Cynthia Denise Smith

Cynthia Denise Smith (Gregg), a tireless animal rescuer and dedicated mother, entered into eternal rest on October 17, 2021.
Cynthia was born to RuthAnne Gregg (Davis) and Rex Gregg in Borger, TX on April 22, 1962. The family settled in Amarillo, TX.
As a young woman, Cynthia worked at Boots ‘N Jeans in Amarillo. She later spent many years working in the apartment industry. Though she held various jobs during her life, her greatest job was that of mother to her daughter, Anastasia.
Cynthia is known for her dedication to rescuing animals and working within the rescue community. During her life, she rescued countless dogs from euthanasia and saved many homeless animals throughout the Texas Panhandle.
Regardless of an animal’s appearance, emotional trauma, abuse, or physical ailments, Cynthia welcomed them into her home with open arms. She was a mother to the most unwanted of animals and changed countless lives due to her work and example within the animal rescue community.
Cynthia spent her final years on this earth-loving on her grandchildren, spending time with her husband Jimmy and caring for her animals.
To her family, she was the ultimate defender. Her sisters remember her as fearless and inconceivably compassionate to those she loved.
Cynthia is preceded in death by her first husband, James Penna; a nephew, Brandon Gregg; and her mother, RuthAnne Boutwell.
She is survived by her husband, Jimmy Smith; daughter, Anastasia Penna Avila and husband Beau; granddaughter, Izsobella Shenefelt; grandson, Cecilio Avila; granddaughter, Ayden Orozco; grandson, Christian Orozco; stepdaughter, Monica Smith; father, Rex Gregg; sister, Deona Fisk; sister, Rexanna Long and husband Danny; nephews, Michael Gregg, Austin Myers and Parker Fisk; and a niece, Bailie Myers.
Cynthia is also survived by a number of friends in the animal rescue community and her furbabies Tessa, Gunner, Max, Chase, Nicky and Momma Kitty.
The family will celebrate Cynthia’s life during a private memorial.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks all inspired by Cynthia to adopt or foster a rescue animal, donate to a local rescue organization or rescue the next animal you find in need.

8 Replies to “Cynthia Denise Smith”

  1. I have known Cindy and the Gregg Family since the 4th grade. We were always close like family through the years. Cindy was by my side daily when I was in ICU for over a month. She was definitely a friend for life. Even after I moved to Dallas, I would come back to visit and we could all pick up where we left off the last visit. Rest in peace my dear dear friend. You were one of a kind !!!!!

  2. I first met Cynthia when we were little girls living across the street from each other. Even back then, she had a passion and love for rescuing animals. Her sweet spirit and inspiration will stay with me always, and has led to us adopting many rescue dogs thru the years. Sending prayers of comfort to her family and the rescue community. She will be dearly missed.

  3. It has been a long time since we talked in person, but Cindy was one of my best friends when I was young. We reconnected on Facebook and I am so sad to see this post. I spent nights at the house when i was young and have such fond memories of the family. I’m so sorry for your loss. Love and prayers.❤️🙏🏻 Tonia Theriot (Fancher)

  4. I only met Cynthia in person once, but I met her online so many times in her tireless efforts to rescue animals in need. She pushed me (and I am sure many, many others) to step up and join her in the effort. All of us grieve her loss are thankful for knowing her. I hope her family can find comfort in this sad time. Please know she will always be with you.

  5. Cynthia ….. she was one of a kind!
    I’m so sorry for your loss just know she loved her family above everything. I loved her dearly.
    My prayers will be with y’all during this time.

  6. I will never forget the time Deona was taking care of Devin , and CC came ove r and gave my infant chocolate cake and a cherry lime ! That was CC !! Love and miss her much !!

  7. I never met this beauty lady.. but her heart and love for animals transcend to my area DFW.. I shared her animals everywhere. I will miss seeing her rescue’s. And all the love she had for them. Rest well dear friend that I never met .. but our hearts 🐾🐾 we’re linked! Praying for her family..

  8. I never had the pleasure of meeting Cynthia in person but I know her through the animal rescue world. She has helped us save many Boxers and I am so sad she isn’t with us anymore. She was a wonderful woman. My thoughts are with her family and friends.

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