Myra. Sawyer 77, the daughter of the late Claude and Louise Cousins was born on September 9, 1941 in Norfolk, Virginia. She departed this life on Tuesday, October 2, 2018. She was a wonderful mother, caring grandmother, thoughtful great grandmother, loving sister, special aunt, and had a giving heart.
Myra received her education in Norfolk Public Schools. She was part of the Class of 1958 at Booker T. Washington High School. She received her GED from Norfolk Adult Learning Center.She enjoyed helping others and looked for opportunities to make a difference. Her doors were always open to help those in need of food and shelter. Myra was known for her famous potato salad at family functions and giving everyone ole school Christmas candy during the holidays. She loved to crochet and enjoyed making scarfs for everyone.
Myra retired from the Naval Supply Center, Naval Base Norfolk, VA as a Materials Handler. She received several rewards for “Highly Successful” Performance and Recognitions for Outstanding Service and Support. Her leadership, professionalism, and influence impacted many lives.
She was predeceased by her husband Joseph Sawyer, two brothers Claude Cousins, Sr. and Leslie Cousins. She leaves to cherish her memories, her six children, Michael Cuffee (Tonya) of Bristow, VA, Pamela Gay of Norfolk, VA, David Cuffee of Norfolk, VA, Andria Cousins of Hampton, VA, Deborah Payton of Norfolk, VA, and Lisa Ellick (Andre) of Chesapeake, VA, 6 siblings, Maxine Cornegay of Oklahoma, OK, Louis Cousins, Sr. (Deloris) of San Antonio, TX, Claudette Rice of Norfolk, VA, Larry Cousins (Jackie) of Virginia Beach, VA, Lloyd Cousins of Fort Lauderdale, FL, and Andria Cousins of Hampton, VA, 12 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren, and a host of cousins, nieces and nephews.
FOREVER IN OUR HEARTS!
You demonstrated unconditional love on a continual basis. You made sure that we had the best that life had to offer. You instilled in us the importance of education and pushed us when we wanted to give up. You knew just how much advice and guidance to give. You gave us the best childhood anyone could ask for. You were an amazing mother who made the most of every event. We will always cherish the memories of our weekly outings such as days on the beach with pottage meat and crackers and the drive-in movies with our hotdogs. You showed us how to have fun no matter what the circumstance. We will remember the cookouts and birthday parties that you made fun for everyone. Your love reached out to extended family, friends, and strangers. You knew how to reprimand (LOL) and make everyone feel special. You taught us how to make the most of every opportunity and how to stand our ground. You groomed the daughters to be respectable young ladies and the sons to be strong men. Your impact was GREAT and we will never forget how much you mean to us. You gave us laughter to the very end of your life. We will remember all you taught us. Although we will miss you so much, our love for you will FOREVER be in our hearts.
We love you momma! Rest in Heaven. You earned your wings!