Andra Suzette Gervais Dunkley
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Beloved mother Andra Suzette Gervais Dunkley passed away peacefully on April 24, 2008, after a five-year battle with cancer.
A resident of Bozeman, she was born on Nov. 12, 1944. She grew up in California where her mother,
grandmother and sister frequently moved about.
Her passion for adventure was born out of frequent family road trips and car camping to places as far away as Alaska
(via then unpaved roads). In 1967, after graduating from the University of California at Davis with a degree in mathematics,
she married Dr. David Walter Dunkley, also of Davis.
Soon after, the couple moved to San Diego, where they had two children, Shana and Blaine. There Andra started her
27-year career as a computer programmer for Computer Sciences Corp. While working, traveling and caring for her family,
Andra also completed a master's degree in computer sciences at West Coast University.
She enjoyed ski trips with her children to Park City, Utah, and Big Bear, Calif., was an avid scuba diver for many years, and was
always up for a visit to the deserts of Borrego Springs, Calif.
Later, her adventuresome spirit and love of the West led her and her children from their home in San Diego to the
mountains of Park City and finally to Bozeman.
This spirit culminated in her lifelong dream trip to Egypt to visit the pyramids in 2007 -- in the middle of chemotherapy
treatment. She was also a lifetime member of the Society of Mayflower Descendants and had a deep passion for genealogy
She will be most remembered for her spontaneous spirit, love of adventure and travel, her bravery, witty humor, and
above all, her devotion to her children as a loving and selfless mother.
She is survived by her two children, Shana Lucille Dunkley and Blaine David Dunkley of Bozeman; sister Annelle Elliott Weller (Gary) of Rigby, Idaho; half-brothers Duane Tracadas of Payette, Idaho, and Roger Tracadas of Boise, Idaho; five nieces, all of Idaho; and her faithful canine companion, Paco.
She was predeceased by her mother Lucille Loraine Grubb of Boise, and father Norman David Gervais of Hartford, Conn.
Friends and relatives are invited to graveside services gathering at 1:45p.m. Monday, April 28, at Dokken-Nelson Funeral
Services, 113 S. Willson Ave., Bozeman. Services will be preceded by a viewing at the funeral home.
Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
113 South Willson Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Apr. 27, 2008