Cynthia Lindsey Salvato, beloved and devoted wife, mother, and grandmother made the transition from her life on Earth into the Kingdom of Love and Light during the early morning of May 13, 2022.
Cynthia was born in Fort Worth, Texas on November 18, 1940. Her loving parents were Rayford Worth Lindsey and Elizabeth Virginia Chisenhall Lindsey.
After graduating from Lamar High School and the University of Houston, she attended South Texas College of Law in Houston. She was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1972 and she practiced law in Houston for more than fifty years. She opened her law ofice where she excelled in the field of Family Law. In 2003 she joined her husband's law practice and continued to work every day at the young age of 81 years.
Cynthia was a gentle, kind, and generous spirit. Rather than giving mere financial support to the sick, poor, and downtrodden, she gave the gift of herself. She visited the sick, brought meals to the hungry, and many times she allowed those in need to live in her home until she could find them a suitable place to live. A wise man once said that a poor and homeless person was merely "Christ in a very shabby disguise". Cynthia had a keen eye for seeing Christ in these individuals when others were blind to their humanity.
Cynthia was devoted to the Blessed Virgin Mary and she prayed daily for various intentions asking for Mary's intercession before the throne of God. Cynthia left this world at 1:30 a.m. on the feast day of Our Lady of Fatima. Obviously, Our Lady wanted Cynthia to come early for the heavenly festivities.
Cynthia was a loving and committed mother to her only child, Stephanie Elise Martens. They communicated on a daily basis sharing their thoughts, hopes, joys, and sorrows. They were both overjoyed to share Mother's Day together on the 8th of May.
Cynthia was married to Mark Salvato for 25 beautiful years. Cynthia and Mark were constant companions and they deeply loved each other. Cynthia's father warned that working together would ruin their marriage because, "being together all day long is not good for a husband and wife." Her father was usually right when he made a prediction, but he was wrong on that one.
Cynthia was never a "stepmother" to Mark's children. She treated them with the same love, kindness, and compassion as she would treat a biological child. Mark's children are Gina Salvato Goff (John), Michael Salvato (Tracy), and Mary Salvato. Gina and Michael lived with Cynthia and Mark for many years as they attended high school and college. Cynthia has nine grandchildren: Trapper Cook, Clementine Martens, Julie Goff, Mark Goff, Gwendolyn Goff, Claire Salvato, Jack Salvato, Henry Salvato, and Lauren Ivy.
Cynthia is also survived by her younger sister, Julie Lindsey Gaylord (Heinz), and also by her nephew, Eric Gaylord, and her niece, Amy Gaylord Beaver.
A celebration of Cynthia's life will be held at Bradshaw-Carter, 1734 W. Alabama Street in Houston from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 28, 2022. A prayer service will commence at 1:30 p.m. to be followed by the sharing of memories by family members. We will then have a social gathering with happy conversation, good food, and beverages. Friends and family are all invited to attend.
Cynthia is not gone. She will always be with us.