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.