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Cindy Lynn Dennis


Last updated 6/9/2020 at 10:10am

Cindy Lynn Dennis

Cindy Lynn Dennis, age 48, small business owner and passionate lover of dogs, passed away Wednesday, April 8, 2020.

Cindy was born October 22, 1971, in Biloxi, Miss., to Ned and Edna Dennis. She grew up in the Enterprise, Ala. area with her family. Cindy graduated from Enterprise High School, where she was a force on the Belles of the Blue Knights Drill Team. She attended Enterprise State Community College.

After school Cindy's interests inspired her to relocate to the big city of Atlanta, Ga. There Cindy worked first in the restaurant industry and later in real estate, all the while supporting her local community through community service and making many close, lifelong friends. When the real estate market bottomed out in the late 2000s Cindy, always one to look forward for success, directed her energy into starting her own pet care business.

Cindy always had a passion for pets and especially dogs. She ultimately directed this passion into two thriving pet businesses, Polly's Pet Care in Atlanta and Spring Valley Farm Dog Care in Pisgah Forest, N.C. She poured her heart and soul into SVF, as owner, working all aspects of the business to craft SVF into the verdant, pastoral doggie boarding and daycare facility it is today – "5 Acres of Fenced Fun, and a Creek too!" Days for Cindy started at 6 a.m. and ended only after the daily "nite-nite" pup let out, well into the dark of night.

But Cindy was never all work with no play and would often entertain guests at her home after a full day of work. Her move to the beautiful mountain environment of Pisgah Forest had enabled Cindy to fully embrace other life interests including spending quality time with friends, gardening, landscaping, Hiking with her dogs, fishing the local streams, and group mountain Biking. Cindy's verbal disdain for pedaling her 'Tall Girl' bike up a mountain trail – but sheer shrilling delight when zooming down one – still reverberates on the local trails.

Cindy was a fan of local music, art, and the farm-to-table ideal. A gracious supporter of local color and businesses, Cindy regularly attended performance events for music and art, and championed the "shop local" spirit by frequenting local stores, markets and restaurants. Cindy never once left a tip less than 25 percent and would always shove fistfuls of cash into a band's tip box.

Cindy's seemingly endless energy and drive were apparent to everyone who served along with her in the community service organizations for which she tirelessly and selflessly contributed. Highlights include multiple years of chairing Atlanta's Neighborhood Planning Unit 'D', chairing her historic neighborhood's steering committee, volunteering for the PATH Foundation, and serving on the Board of the Friends of the Ecusta Trail.

Love wins. Hard work. Tough-love. Toe-to-Toe. Stove-up. Multi-task. Resilience. Strength. Tenacious. Driven. Eye for detail. Multi-dimensional. Beauty. Modest. Grace. Smart. Funny. Wry. Gracious host. Green thumb. Haiku. Skylab. Get stinky! Pumpkinhead. Rhonda. Tall Girl. Ride downhill. Play in the creek. Pretty sunset. Dogs. These are some of the things for which she will be remembered.

Cindy was preceded in death by her father, Ned, mother, Edna, and beloved pup, Fermina. She is survived by her sister, Dinna Spears, husband, Neal, and nephew, Shane; brother, Fred, wife, Kim, and nephews Michael, Benjamin and Joshua; brother, Edgar, and wife, Patricia; her beloved dogs Izzie, Polly Voo and Kenya; and loving friends and dogs too numerous to mention.

Cremation is being performed by Asheville Area Alternative Funeral & Cremation Services.

Cindy's ashes will be dispersed at Carolina Memorial Sanctuary in Mills River, NC, and other locations, on yet to be determined dates.

A Celebration of Life for Cindy will be held later this year.

Donations are encouraged to the following organizations, which Cindy personally supported:

Charlie's Angels Animal Rescue https://www. charlies

St. Baldrick's Found-ation https://www.stbaldr

Friends of the Ecusta Trail https://www.ecusta



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