Streams, Cynthia T. (Mrs. Lewis)

1/19/2002

June 12, 1913-Jan. 19, 2002
 
“I lift my eyes to the hills, where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of Heaven and earth.” Psalm 121:1-2

Born to an African Methodist Episcopal minister, the eldest daughter of the late Rev. Wilfred Turner and Mimie Hurst Turner, she began this life as she ended it. She grew up in the AME Church and became a member of the United Methodist Church in adulthood with her husband, the late Rev. Louis Streams, Jr.
Cynthia T. Streams received a bachelor’s degree from Southern University and became a public school teacher. After 30 years of service, she retired from the Lafourche Parish School System, and then was hired as an Assessment Specialist. She loved children and dedicated her life to teaching and helping make this a better world. The essence of kindness, she was known to bring home children from school, whom she would “adopt”.
As a very active and devoted member of The United Methodist Church, she assisted her husband faithfully as he served various churches in the district. Serving as a Sunday school and Vacation Bible School teacher, she also participated in writing plays and programs for the children’s department. As a member of United Methodist Women she held offices and positions of leadership on the local, District and Conference levels. She was Sub-district leader of the New Orleans-Houma District United Methodist Women and coordinated an annual luncheon held in Thibodaux. She started the Juvenile Justice Ministry (where she prayed and read scripture on every 3rd Sunday and continued to be active until she became too ill), and founded the sock tree, a Christmas tree for needy children. Participating in her community, she became the first President of the American Legion Auxiliary, a member of Rebecca Order 23 of the Eastern Star, held offices in the Charming Ladies Social and Civic Club and continued to be concerned about her church and community until her death.
She leaves to mourn: a son, Dr. Michael Streams of Culver City, California and a daughter, Gwendolyn Streams of Thibodaux; one sister, Winnie T. Reece of Los Angeles, CA; one brother-in-law, Lionel Streams of Brooklyn, New York, 7 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends.
Source: Journal Louisiana Conference, 2002, Memoirs By Gwendolyn A. Streams, Daughter