PALM BAY, Fla. – It is with great sadness we announce the peaceful death of our mother, Audrey Alice Dunker, 85, on March 18, in Palm Bay, Florida
She was born Oct. 22, 1931, to Richard Earl and Effie Ellen (Harmon) Marshall in Springfield, Colo. The Marshall family moved frequently while Audrey was growing up trying to make ends meet as they struggled to cope with the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl and World War II. Audrey married her beloved husband, C.R. “Tuffy” Dunker, on June 14, 1951. They later moved to Wyoming to raise their family.
Audrey loved spending time with her family, traveling, gardening, reading and learning new things. She was a legendary cook and her family especially loved her famous cinnamon rolls. She had the most precious laugh and smile. She had a unique ability to overcome adversity. She leaves a legacy of generosity, love, friendship and joy that will be missed by her family and friends.
Audrey is survived by her five children; Leanna (Tim) Slagowski Palm Bay, Fla.; Jim Dunker, Palm Bay, Fla.; Richard (Judy) Dunker, West Palm Beach, Fla.; Mitchell (Julie) Dunker, Corpus Christi, Texas; and Robert (Rhonda) Dunker, West Palm Beach, Fla.
Audrey was blessed with and loved 37 grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. She is also survived by her three brothers; Thomas (Ann), Palmer Lake, Colo.; Robert (Anita), Commerce City, Colo.; Wallace (Lois), Macon, Mo.; sister-in-law, Anne Marshall, Greeley, Colo.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, three infant sibling brothers and her brother, Royce Marshall.
A celebration of Audrey’s life will be held on June 10, 10:30 a.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 116 4th Street, Mountain View.
“God saw the road was getting rough the hill too hard to climb he gently closed her weary eyes and whispered ‘Peace be thine.’ If memories bring us closer, we are never far apart because you’re always in our thoughts and forever in our hearts.” Authors unknown.