Died peacefully at the Mary Potter Hospice, North Adelaide

on Friday, 10 December, 2021.


Loved wife of Peter Travers,

loving mother and mother-in-law of Neville and Sarah,

beloved Nana of Ben, Harry and Sam.


Due to restrictions, attendance at the Funeral Service is by invitation only.

The Funeral Service is available by livestream using the link provided above.

Message Board

Rob Ainslie -

Memories of University days. A gentle, lovely lady. Condolences to her family.

Helen Webb -

Dear Valda thank you for your never ending hard work, dedication and professionalism. You have always been there to support the Work Health and Safety Unit at Flinders University and we will miss you greatly.

Peter & Pauline Grinbergs -

What a great fighter ! Valda has finally lost her battle. I had a special relationship with Valda - my “cuz “. We were very fortunate to see and talk to her on her last day. Sweet dreams, dear Valda.

Luci Tenvoorde (Lenz) -

I admired Valda greatly. Inspirational, gentle, beautiful lady, Rest in Peace. Condolences to Peter and fam.

Sean Graney -

My thoughts at the moment are with Valda's family. I still remember the first time we met which was in the first week of July 2007 and I still cherish our last conversation in the first week of November 2021, which from memory revolved around the demise all the wonderful old furniture from Flinders over the years. Thanks for all those wonderful conversations over time, on so many different topics. Always enjoyed your company and support. Sean xx

Nina Lindner -

I was saddened to hear of Valda's passing. One of my memories of her was her dedication to her work at the University, even through her health challenges, but my other memory was her dedication to family and her passion for travel. I remember her proudly showing me the online photo book she made on her ipad of her grandkids. And we had a few enjoyable conversations about travel - many of which inspiring the planning of our own itinerary. She will be missed and will be forever part of the Flinders family.

Paul Davis -

Vieglas Smiltis to Valda. In Latvian culture, after someone passes and moves on to the "other side of the sun," one wishes for the deceased to have "vieglas smiltis," which translates to "may the sand be light" or "let the earth not weigh heavily upon her”

Ron Slee -

Valda has been a dear friend to so many of us. At this sad time, I think back to how proud her parents, Luiss and Ruth Jukums, were of their daughter: her achievements at school and university, at work, throughout life, and especially her son, Neville, who they doted on. They did not live long enough to meet Nev's three sons but they would have been proud that Valda was a loving and devoted Nana, adored by her grandsons. Vale Valda.

Joanne Barker -

I met Valda 28 years ago at Flinders University and was fortunate enough to form enduring connections with her which went well beyond the time of my employment there. It has been a privilege to be included in special events in Neville’s life including seeing first-hand Valda’s joy in being a grandmother to his three beautiful sons. It has been an honour to share birthdays and special celebrations with the family. Vale Valda, I will miss you.

Helena Reid -

Thank you Valda, for your friendship with the Latvian Lunch Group. Your warmth, care and interest are appreciated. Deepest sympathy to Peter and Family.

Matt Lindner -

Thank you for all your friendship and support, not to mention your wisdom shared over the years I have known you and your dedication to people and your work. It has been an honour to know you and a pleasure to have those chats about life, passion for travelling (including the help with our Japan trip), challenges and the good times sharing a laugh or two. Many fond memories. You will be sadly missed. I hope to carry on being as strong and kind as you have been.

Glenys Badger -

I remember Valda from Year 12 at Unley HIgh. I wanted my hair cut like hers.Very trendy! I'll try and find a photo. Glenys Badger (nee Moule)