April 23, 1953 ~ February 4, 2022

Born in: San Antonio , Texas
Resided in: San Antonio , Texas

Our Beloved sister, aunt, niece, and friend Cynthia P Rivas passed away peacefully February 4, 2022. Born April 23, 1953, in San Antonio Texas to Constantino and Juanita (Garza) Rivas. Born into a hardworking salt of the earth family Cindy was not afraid of a challenge and at times was a force to behold, a huge powerhouse in a petite body. After graduating from Providence high school, Cindy worked as a security guard to pay for college, her little brother once joked that the gun she carried was bigger than her. After earning a Batchelor’s in Science in education and a Master’s in Education from Southwest State University, Cindy began a 25-year career at Edgewood ISD as an Elementary teacher advancing to Elementary Counselor and then District wide Counselor. Traveling every weekend to Texas A&M Kingsville for a year she earned her Master’s in Science Education Administration, her proudest achievement. Cindy, always an advocate for her students, made many contributions to the advancement of the Edgewood ISD counseling department. After her medical retirement in 2002 she continued substituting at Churchill for a few years as her health allowed.

Cindy was a generous spirit, full of love and a positive attitude. She had an easy laugh, a big smile and was a delight to be around. She loved spending time with family and friends on trips to the coast, visiting out of state family and friends and entertaining a packed house during holiday and birthday parties she hosted. She truly enjoyed those special times with her nieces, nephews and sponsoring a few through Baptism, First Communion or Confirmation. Time spent on trips to museums and parks, shopping jaunts or simple weekend sleepovers. Many of these excursions included teaching and life experiences along the way, As taught BY CINDY!

During the last few years, she kept in touch with family and friends sending special event cards which almost always included a personal note from Cindy.

John Steinbeck wrote “It seems to me that if you or I must choose between two courses of thought or action, we should remember our dying and try so to live that our death brings no pleasure on the world.”

Cindy definitely lived that life. She was a servant of the light and did her best to make it shine wherever she went, in her career as counselor, as sister, as aunt, God mother and friend.

She was a beautiful person, but the world didn’t lose any of the light she cast during her time on this earth. It is reflected in all of us that had the honor to know her.

Preceded in death by her parents, her brothers Rene Jose, & Gino Gerard, sisters Cedelya Inez & Deborah Uriegas. She leaves behind her sister, Celinda Mackay and brother Richard (Marilyn) Rivas, brother-in-law Robert Uriegas, nieces and nephews Sheila Phillips, Jennifer Rivas-Ortiz, Joyce Flores, Leslie Mackay, Tristan Rivas, Gino G Rivas Jr and Jacob Rivas, aunts, uncles and cousins, co-conspirator cousin Gloria Chaupette and God-daughter Gigi Chaupette, great nieces, nephews, close friends and her recent roommate Olga.
Celinda wishes to convey her love for Cindy, whom she will miss greatly until they meet again. A special mention to all her caretakers throughout the years and her most recent ones at the Atrium.

A rosary will be celebrated on Thursday March 3 at 10:00 am with Mass to follow at St Jerome Catholic Church 7955 Real Rd SAT 78263

Cards and memories may be sent to PO Box 2005, Adkins TX 78101

Services

Rosary: March 3, 2022 10:00 - 11:30 am

St. Jerome Catholic Church
7955 Real Rd
San Antonio, TX United States

78263

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