Welcome to the
memorial page for
February 24, 1952
~ January 28, 2022
Cynthia Watkins was born on February 24, 1952 (with twin Sandra), in East Orange, New Jersey to the late James and Ruth Watkins.
Cynthia attended the Newark School System, where she graduated from Barringer High School in 1971. Cynthia then became employed in the telecommunications industry for more than 30 years; beginning at Bell Labs as a typist and then transferring to AT&T where she worked as an Administrative Assistant in the Human Resources department. Upon the breakup of the Bell system, Cynthia became an employee of Lucent Technologies where she remained until retirement. In addition, Cynthia worked at the law firm of Riker, Danzig, Scherer, Hyland, Perretti LLP as a legal secretary and also worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant.
Cynthia departed this life on January 28, 2022 at the Paul Kimball Medical Center in Lakewood, NJ. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
She was preceded in death by siblings, Sandra, Sarah (Peachie), Judith (Judy), Linda, James, John (Tee Tee) and William (Billy).
Cynthia leaves to mourn her passing, one son, David Watkins (Poncho) one stepson, Ronnie Hooks Jr. (Peanut) a “daughter in love,” Lauren Montgomery (her twin’s daughter), god-daughter, Natasia Scales, three grandchildren Jhen-Ille Reaves, Davion and Kirsten Watkins and three great grandchildren. She also leaves her brother Alfus Johnson of North Carolina, sister Jean Sampson of Texas, brother Thomas Watkins of California and a host of family who will miss her greatly.
“Cindy” was well loved by all and in addition to her natural family leaves her “No Limits” church family and dear friends in New Jersey, Ohio, California, Texas, Pennsylvania, New York, Maryland, Washington, Georgia and Virginia who will all treasure the moments they shared with her throughout her life. Cindy truly “never met a stranger” and was blessed with the ability to connect with people on a personal level everywhere she went. Our world has forever been changed, but we are thankful for the time God allowed.