Cynthia Marie Tisdale

Cynthia Marie Tisdale, 63, of Dickinson, TX passed away on May 18, 2018, in Santa Fe, TX.  Mrs. Tisdale was born in Thibodaux, LA on May 25, 1954, to Levy and Elsie Olinde.  Cynthia married her loving husband William Recie Tisdale, Sr. at the age of 17 and they have been married for 46 years.  She made it a point to stay at home and raise her children while her husband worked and ministered at a Baptist Church.  Mrs. Tisdale is a member of First Baptist Church in Webster.  As her children got older she decided to enter the job market where she worked different jobs throughout her life until her husband started his own business. A few years ago, William became ill and has recently required full-time assistance so Mrs. Tisdale also filled that role. She has cared for her husband every day of their lives, not to mention keeping up with a bunch of grandchildren. During the past year, she even found time to attend physical therapy most weeks with her granddaughter following a terrible accident. Her support, love, and encouragement are part of the reason her granddaughter is walking again. This past year Cynthia enjoyed helping others so much she decided to go work as a substitute teacher at Santa Fe High School working with special needs kids. She has three grandchildren that attend Santa Fe ISD and one grandchild that graduated from there and a daughter-in-law Jennifer that also works for Santa Fe ISD.  As such, the community of Santa Fe is a large part of her family’s lives. She worked at the school not out of necessity but for the love of teaching and helping others. To know Cynthia, was to know a person who lived to help those in need. Our Family loved our mother very much. “Grammy”, you will be missed.  There are no words to explain how saddened my entire family is for all those involved. Our prayers and thoughts are with everyone affected.

Mrs. Tisdale is preceded in death by her parents and her brother Robert Lee Olinde.

Cynthia is survived by her Husband; daughter Autumn Tisdale and her husband Mathew; two sons William Recie Tisdale, Jr. and his wife Jennifer and Joseph Tisdale and his wife Alyssa; stepdaughter Shannon McCoy and her husband Jon; brother Levy Olinde, Jr. and his wife Rebecca; eleven grandchildren Kayla Tisdale, Bailey Tisdale, Saylor Tisdale, Fynn Tisdale, Reese Tisdale, Abigail Tisdale, Allyson Tisdale, Myles Tisdale, Shelby McCoy, Mallory McCoy and Kiley McCoy.

There will be a visitation for family and friends from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 24, 2018, at Bay Area Church 4800 W. Main St. League City, TX 77573. A Celebration of life will take place on her Birthday at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, May 25, 2018, at Bay Area Church with Pastor Brian Haynes officiating.  Burial will Follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Dickinson, TX.  Pallbearers will be Jon McCoy, Matthew Tisdale, Dwight Baker, Jim Muller, Stephen Tisdale and Josh Blankenship.  In Lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Santa Fe Texas Education Foundation at P.O. Box 747 Santa Fe, TX 77517.


  1. My deepest condolences to the family. Res Tisdale was a vert special person in my life when I was younger
    Mrs. Tisdale used to keep my brother and I after school when they lived in Scarsdale, about 40 years ago. She taught me a lot like not to touch the burner on a stove when it’s on :0)
    She will be missed but is with the lord and will be watching over you.

    Sherrie Castro (Kramer)
  2. To the family,

    My prayers go out for you at this time of sorrow. The countless memories and words of wisdom Mrs. Tisdale shared with all will be remembered. At this time of sorrow I hope that the words promised at Acts 24:15 and John 5:28,29 can comfort in know that God promises to reunite you together again soon. I hope you remain strong and continue to rely upon one another at this time.

  3. My heart goes out to the Tisdale family. I worked with Mrs.Tisdale and she was such a wonderful lady. I know how much she loved teaching and how much she loved her family. She often would come visit her granddaughter Bailey in my classroom during the day and she always had a smile on her pretty face. She was such a beautiful and selfless person and she will be deeply missed. I am praying God will comfort this family during such a tragic time. I am praying for you all.
    Love & Prayers,
    Lacey Glover

    Lacey Glover
  4. I worked with Cynthia at a law firm in downtown Houston in the late 1990’s. Cynthia and I became fast friends. She was very kind and compassionate. I had he pleasure of meeting and spending quality time with her husband and daughter, Autumn. Unfortunately, when she and I both left the law firm, we gradually lost touch. When I saw her picture on the news, I immediately recognized her and was in shock. I pray her husband receives the medical treatment needed and that her family is able to find peace.

    Pam Uresti and family

    Pamela Uresti
  5. Recie, My heart is hurting for you and your family and the events of the last few months in your families lives. May the Lord bless and keep you in these times of sorrow and give you amazing strength to get through this sorrow! Lynda was reminding me that she drove Cynthia to the hospital to give birth to Recie Jr. back when you worked with me at Dolly Madison. That was a few years ago, wasn’t it?

    Gene Rushing
  6. My condolences to the family and friends. I am also a Thibodaux native, my grandparents were both teachers in Thibodaux, and I know how hard they worked and how much they cared about their students. This type of violence has no place in our society. I hope that her memory will live on forever with those who she knew in life.

    E. M. G.
  7. So sorry for your loss. Peace to you and your family.

    Kimberly Larsen
  8. My Condolences Go Out To This Brave Woman. She Was A Blessing With A Heart Of Gold. I’ll Keep Her Family In My Prayers

  9. My deepest sympathies go out to your family and you are in my prayers. I am sorry for the loss of your loved one.

    Linda Telfah
  10. My deepest sympathies go out to your family and friends. I worked with Mrs. Tisdale at the High School, and she was an amazing woman. Very nurturing to students, and always willing to listen. The world is a little less bright without her in it.

    Michelle Blanks
  11. Our heart hurts for you and your family.
    Thinking of you and praying for peace.

    David & Melissa Hausam
  12. My deepest sympathy is extended to family and friends. Praying for your strength during this time of bereavement.

    PJ Wade
    • May God be with the family. I recognized Cynthia’s photo immediately and was saddened! I worked with Cynthia Tisdale at a law firm in the Galleria and we clicked immediately. We became good friends during our tenure at the law firm. We became good friends outside of work also. Cynthia decided to take time off to raise her beautiful daughter, Autumn. Cynthia loved and talked about Autumn often. I hated to see her go, eventually we lost touch. She is a wonderful and very spiritual person. She will remain with us in spirit and one day we will all be reunited. Barbara DeRosa

  13. Sincere condolences go out to the family. Please find comfort and hope in the guarantee that soon death will be no more (Rev. 21:3,4) and the exciting promise that those we have lost will be reunited with us again. (Acts 24:15 & Ps. 37:29)

  14. I’m very sorry for your loss. May precious memories of your dear loved one sustain you during this difficult time. Her selfless example is one we can all benefit from. Remember as you grieve that our God cares deeply for your family, Psalm 147:3 reads “He heals the brokenhearted, he binds up their wounds.” Mr. Tisdale I really hope that you are able to get the proper treatment that you need and that soon your health starts to improve. My deepest condolences to your family.

  15. What a brave heroin! Teachers make the world go round – instructing and protecting our little ones as though they were their own. My heart goes out to her family, her friends, her colleagues, her students. May the promise that God will heal the broken-hearted now, and reunite those we’ve loved and lost very soon be a comfort and a strength – Psalm 147:3

    SM - New Orleans
  16. I just recently got back in town and read about Cynthia’s untimely death. My thoughts and prayers go out to you all.

    Mickey Rios
  17. I am sending my condolences to you and your family for the loss of Cynthia Tisdale. I am sorry this tragic event has happened. It is never easy to lose someone we love. Your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Soon we will no longer live in fear and will enjoy perfect health (Micah 4:3&4 & Isaiah 33:24) ♡.

    S. Snooks
  18. To Grammy’s family:

    I am truly sorry to hear of the loss of your loved one. Please accept my condolences and prayers. I will never forget Cynthia. She and I worked together at a law firm in the Galleria for 4 or 5 years and she was a great co-worker, friend and person. May God give her eternal rest and the family the strength to bear the great pain. I moved to the DFW area and just last night (May 14, 2019) our local news aired a segment about a Santa Fe family missing their Grammy. They showed her picture and was beyond saddened to see that they were talking about someone I know. Like Barbara DeRosa said, I remember her speaking about her beloved daughter, Autumn and how happy she was and how deeply Cynthia loved life and her family. I am certain that God is comforting her family during such a tragic time.
    Debbie Calvert

    Debbie Calvert

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