Instiller of Love
Cynthia Motus-Wilson was a people person, according to her husband, William Wilson, and their daughter, Cynthia Motus-Chan. "She was very caring," Mr. Wilson said. "A small woman, five- foot nothing. But a heart bigger than Alaska."
Ms. Motus-Wilson, 52 and the head receptionist at International Office Centers Corporation in the World Trade Center, was proud of the culture of her native Philippines but had recently become an American citizen. She was an accomplished craftswoman, creating everything from delicate flower arrangements to wall hangings. She was about to move with her husband into her first house, where she would have a studio, in Warwick, N.Y.
After her death, Ms. Motus-Chan and her brother Braulio Jose found a loving note from their mother attached to a life insurance policy and adorned with a drawing of a smiling face. She had highlighted her request that the two take care of each other. "She really trusted myself and my brother," Ms. Motus-Chan said. "This is still hard. But it's easier because she made us independent and strong."
Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on December 30, 2001.