Elva (Contreras) Graveline
1967 - 2020
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North Stonington - Elva (Contreras) Graveline, 52, of North Stonington passed away May 19, 2020, due to complications from COVID-19.

Elva was born Nov. 12, 1967, in Beeville, Texas, the daughter of the late Antonio Contreras and Dora (Perez) Contreras. Elva is predeceased by her mother and father, Antonio and Dora; and her brother, Pablo "Pablito" Contreras.

Elva worked hard as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) for over thirty years: around twenty-three years at Lawrence + Memorial Hospital, most of those years in the respiratory unit. She considered her unit, her family. Elva was a great CNA; she would always say, she had to be there for her patients, especially during COVID-19, because they did not have anyone else. Elva was a loved person by both co-workers and patients. Elva was a sweet woman, who always did for others before herself. She was kind and nurturing, with an infectious smile, and she was always smiling.

Elva loved her family, near and far, especially her granddaughters. They were the light of her life. She was the best grandmother a grandchild could ever ask for. Elva was the heart and backbone of the family. Elva leaves behind her husband, Michael Graveline; her daughters, Shelly (Jones) Crews and Felicia Graveline; her son-in-law James Crews; three granddaughters, Aria Crews, Lana Crews and Isla Crews; and siblings: Inasia (Contreras) James, Victor Contreras, Lupe Contreras (Amanda), Michael Contreras (Martha) and Rene Contreras (Hope). Elva Graveline was amazing as a mother, a wife, a grandmother, a sister and a friend. She will be loved and missed, always and forever.

Elva (Contreras) Graveline

Nov. 12, 1967 – May 19, 2020

"And now I'm glad I didn't know,
The way it all would end,
the way it all would go,
Our lives are better left to chance,
I could have missed the pain,
But I'd have had to miss the dance."
- Garth Brooks

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June 3, 2020
Dear Graveline Family: I had the distinct honor to work with Elva for many years at L&M. She would float to my floor, and she would always have a smile on her face and a great attitude no matter what was going!! She was amazing and I am deeply blessed to have known her. You're all in my heart tonight and every night since I heard of our loss. L&M was a better place to be a patient and a place to work because of Elva.
Melissa Calkins
June 3, 2020
Knew Elba all through school in Rockport and always thought the world of her she was always sweet and understanding. I will miss her and if you need anything Shelly let me know.
Homer Washburn
June 2, 2020
Mike, I am so sorry to hear about your loss. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.
Karen Parfet
June 1, 2020
Mike & Family, I can't tell you how sorry I am for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Elva was a wonderful woman. I'm really glad I had the pleasure to know Elva. She was a ray of sunshine. Always looked forward to seeing her at work. She had the greatest smile and could always put a smile on your face. Loved hearing about the family. I'll miss you. Rest in Peace until we meet again. Sleep with the angels.
Jacqueline Kayser
June 1, 2020
Mike and family,
So very sorry for your loss. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
Sheilah Graham
May 31, 2020
I want you to know how sorry I am about Elva, your wife and mother! I worked with her for almost 20 years and was always relieved when she was on my team. Even if it was a rough day, we would look at each other a laugh. I am so sorry for your loss. She was loved by everyone on 5.2. ❤
Suzanne Eriksen
May 31, 2020
My sincere condolences to the Graveline family. I did not have the pleasure of knowing Elva, a true hero. I am sure that her courage and selflessness made a difference in many peoples lives.
Nancy Stuart
May 31, 2020
My condolences to the family.Im sorry for the loss of this beautiful woman! Mike just know your family at PVD is thinking of you at such a sad time.
Thinking of you,
Denise Hammerschmidt
Denise Hammerschmidt
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