Marion K. “Cissy” Cavin

December 18, 2013 • Obituaries


Cavin-1Cissy Cavin, 85, of Roswell, passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, in Lubbock, Texas. A memorial service celebrating her wonderful life will be held at 3 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013, at New Mexico Military Institute Chapel in Roswell, with Father Dale Plummer of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church officiating. A family gathering will be at Ballard Funeral Home on Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

She was born on Oct. 17, 1928 in Galveston, Texas, to Rosswell Joseph Keller and Marion Alberta Reed Keller. Cissy also has two sisters: Jane K. Hime of Dickenson, Texas, and Betty Gibbs of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., who has preceded her in death. Cissy and her two sisters all enjoyed singing at the Trinity Episcopal Church in Galveston, where they were active [auth] members. She graduated from Ball High School in Galveston and then attended the University of Texas, where she pledged Kappa Alpha Theta and later attended Baylor University. She was married to the love of her life, Sealy Hutchings Cavin, also of Galveston, for 65 years and he survives her at the family home in Roswell, where they have lived since transferring from Ft. Worth, Texas, in 1954.

She belonged to DAR, Assistance League and was very involved in St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church as well as being a vestry member. She started St. Andrew’s Episcopal Day School in 1955 and continued to be very involved with the school for over 30 years.

Cissy loved life and lived it with great energy and spirit. She was the passionate matriarch of her family and took great pleasure in ensuing their happiness and success. She also loved her friends, many of whom were lifelong and she was always the first person to come to their aid in times of crisis with food from her own kitchen or anything else that was needed.

She was famous for her cooking and baking expertise and even at 85, had great enthusiasm for creating new “goodies” and getting them to people she cared about. She was a great friend and benefactor too many charitable organizations in Roswell and in earlier years gave of her time unselfishly to many of them.

Cissy is survived by two daughters and three sons. Listed with spouses, they are: Elizabeth and John Thomasson, of Lubbock, Texas, Sealy and Synda Cavin, of Albuquerque, Candy and Jim McClelland of Roswell, William Cavin and fiancé Kim Meeks, of Roswell, and Blair and Kerry Cavin, of Roswell. She is also survived by 12 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

The family wishes to extend their sincerest thanks to all of the wonderful, kind and competent doctors, nurses and caregivers that worked so lovingly and diligently to raise the quality of her life and thereby, extending the time we all had share with her. We will be forever in your debt.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent Cissy’s favorite charities: The Assurance Home, 1008 E. 18th St., Roswell, NM 88201 and Roswell Humane Society, 703 E. McGaffey, Roswell, NM 88201.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory. An online registry can be accessed at

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