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Elizabeth Gail Gravette

1926 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Elizabeth Gail Gravette Obituary
Elizabeth Gail Bege' Gravette January 28, 1926 - July 15, 2016 La Jolla, California Elizabeth Gail Bege' Gravette passed away peacefully, July 15, 2016, surrounded by her loving husband of 69 years and family, after a brief hospitalization.A wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Bege was born and raised in Spokane, Washington. She graduated valedictorian of her North Central High School class and went on to attend Washington State University (WSU).A natural leader, Bege was very active at WSU, serving as President of the Associated Women Students, and participated, over her four years there, in many groups and boards including Spurs, Mortar Board, Omicron Nu (an honor society for students in human sciences), Who's Who, and Kappa Alpha Theta. She graduated from WSU in 1947.On July 12, 1947 Bege married her husband, Ellis Trent Bud' Gravette, Jr., and moved to Chelan, Washington. While living in North Central Washington, Bege and Bud became very active in the community and also began raising their family of 3 children: son, Ron, daughter, Marcia, and son, Don. Bege and Bud pursued their dream of living a big, full, interesting life, building and following a career path, leading them to reside in Seattle, Washington; San Francisco, California; Birmingham, Michigan; Tucson, Arizona; La Jolla, California; New York City, New York; Rancho Mirage, California; ending their journey of life together back in La Jolla, California.Over the years, in each of the different communities where they lived, Bege put her natural leadership skills to work in a humble, soft-spoken, and kind manner as a community volunteer: setting up a Senior Center in San Mateo, CA; serving on Parent Teacher Association boards; volunteering with Kappa Alpha Theta alumnae groups; serving as chairman of docents at La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art and President of Las Patronas in La Jolla, California; serving as chairman of the volunteer fundraising arm of the San Diego Hospice for their capital building campaign as well as serving in an advisory or leadership role in a variety of other charitable organizations.Simultaneously, Bege put her homemaking skills to work in a capable, creative and talented way whether designing, remodeling or decorating the over 25 homes they lived in over the years. Bege loved her life.She had a strong guiding light and inner faith and loved her husband and family unconditionally. She was adored and revered by her entire family, and had an incredible impact on everyone she encountered. Her grandson, Clint Jespersen, said, "Part of me believes the past few years were part of her plan. She knew we all had come to rely on her more than any of us realized. She and her values and beliefs have become ingrained in us. So instead of leaving us quickly, she proposed a grace period. She knew what she was doing. Gently guiding us to the inevitable. A period where we would all come to think about the things she held important: us, and the values she worked to instill in us. We all had a chance to say goodbye. She made sure of that. That's what grandmas do. Make sure their wishes are adhered to and last for generations to come. She was beautiful. She was fun. She was the nicest person I have ever met. She was my grandma." Bege was preceded in death by her parents, Sheldon and Lucy Kiser, and her sister, Eleanor Cole and brother-in-law, Al Cole.She is survived by her dear, devoted husband, Bud Gravette; brother, Lawrence Kiser (Debbie); son, Ronald T. Gravette (Janet), daughter, Marcia G. Littler (Curt), and son Donald B. Gravette (Patty), along with 8 grandchildren: Bill Gravette (Susie), Carrie Patterson (Clay), Sheli Higgins (Ben), Clint Jespersen (Conni), Blaine Jespersen (Sarah), Kim Tyler (Kevin), Hayley Gleason (Eddie), and Aimee McAfee (Colin); a step-granddaughter (Christina Littler), and 11 great-grandchildren: Jack, Graham, Olivia, Maggie, Janie, Dean, Katherine, Alex, Grant, Owen, and Liam.A celebration of life is being planned.The family suggests memorial contributions may be made to the Las Patronas Endowment Fund (In memory of Bege Gravette) c/o Investment Committee Chair, P.O. Box 1888, La Jolla, CA 92038-1888 or a .
Published in The San Diego Union Tribune on July 24, 2016
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