The two Boise women who died Sunday in a motorcycle accident were kind, loving people who would extend a helping hand whenever anyone was in need, friends and family say.
“Whenever she would go home from work, before she would leave, before she would go out the door, she would say, ‘Miss your face,’ ” said Laura Flynn, Melissa Gavard’s friend and supervisor at the Stinker Station at 10677 Ustick Road. “If you would say, ‘I love you,’ she would say, ‘Love you better.’ ”
Angie Davis also was a naturally generous person, according to friend Debbie Lowe.
“She’d work a full day, and she had a neighbor that needed her roof repaired, after work she’d go over and help her,” Lowe said. “She just was always doing that kind of stuff.”
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Davis, who grew up in New Plymouth as the eldest of five children, worked at BMC West, a roofing contractor in Boise, according to her sister, Jennifer Bourasa. Davis had lived in Boise for about a dozen years, Bourasa said.
“Angie was into everything,” Bourasa said. “She was just a nonstop type of person. She lived every moment fully.”
“Riding her bike, camping and hanging out with her granddaughter were her top things to do. She raced motorcycles as a child and played every single sport.”
Davis, 44, and Gavard, 36, died at the scene Sunday evening after the motorcycle Davis was driving crashed near the Garden City intersection of Ustick Road and 43rd Street. Police haven’t said what caused the crash, which is still under investigation.
Family members believe the women were on their way home from the Sweet-Ola motorcycle ride, auction and barbecue to benefit The National League of POW/MIA Families.
The two women were “best friends ... always together,” Bourasa said. They were part of a group of women who hung out together and took regular trips to fish, hike and enjoy the outdoors, Lowe said.
“The camaraderie — just awesome,” Lowe said.
Gavard’s sister, DeAnn Jackson, called Gavard “an amazing woman, mother, sister, aunt, cousin and best friend.”
“Every life she touched, she made an impact on with her laughter and kindness,” Jackson said in a Facebook message. “Our family is devastated from this loss.”
Gavard had a son and daughter, according to a Melissa Gavard Memorial GoFundMe page that raised more than $2,600 in its first day to help the family cover expenses..
Davis had a 19-year-old son, Tristan Davis, of Boise, and an 8-month-old granddaughter, Bourasa said.
Lowe said that Davis had struggles in her life but that recent months were happy for her, with a new grandchild and a connection with Gavard that was special.
Davis loved her new motorcycle, Lowe said, and saved for a long time to afford it.
Davis was firm about wearing helmets, she said, so it surprised her to hear that neither woman was wearing a helmet on the fatal Sunday ride.
Lowe admitted that she is still reeling: “It just broke my heart. Everybody who knew her knew what a wonderful person she was.”
Flynn shed tears when she spoke of losing Gavard.
“She had a heart of gold; she would help anybody,” she said. “Everybody loved her.”
Services for Angie Davis are set for 2 p.m. Saturday at Christian Life Fellowship in Ontario.
Service information for Melissa Gavard was not available Wednesday.