Cynthia Gay (McDonald) Goracke, 52, of Basin, Wyoming was born on December 28, 1969 to Edward Orval and Zelma Ellen (Rhodes) McDonald in Marysville, California. She died suddenly at her home on February 3, 2022.
Cynthia was a student at Marysville High School, later earning her associate degree in nursing from Butte College in 2004. She earned her bachelor of science degree in nursing from the University of Missouri.
Cynthia’s passion for helping others led her to become a nurse. She enjoyed communicating with her patients and hearing their stories. Cynthia was a traveling nurse for many years, which allowed her to indulge her passion for travel. She finally got her dream home with a cabin and land for her beloved animals and was working from home for Ensemble Health Partners at the time of her death.
Cynthia had many passions. She was known for her elaborate rock garden which she created with Tom at their home. She loved the state of Wyoming and always admired the beautiful sunsets. She loved all animals, feeding wild birds and taming the squirrel that lived in the tree in their yard. She loved the warm sun, beautiful flowers, gardening, beautiful clouds, hiking, camping, cooking, hunting rocks and elk huts as well as fishing and hunting elk. She had a passion for finding teepee rings and artifacts. Every day was full of life and adventure for Cynthia. She found sunshine on the cloudiest days.
She was predeceased by her parents, her brother, Vernon McDonald and her beloved dogs, Biscotti and Atticus.
Cynthia is survived by her beloved husband, Tom Goracke, of Basin, Wyoming; daughter, Erin Honeywell and her unborn granddaughter of Vernon, Connecticut; son Brendon Randolf; grandchildren Lucy and Evie of Decatur, Tennessee, and Michael Morris of Hays, Kansas. She is also survived by Tom’s daughter, Ashley Goracke and grandson Kholter Goracke of Gillette, Wyoming. Survivors also include her siblings, Edward (Sherry) McDonald of Marysville, CA, Liz (Dave) Baggett of Yuba City, CA and Margaret (Terry) Burr of Lovell, Wyoming and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, February 12, 2022 at Ten Sleep Mountain View Assembly of God Church with Pastor Brandon Weddle officiating. Visitation for family and friends will be at the church one hour before services. Cremation will take place after services and an interment will take place at Ten Sleep Cemetery later this summer. Memorial donations can be made to the New Hope Humane Society and sent to PO Box 524, Worland, WY 82401. Online condolences can be made at www.bryantfuneralhomeonline.com.