You’ve heard it said, “You can never go home again.”
Well, an East Texas woman, Cindy Ann Trimble has defied that thinking in big and at times, dangerous ways. Her earliest memories are of being in her father’s stained-glass studio and growing up alongside his art. In the process, she discovered her own artistic expressions and moved to Los Angeles in 1987.
Cindy flourished in the world of cosmetics and makeup artistry, creating custom blended makeup for Hollywood Stars at Neiman Marcus in Beverly Hills for many years, before leaving to travel as a National Makeup Artist. Simultaneously she did print modeling, studied and worked in the arts of; commercial acting, improvisation and film. California sparked endless creativity, along with a passion for healthy living. She became passionate about Nature’s ability to heal our bodies, advocating the art of healing through Chinese and Rainforest Herbs. Her love of nature was fostered by her mother at an early age.
Texas called her home in 1996 and eventually lead her into the Swiss World of Mechanical Timepieces, traveling Regionally and Internationally for another decade. After years of flying around the country, and the passing of her Grandmother, Lorene Venable in 2014, the time to return home had come. Home to family dynasty her family built over a span of more than 100 years.
Upon arriving back to Tyler, she discovered many unexpected squatters making her home, their home… the snakes, wild bees and other of nature’s creatures were easy to co- exist with. The two-legged species were not as willing to move out. Being of stock who certainly never backed down from a challenge, Cindy pulled on her big girl boots and in no time, everyone knew were home was not!
Cindy is now enjoying a legacy of a treasured family forest. And although countless family treasures have been stolen bit by bit through the years, Cindy realizes the true treasures are the rich plant and animal life that thrives on the family land called, “Happy Valley.”
The land was originally purchased by, Major John Dean, who bought the land with Confederate Coins and built a home for his family, a second home for him, a church that still stands and donated a cemetery where generations of family lay. Cindy’s great grandparents, Jim and Emma Venable purchased the Dean home in 1910, although family had been in Smith County prior to 1850 and considered a first family in the area. The Dean Home of 1897 was a first brick home in County.
From 1910 until a devastating fire destroyed the residence in 1986, it was home and haven to a family rooted in Texas pride, strength and dedication. The fire set the family on a new path that left a beautiful 100-acre estate to become pickins for wild critters and poachers, with no regard to private property, until the return of heirs. Cindy, with the help and support of family, specifically her aunt, Judy Venable the one goal became: take back, clean up and stake claim with to their heritage for future generations.
Little was it known how demanding that would be. What was thought to be an easy slide back into town, turned into a real Wild West Saga. Cindy is standing tall, with trespassers mostly gone, except for the ones that slither and buzz. These she has made peace with, seeking to protect them in new ways for the next generations. She is home to write her memoirs, enjoying the world of art in all its forms.
– Written, August 2016, by Bea Rigsby Kunz. She watched my journey on social media of uprooting from Dallas, through the initial transition home and asked to write this article.
– Edited June 2017 by Cindy Trimble.