CYNTHIA HOOTEN

Cynthia (Cyndi) Christine Hooten Turner, 52, born Oct. 5, 1960, tragically died January 11, 2013, in Austin, TX. She was sitting at her desk at her home office and appeared to be asleep. Autopsy results are pending. She grew up in El Paso. Attended Bonham, Radford, and Scotsdale elementary, Eastwood High, UTEP, and UT Austin, where she earned a degree in Marketing. She was a Brownie, Girl Scout, Rainbow Girl (Worthy Advisor), DeMolay Sweetheart, Eastwood Trooperette, Sun Carnival Princess, and Maid of Cotton contestant. Attended Skyline Ranch Y Camp near Cloudcroft, NM, five summers (where she learned to ride horses), St. Paul's United Methodist Church, and Young Life. She developed her own very successful business called AfterWords based in her home in Austin. It was a professional transcribing and certified document production business. For example, her clients included many Texas state agencies, Austin PD, the FBI, college students, and professional entities. She provided employment for other at-home women who could do the work on a contract basis for her. She loved animals and over time rescued cats, dogs, and horses. From her home and garage she created and operated PetNuts, an organization which emphasized rescuing abandoned kittens and cats. She rescued and found good homes for over 2500 animals. She was an experienced scuba diver and loved to explore the underwater world. She mastered sign language and taught at the school for the deaf. She was a teacher and sponsor of a series of self-help courses called "Understanding Yourself and Others (UYO)." She was predeceased by grandparents Christine and Fred Dudding of Albuquerque; Grace Bull Hooten, home economics supervisor of the EPISD, and W. J. Hooten, editor of The El Paso Times 1940 -1970; by Aunt Gracie Hooten Gates, and Uncles Richard Dudding and Lloyd Dudding. Survived by her daughter, Desiree Grace Rousseau of Austin; husband Kyle Turner of Dallas; parents Virginia and Charles Hooten of El Paso, El Paso County Commissioner 1981 -2000; Brother Chuck Hooten of Reno, NV; Aunt Joyce and Uncle Bill Hooten of El Paso; Uncle Jim Dudding of Albuquerque; and numerous extended family members. Christine loved life greatly and lived it fully although she had to contend with a bipolar condition for much of her life. That was not fair. We will always love you and miss you very much, our precious, generous, talented, highly intelligent, beautiful, and wonderful daughter. May God hold you in His loving arms, Christine. We are proud of you! A private celebration of her life was held. Memorial contributions may be made to the Animal Rescue League of El Paso, any other animal welfare organization, or the and would be appreciated.


Published in El Paso Times from Jan. 26 to Feb. 3, 2013