In Memoriam:
Cindy Ammons Ward

from the Austin American-Statesman, 12/17/2004

Cindy K. Ward

Cindy K. Ward, age 44, of Austin, passed away peacefully after a short illness on Tuesday, December 14, 2004. Cindy loved her children. She was a skating mom. Both of her daughters were ice-skaters and she spent many early morning sessions at the ice rink. She had various jobs in the banking and title industries. Cindy wanted to be a teacher and volunteered at her children's school frequently, but she loved best staying at home and raising her children. Her grandfather Lewis Ganson precedes Cindy in death. She is survived by her husband Eddie Ward; daughters, Erin Ward and Amy Stacavich and husband Joe; son, Casey Ward; grandson J.J. Stacavich, all of Austin; brother Steve Ammons and wife Dot of Goldthwaite; parents Tom and Liz Ammons of Austin; grandmother Kathleen Ganson of Austin. The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Friday, December 17, 2004, at Harrell Funeral Home in Austin. Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 18, 2004, at Harrell Funeral Home Chapel. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Susan G. Koman Breast Cancer Foundation or the Christmas Bureau of Austin. Arrangements with Harrell Funeral Home, 4435 Frontier Trail, Austin, TX 78745 (512) 443-1366. Published in the Austin American-Statesman on 12/17/2004.

Cindy attended our twenty-year reunion in 1997. Here are her responses to the twenty-year book..

Cynthia (Ammons) Ward
2501 McGregor
Austin, TX 78745

Suggested replacement colors for brown and gold:
Nothing - not only are they a bright beacon showing me the way to a very special place I spent four of the happiest years of my life, they look damn good together!!

Current Favorites
TV show Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman and Biography on A&E
Movie Titanic
Actor Harrison Ford
Actress Jane Seymore
Super hero my husband
Cartoon character Winnie the Pooh
Band Journey, Elton John, Fleetwood Mac, Led Zepplin
Singer Yanni [composer], Celine Dion
Song "My Heart Will Go On" & "To Love You More" - Celine Dion
"Trumpet Voluntary" - Henry Purcell
Book any royalty book (especially English royalty)
Professional athlete Ekatarina Gordeava
Public figure the late Princess Diana
Board game Trivial Pursuit (all sets)
Computer game "Winnie the Pooh"
Soft drink Coke
Adult beverage Peach Brandy Sour
Vending machine candy      peanuts
Snack you name it - I like it
Restaurant "Blue Pelican" in Durango, Colorado
Vacation spot Mall of America (Minnesota) & Lake Arrowhead (California)
Car/vehicle one that works (really, my Pathfinder)
Hobby my children, reading, books, time alone with my husband, concerts     
Excuse "I have a headache."

One of my favorite memories of high school is
1975 - 1978: Being in Tex-Anns and Mrs. Daniel; the football games when I would get to perform during halftime after endless hours of hard work each week to learn the new routine, then actually performing in our gold and brown lame uniforms; the Band Jamboree in Memorial Stadium, then competition season in the spring. The Cotillion dances, Halloween carnivals at school - actually under the school in the tunnel system. My friends I made, but unfortunately don't see much anymore.

One of my favorite memories of the 'Eighties is
1982: January - my wedding; December - 25th to be exact - the birth of my first child -Amy is now a sophomore at CHS.
1984: March 16th - the birth of my second child - Erin is now a freshman at CHS.
1988: A family vacation to Southern California. Going places that I haunted as a child, for example: Griffith Park Observatory and Planetarium, the Hollywood Bowl, Rodeo Drive and the two best places - Disneyland and the beaches. Seeing these places through the eyes of my girls and husband and the excitement they felt brought an uncanny feeling of deja-vu to me. We even survived the experience of one of California's most interesting shows - an earthquake!

One of my favorite memories of the 'Nineties to date is
1993: March 14th - the birth of my third child - a son. Casey is now a kindergartner at Cunningham Elementary.
1988 - 1997 (August): Both my girls started ice skating and were quite natural at it. After about a year and a half of both group and private lessons, they started competing mainly in Houston and Dallas. They started concentrating more on private lessons and we basically spent every weekend from mid-January to mid-October each year traveling everywhere for specialized training and competitions. Both girls have won NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP INDIVIDUAL FIRST PLACE TITLES during this time. Amy has also won one STATE PRECISION SKATING CHAMPIONSHIP and one MIDWESTERN DIVISION PRECISION CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE in Detroit, Michigan, in 1996. Erin went on to gymnastics while Amy continued skating, which led to extensive traveling around the United States. The highlights of the traveling include: Colorado Springs, Colorado; Lake Arrowhead, California; Bowling Green, Ohio; Detroit, Michigan; and probably the most exciting trip was to Minneapolis, Minnesota where we (Amy's precision skating team and chaperones) went for competition and managed to include the ULTIMATE shopping spree - to the MALL OF AMERICA.

One thing I hope to accomplish over the next ten years is to
help my daughters handle the pressures that they will be facing the next four to five years, with their education, personal relationships, careers, and life choices. To be there for my son as he begins on his road in education, his personal relationships - friends, teachers, etc. To try to be a better person for my husband in both his career and our relationship as best friends and partners. Eventually go back to work, after Casey has gotten established in school and is a little older. I would also like to go to school and get a degree - in what, I'm not exactly sure right now.

If I won the lottery, I would
put most of it away - but first, I'd get a new house for my family and new cars for my husband and daughters. Then I would put my children, parents, grandmother, brother and niece, my in-laws (which include: my husband's two brothers and two sisters, their spouses and children - twelve kids with one on the way - his mother and her husband, his father and his wife, their three kids and his grandfather. TOTAL: 33 people.), on a three-month cruise in one direction and put my husband and myself on another ship going in the OPPOSITE direction to see the world, then come home and enjoy watching my children grow up and enjoy the rest of my life with my husband.