OBITUARY

Cynthia D'Ann Smith

September 13, 1957November 14, 2020
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Cynthia D’Ann Smith was born on September 13, 1957 in Pasadena, TX to Monroe Ben Mewis and Verna Faye Hauck. Her father was a homebuilder so they lived in several different beautiful houses that he built across south Texas while she grew up. She graduated from La Porte High School in 1975 before attending Sam Houston State University to study Education. She later graduated Sam Houston Summa Cum Laude and went on to have a very fruitful and enjoyable teaching career. She began as a first grade teacher and later taught reading intervention at Sheldon Elementary for 31 years before retiring. Still to this day she could sing you a fun phonetic alphabet song that she used to teach countless children to read, including her two girls.

In 1985, she met the love of her life, Chuck Smith, who she married on May 31, 1986. According to her she knew he was it after the first couple dates, but Chuck took over a year to actually propose. Go figure. They had two girls, Emily Alyse and Amy Catherine, who they raised together in their Pasadena home. They were married for a wonderful 25 years before Chuck passed away. Many people don’t know how she went on, but she did.

She was an active member at Clearpoint Church in Pasadena, TX for many years where she volunteered as a greeter on many a Sunday morning. Matthew 22: 37-38 says, “The Lord replied, ‘Love the Lord God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment.’ “ and boy did she LOVE God. It showed in the way she loved her husband, her girls, her family, her friends and even strangers.

Cindy was a woman who always had a smile on her face, bent over backwards for anyone who needed something and didn’t know a stranger. She had a caring and loving nature, which anyone who encountered her would quickly agree with. After speaking with anyone for five minutes she knew their whole life story - Why? She genuinely cared and wanted to get to know people. When she became “Grammy” in 2017 she said her life became better than she ever knew it could. She loved all her grandchildren fiercely and it showed.

Nothing with her was empty. If she offered to make you dinner, take care of your puppies or take you to lunch, she meant it and followed through. She did everything with joy and a smile. That’s not to say she wasn’t often exhausted, but for her it was well worth it. She knew, perhaps subconsciously that her special gift was to take care of people, and that she did well.

She is greatly missed and will be for as long as people who know her are still alive, but we can rest in the Hope of the Resurrection.

She is preceded in death by her mother and father, Monroe Ben Mewis and Verna Faya Hauck, and her husband, Charles Patton Smith. She is survived by her daughters: Emily Alyse Montellano, husband Stephen and their daughter Adaline Alyse; and Amy Catherine Richard, husband Kevin and their two boys Charles Everette and James William; and her younger sister Lisa Cannon, husband Dale and their children Ben and Ava.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Stephen Montellano, Pallbearer
  • Kevin Richard, Pallbearer
  • Ben Cannon, Pallbearer
  • Dale Cannon, Pallbearer
  • Clint McGlynn, Pallbearer
  • Mark Richard, Pallbearer
  • Richard Follis, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Mike McGlynn, Honorary Pallbearer

Services

  • Family to Receive Friends

    Thursday, November 19, 2020

  • Celebration of Life Service

    Thursday, November 19, 2020

  • Virtual Celebration of Life Service

    Thursday, November 19, 2020

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  • Graveside Service

    Thursday, November 19, 2020

Memories

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Melinda Sosnik

November 19, 2020

Cindy had the kindest spirit that always made you feel loved. Prayers for comfort and peace for her daughters and family. Cindy was loved by all and will be missed.

Chavez Kiti

November 19, 2020

My condolences to Amy and Emily. My heart hurts for you. I pray for your peace and comfort. Your mom was a gem but I think you two know that. We will see her again. I love you girls. Im here for you if you need me. Love you and God bless you and your family.

Charley Elgin

November 19, 2020

It is with a sad heart that is share these words. Cindy was such a dear friend to Martie and me. Nearly since we arrived shortly after Hurrican Harvey made landfall, we have known Cindy. We count her among our best friends, ever. She made us feel welcome and loved. I remember when she asked to help with a Harvey home rebuild. I agreed and asked tht she caulk the trim on the new doors inside the house. I gave her a cauling gun, showed her how to use it, and sent her off. A short while later I asked how she was doing. She came into the room sheepishly with caulk covering her hands and arms - even some on her face. I asked no questions and we all had a good laugh with Cindy. We only recently had lunch with her and nearly had to twist her arm to let us pay for the meal. She loved to bless people. Thank the Lord that we share an eternal hope. We know this is not goodbye but see you later. We are praying for her sister, her daughters and their families. A difficult time for certain. We will not attend the memorial service due to COVID concerns but will be watching the streamed version. God Bless You all. Charley and Martie Elgin

Trisha Greenwood

November 19, 2020

Emily, Amy, family and friends... I’d like to share this poem I wrote to give you hope and let you know your Mom and Dad are in a heavenly place together with no pain!

I’m sure they are so proud of you girls, just as proud as I am. You’re blessed to get your strength and beauty from your mother! She was a wonderful person and she will be missed.

Gail Sanders Nidever

November 19, 2020

Emily and Amy, family and friends,
All of our lives were enriched by knowing Cindy. She and I met while attending Katy Elementary School in the 60’s. From that time and on, she was one of the kindest people I have ever known. After the Mewis family left Katy and moved to LaPorte, Cindy and I kept in touch by phone and summer visits into our high school years. When we began adulting and parenting, we kept in touch as much as we could. Even if several years would go by without a visit, it was as if no time at all had passed.
Memories:
Many, many sleepovers.
Staying at her grandparents, in Bellville, and crawling under their fence to attend the fairground carnival. Playing in their hay barn.
Horses, poodles, and Barbies.
Playing school. Cindy was probably the teacher!
Biking all day and then crabbing off the piers near the marina.
Attending church together.
Prank phone calls.
Giggling about boyfriends.
Neil Diamond concerts.
A weekend get-away in Wimberley.
Annual Christmas cards with pictures of her two beautiful girls!!
And in recent years, her gift to me, was a friendship with Robin.
Cindy will be missed, but the memories will live on.
Prayers for her loved ones.
Gail

Karen McNamara

November 19, 2020

Cindy was absolutely the kindest sweetest soul I ever met. She truly was an angel on earth. Her love for her family was evident in all she did. She had a zest for life and a beautiful smile. Always willing to help in anyway she could and always had a kind comforting word when you needed it most. Many a sad time for me, Cindy would give me encouraging words. She certainly is enjoying her heavenly reward , as her faith in our Lord was always strong and was her compass through life. She will be missed forever. ❤️

Jean Blais Oliver

November 19, 2020

I met Cindy through a mutual friend, Debbie Clark, and although I didn't know her well I can attest to the fact that she did always have a smile and pleasant demeanor. I am sure she will be missed by her loved ones. May she rest in peace.

Mark Richard

November 19, 2020

I met Cindy when Amy began dating my son Kevin. She always had a hug for me and she always would ask about things going on in my life. She is a dear friend I will miss. I love her daughters and their families. I pray that all of you will always remember the good times. Cindy is a sweet, sweet angel and a very fine Grammy.

Sherry Mahana

November 19, 2020

Cindy was one of the nicest people I've ever met. She always had a smile on her face, and she loved her girls and grandkids so much. I spoke with her two weeks ago after a few years of not seeing each other. It was like we never missed a beat. I can't believe she is gone. But she will never be forgotten. My prayers for her family during this very difficult time.

Debbie Clark

November 19, 2020

My heart and prayers go out to the family left behind of our dear, sweet friend, Cindy. The world will miss her as she never met a stranger. She always took the time to stop and talk and always was interested to hear what was happening in everyone’s lives . She was generous, loving and always had something nice to say. She adored her family and friends with all of her heart. I am so glad she was a part of my life for nearly 40 years. I will miss her smiles and laughter and our times spent together. I love you, Cindy. ❤️

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