In loving memory, Cynthia Julia Shakespeare

Cynthia Shakespeare, 59, of Riverton passed away at SageWest Hospital – Riverton on Tuesday, December 21, 2021.  A wake will be held on Monday, December 27, 2021, at 929 17 Mile Road.  The funeral will be held at 11:00 am on Tuesday, December 28, 2021, at Heritage Hall at the Riverton Fair Grounds.  Burial will follow at the Spoonhunter Cemetery.

Cynthia Julia Shakespeare was born on December 11, 1962 in Riverton, WY to Dana Garnett and Geraldine Angela (Spoonhunter) Shakespeare.  She grew up on the Wind River Reservation and attended schools at Arapahoe, Flandreau School in South Dakota, and Wyoming Indian High School.  

Cynthia was baptized into the Catholic Faith.

She was a welder’s assistant by trade and worked with her father, Dana Shakespeare, traveling to many states, Montana, Utah, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Texas, California, and Alaska.  She also had worked as a roustabout, ranch cook, and bookkeeper.

She enjoyed beading, cooking, and visiting with family and friends.

She is survived by her son, Duane G. Shakespeare, Jerome Whiteplume, Samuel Whiteplume, Rolinthunder Jessepe, Darwin Spoonhunter, Jr., Irvin Fighting Bear, and Ethan Fighting Bear; brothers, Delmont Shakespeare, Sr., Avon “Pockets” Shakespeare, Jr., Crawford Shakespeare, David Ray Shakespeare, John Spoonhunter, Chandler Shakespeare, George J. Spoonhunter and Dale Strawser; sisters, Sandra A. Shakespeare, Pamela Six Feathers, Glynnis Bearing, and Valene Smith; uncles, William J. George Spoonhunter, and Martin Spoonhunter; aunts, Marlene Nopah, Dee Cuch, and Agnes Logan; and grandchildren, Chase M Shakespeare, Talia K. Shakespeare, Arthur D. Shakespeare, and Lazaraigh Shakespeare.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Dana and Geraldine Shakespeare; brothers, Gerald D. Shakespeare and Maurice “Bozo” Shakespeare; grandparents, James and Marguerite Spoonhunter and Harry and Annie Shakespeare; uncles, Bob Spoonhunter, Reuben St. Clair, Ray Logan, Avon Shakespeare, Antonio Shakespeare, Nelson Shakespeare, and Crawford Shakespeare; and aunts, Marian Guffey, Joan Spoonhunter, Frances Spoonhunter, Charleen Hoover, Mary St, Clair, Mary Bitner, and Angela Walker.

On-line condolences may be made to the family at

Services under the direction of Davis Funeral Home.

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