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Andrea L. Prentice ’77

June 18, 2021 in Yakima, Washington.

Born in Yakima, Washington, Andrea graduated from Davis High School before heading to Reed. She later transferred to the University of Washington, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in music and ethnomusicology, with an emphasis on piano. She lived in Seattle for several years and then in 1987 became co-owner and manager of Prentice Packing and Storage Company. The decision to return to Yakima and enter the family business proved significant in her life, reconnecting Andi to the Yakima Valley.  She appreciated and valued the many people she worked with during her years at Prentice Packing.

Andrea’s passion was experiencing the world via hiking and cycling. She began her travels with a solo trip to India, Thailand, and Burma, and ended walking a final stretch of the Camino de Santiago and other pilgrim trails with her beloved partner, Charles Chesney, shortly before her cancer diagnosis.

Andrea was passionate about music and continued to develop her considerable piano skills throughout her life. She made 14 annual trips to the Sonata piano camp in Bennington, Vermont, and the confidence she gained there enabled her to share her musical gifts with the Yakima community. Community engagement and support were important to her, and she gave her support to local arts and community organizations, including The Seasons Performance Hall, the Yakima Symphony Orchestra, and Yakima Music en Acción.

She is survived by her loving partner, Charles Chesney; her sister, Carol Prentice; and brother, David Prentice.

Appeared in Reed magazine: December 2022

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