clients liked her, she liked them, and the plants thrived under her TLC. She was a certified Master Gardener.
Lampasas became Cindy’s second home more than a decade ago when she reduced her regular work in Houston to spend more time with aging parents. Her regular visits each month were anything but routine. On the drive from Houston she stopped at her favorite flower shop in Taylor and within an hour of arrival, fresh flower arrangements were in every room of their home.
Her first stop in Lampasas was usually at HEB on Key Avenue. She would buy bags of pet food to be dropped off at Lampasas Animal Shelter.
Cindy made friends everywhere. She was a lap swimmer and often accompanied her father to the YMCA pool in Burnet. She made friends from the start. One wrote, “Cindy was such a ‘full-of-life-girl’ we all enjoyed being with hd” Another said, “Such a happy person! We love to be around her:”
Cindy was perhaps best known for her daily walks on the west side. She met other walkers, greeted them all, and came to be on a first-name basis with many. Her favorite area was Oak Hill Cemetery. She found it a fascinating history of pioneering families.
One other example of Cindy’s concern and care for people was not widely known. Early each Christmas morning she left the house for downtown Lampasas. In her pocket were five envelopes, each containing a $20 bill. These she gave to total strangers who appeared to be in need of a bit of Christmas cheer.
Although no longer with us in person, her spirit will be remembered by those who knew her.
Cindy was preceded in death by her mother. She is survived by immediate family: Joe B. Rushing of Lampasas, Susann Hagen of Houston, Sherron Kulwin of Scottsdale, AZ, R. Scott Rushing and wife Silvia of Lampasas, and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.