Cynthia Finch Mayes was a caring mother, grandmother, sister and friend to many. She left this world August 25, 2021 holding the hands of her three daughters; Amie Voss, Krystle Rakers, and Kelsey Rocco, and spouse Greg Gallegos after fighting hard for over two years against pancreatic cancer.
Cynthia was born in Casper Wyoming to Janice [Finch] Brown and Norman Harms September 21, 1951. She changed her middle name from Kay to Finch to carry on her Grandfather’s name and legacy. Her father used to sing to her “que sera sera - whatever will be will be - the future’s not ours to see”, which became one of her favorite sayings the last couple years.
Cynthia loved to travel and was proud of the fact that she had visited over 25 different countries. She lived in Thailand for about a year, and one of her favorite trips was a trek completed with her family in Nepal. Most recently she was fortunate to take many trips with her friends (adopted family) and family. Mom was always planning and looking forward to her next trip. She valued experiences with people much above material objects.
Being a grandma was also an important role for her. She had one of the biggest sweet-tooths and loved making cookies for, and with, her grandchildren; Lucianna, London, Lincoln, and Layla. Her four legged grand “kids” Sammy Cat, Tango, Annabelle, Memphis, and Thore (Thoreo) also regularly received her love and attention.
Thanksgiving and Christmas were always her favorite times of a given year. She celebrated these holiday seasons by spending time with friends and family, and by preparing traditional recipes for us all each year. Mom loved traditions and made sure all of her “girls” learned the most important ones to carry on.
Cynthia also had a love for music and the outdoors. She played clarinet and piano, and passed her passion for music onto her daughters and grandchildren in different ways. Whether it was through dance and singing, or encouraging them to play instruments as well, music was close to her heart. We often picked berries, went on walks, hikes, planted flowers, and generally enjoyed the peace of being outdoors. Cynthia was described by others as caring, supportive, positive, encouraging, and most of all loving.
Mom wanted people to celebrate her life and be happy when remembering her. She chose to be cremated so that her ashes could be spread in her favorite places; “anywhere in the ocean”, and the Pedro Mountains with her spouse in the future. We will be having a positive remembrance and celebration of life at some point during the next year by visiting one of mom's favorite places near the ocean.
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While we will always miss mom, we will keep our hearts filled with memories of her and always remember the vibrant light she brought to all of our lives. We will smile with each thought of her, knowing her love for us and ours for her continues on.
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