Bunny Albers was born March 3, 1936 in Glasgow, Montana to Edward and Doris (Calkin) Gomoll and passed away at her home in Bozeman, Montana on Aug. 27 from renal failure.
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Bunny married William Albers in 1951 and they had six children: James (Linda), Fort Benton; Carley Dube (Roy), Rosalia, Washington; Lauri Jewett (Matthew), Fairfield, Connecticut; Mark (Lorelei), Great Falls, Montana; Deana Lloyd (Ben), Bozeman; and Denis, Great Falls.
She married Robert Purdy in 1995. He passed away in 1999.
Bunny is survived by five grandchildren, Laurel Ponzoha, Lauren Jewett, Lane and Dalton Albers, Amber Albers; great-granddaughter, Kaycee Glass; brother, Larry Gomoll (Merrilee) of Great Falls; and numerous nieces and nephews. Bunny was preceded in death by her parents, sister, Karen Thompson, and brother, Gary Gomoll.
Her early life was spent at Fort Peck where her father worked on construction of the Fort Peck Dam. Later, the family moved to a ranch south of Fort Benton and she attended a one-room rural schoolhouse, where she and two of her siblings were the entire student population. The family then moved to Loma where she completed her elementary education before going to Fort Benton for junior high and high school.
After her marriage to Bill, they lived on the Albers homestead in Pleasant Valley. They also had a home in Fort Benton.
In 1980, Bunny moved to Great Falls, attending the College (University) of Great Falls and graduating with honors in Sociology and Political Science in 1984. She was active in Great Falls and made many lifelong friends through her involvement with the Great Falls Public Library Foundation, Neighborhood Housing, Women in Transition at the YWCA and Leadership Great Falls.
Bunny was also a member of KEEP (Kellogg Education Extension Program) and Montana Friendship Force. These activities enabled her to travel to South Korea and she was fortunate to have been one of the early American visitors to the People's Republic of China. She loved to travel and enjoyed her time in Europe and India.
She moved to Bozeman in 2014 and was living there at the time of her death.
Bunny was a gourmet cook, gardener and an extraordinary flower arranger. She was an inquisitive and avid reader and discovered her talent as an artist, painting for her enjoyment and the enjoyment of her friends. Bunny was an accomplished Reiki master, taught many classes and practiced the art for many years. She was an exceptional counselor and friend to a huge number of people who will mourn her passing.
A memorial service will be held in Great Falls at a later date. Remembrances can be sent to The
(www.kidney.org) in Bunny's name.
Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service. www.dokkennelson.com
Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
113 South Willson Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Aug. 30, 2015