Cynthia Geels Bagby

Cynthia Geels Bagby, 56, of Fort Smith passed away Wednesday, April 10, 2013, after a lengthy illness. She was born in Fort Smith to Harold and Josephine Geels.

Cindy is survived by her husband of 20 years, Howard Bagby; and her son, Benjamin H. Bagby.

She graduated from Southside High School and then graduated from the University of Central Arkansas with a degree in business administration. While at UCA, she was an active member of Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority. Cindy helped her husband, Howard, build their oil and gas firm, Providence Exploration & Production Inc., and led the way for the business in contracts, administration and more. Cindy was an avid community supporter, extending her helpful hand and resources to The First Tee of Fort Smith, as its president, treasurer, secretary; the Fort Smith Boys Shelter, of which she was an active supporter; Second Street Live, as the founder and fundraising chairman; and Blues Fest, where she was a board member, treasurer and ongoing advocate. Cindy actively supported Union Christian Academy and was proud to have served on the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith Foundation Board. She was consequential in the development of the University’s Academy of the Arts.

Cindy’s most recent community outreach mission highlighted a belief that she has held dear for her entire life — healthy eating, nutrition and physical fitness. Her nonprofit Wellness Throughout/Campaign for Nutrition and Vitality emphasizes healthy eating and staying physically fit. Her mission has spread throughout this city in the area schools, churches and more. For her tenacity and courage in this project, she was selected for the Noble Cause Award. Her celebration for this honor is forthcoming. There are countless other area projects to help the community that she masterminded. She played a huge role in the creation of Christmas Honors.

She was a member of Shepherd’s Chapel Church in Gravette. She was very active in her study of the Bible and loved her church very much.

Memorial service for Cindy was held on Saturday, April 13 at 10 a.m. The service will occur at Central Christian Church in Fort Smith. Immediately following the memorial service, there will be a food and beverage reception.

Survivors in addition to her husband, Howard, and son, Ben, include her parents, Harold and Josephine; her brother and his wife, Jim and Angel Geels of Fort Smith; and her other brother and his wife, Mike and Annette Geels of Jackson, Tenn. Cindy had several nieces, nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews. There are a host of cousins that will share in her loss.

Memorial donations may be made to The First Tee of Fort Smith, 5800 Geren Road, Fort Smith, AR 72916; or the Fort Smith Boys Shelter, 5904 S. Zero St., Fort Smith, AR 72916; or Peachtree Hospice, 2910 Jenny Lind Ave., Fort Smith, AR 72903.

Service and cremation are under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home in Fort Smith.

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