Genevieve (Jerri) Lynn Graveley-Quartey September 23, 1942 - May 10, 2022
Genevieve (Jerri) Lynn Graveley-Quartey, 79, of Missoula, died peacefully on Tuesday, May 10, from natural causes with her family by her side. She was born in Deer Lodge, Mont., on Sept. 23, 1942, the second of three children, to Arnold and Elizabeth (Betty) Graveley. Jerri grew up on the family ranch while attending school in Avon. She later attended Powell County High School after the family sold their ranch and moved to Deer Lodge. On Jan. 19, 1960, Jerri married Robert (Bob) Townsley in Deer Lodge. After brief stays in Deer Lodge, Livingston and Great Falls, the young couple settled in Missoula where they raised their four children. As the children got older, Jerri ventured into the working world and began to make her mark. In 1973, she found herself as host of a local talk show called “Coffee Break,” interviewing local personalities covering various topics. Three years later she founded Jerri Townsley Employment Agency. Her entrepreneur spirit became a staple of her life, owning several businesses, not only in Montana, but also the Seattle area. She purchased a fulfillment business from her former employer in the late 1980s and proudly called it the Timmus Company and began a 23 year business relationship with Choices Education Group, a non-profit organization headquartered in Seattle. Known for her exquisite flair in fashion, she enjoyed trying new things and seeing new places, including escapades to Uzbekistan and West Africa. She loved spending time with family and friends. She was a terrific mom, and she treasured the tight bonds she had with her children as they were her life. Her children, grandchildren and great grandchild alike, there was never a day that went by that she did not brag about all her beautiful babies. Jerri is preceded in death by her parents Arn and Betty Gravely; and sister, Sharon Tamke. She is survived by sister, Linda (Dave) Treadwell, Boise, Idaho; daughter, Tracy Knight-Missoula; sons, Bob Townsley, Bozeman, Wayne Townsley, Missoula, and Todd (Donna) Townsley-Missoula, along with 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. A celebration of her life will be held on June 25 in Missoula. A special thanks to Mary and all of the wonderful people from Riverside Health & Rehabilitation, and the folks with hospice, who helped take care of our Mom during her final days.
Death Notice Jo Etta Slayton, 73, of Elliston, Mont., died Saturday, May 14, 2022. Simple Cremation Montana has assisted the family. To view the obituary and share remembrances, visit: www.SimpleCremationMT.com.