Dateline: April 20, 2006
M. Spencer Gunderson, age 30, died on April 13.
Death was instant
when her car hit a trash hauler doing a U-turn on Highway 101 in Marin
Ansley graduated from
Shawnee Mission East High School in 1991, attended Wellesley College, and
graduated from University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn. Her career
started at the age of 13 working in the University of Kansas Medical
School for Dr. S. K. Day at his research laboratory. In his retrospective
address to colleagues upon leaving KU Med, Dr. Day singled Ansley out as a
person of significant importance who assisted him in writing successful
grant proposals. Ansley worked for Accenture consulting where her goal was
to be one of the youngest women partners.
Ansley married Martin
Gunderson on September 16, 2000, in Northfield, Minn. They lived in St.
Paul, Minn., Charlotte, North Carolina, and Monrovia, Calif.
In addition to her
career efforts, Ansley provided many testimonials about her 12-step
recovery at annual conventions, prison meetings, and other opportunities,
as she always encouraged others to maintain their programs. Ansley was an
exceptional speaker, providing a source of sparkle and fun at any
gathering. She is remembered as a very beautiful woman who captivated
everyone she touched, with a vibrancy and quality for life that was
From a very young
age, Ansley always talked about being 30 years old, which she did achieve
with grace and love for God and family that were beyond words.
She is survived by
her husband, Martin Gunderson, her parents, Merlin and
Jacqueline Spencer of Leawood, Kan.; her sister, Heather Spencer of Amenia,
New York; her maternal grandmother LaTrice Bell Kent of Shawnee, Kan.; and
her paternal grandmother, Alice M. Spencer of Rockwell City, Iowa.
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