Vervia Gabriel-Knowles
After a courageous battle with cancer, Vervia Gabriel-Knowles died on May 17, 2015 at her home in Granite Falls, Wash. Her daughter, Kim was by her side. Vervia was born January 20, 1945 in Burbank, Calif. to Albert and Audree Beman. The family moved to Oregon in 1947, where Vervia grew up. In 1964 she moved to Los Angeles to live with her grandmother, Vervia Kidson, whom she loved and admired. Vervia earned degrees and certifications from the University of California at Santa Barbara, University of Washington and Western Washington University. Vervia dedicated her professional life to public education for thirty-one years. She joined the Granite Falls School District in 1999 and served as a Director for Special Programs, Human Resources, Business and Operations, and Career and Technical Education. She was particularly proud of being a founding member of the High School Eco Team. Her grant writing skills and support helped put Granite Falls' students on the international stage and prepared them for acceptance at some of the most prestigious universities in the nation. Prior to retiring in 2011, Vervia was the Assistant Superintendent of the Granite Falls School District. Vervia remained highly involved in the Granite Falls community and served as an officer and board member for numerous non-profit organizations. She became a co-owner of the Mountain Loop Express, a local online newspaper upon retirement. Reporting local news was one of her passions and she considered it her primary responsibility to the community. Vervia is survived by her daughter, Kim Delma (Jeff); partner, Kevin Knowles; brothers, Greg Beman (Nancy) and Ron Beman; closest friends, Carol and Bridgette; and her beloved herding dogs, Abby and Jake. Friends and family are invited to attend a celebration of Vervia's life on May 30, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. in the Granite Falls High School Performing Arts Center. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Vervia Gabriel Memorial Scholarship; c/o Granite Falls School District, 205 N Alder Ave.; Granite Falls, WA 98252 or to Providence Hospice and Home Care Foundation of Snohomish County.

Published by The Herald (Everett) on May 24, 2015.
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Here is the link to the presentation shown at Vervia's memorial. I miss her.
Catherine Anderson
June 9, 2015
I will always remember Verve, she was a great friend and classmate. She was a beautiful person inside and out.
Diane Cooper
June 1, 2015
Vervia was my buddy, many times she was my date; she always brought honesty along with promise and inspiration; but in addition to being my buddy; I considered her a teacher, I loved her and I miss her.
I bet you can think of some things you learned from Vervia, but here are just a few that she taught me:
•Start early and Go long Move your buns
•Go beyond expectation and always have a plan for tomorrow
•Be awake (and if you are not, grab some caffeine)
•Be thankful for good friends; even better if a good friend has dark chocolate and red wine
•Eat your veggies and it's better if you grow your own
•Be approachable and get involved
•Take responsibility for all your actions take responsibility for your community help those around you take responsibility too
•Complain less, no excuses, if you lose don't lose the lesson
•Be courageous - don't give up remember always having a plan for tomorrow??
•Be resourceful and resilient - take plenty of risks have fun
•You don't always have to be politically correct
•Consciously experience every moment of the present and
•Let your smile come from your heart
Vervia also ask me to share a lesson with you, that she learned along the way, and that is:
•She hopes you let go of anger and bitterness and sorrow don't dwell on hurt. It can take away your happiness. It doesn't mean you have to forget or forgive, but her wish for you is that you always embrace hope, gratitude and joy.
June 1, 2015
I am so saddened to hear about Vervia. She was on my interview team when I was hired in Lake Stevens 25 years ago. I have thought of her often through the years: her smile, her laughter, her humor and most importantly the shoes she always wore to match her outfit. My condolences to the family and friends her loved her all these years!
Valerie Moore
May 31, 2015
Vervia, was such a great administrator we could always have a good laugh with her.I will always remember her beautiful personality and smile. Thank you Vervia, for all you did to make the world a better place. Love you.
Hedy Schlaht
May 30, 2015
Vervia was more than a light in the darkness. She had the gift of kindling a light in others. Now in her absence, her light shines through all those she touched and inspired. Thanks to her, the world is a better place.
Jude Anderson
May 29, 2015
Vervia was one of the finest educators I ever met. Her work with the staff at Marysville Middle School helped us to improve student assessment results. Teachers loved her. It is truly sad she is no longer with us.
Pete Lundberg
May 28, 2015
To my dearest friend. The 21 years I spent in the Northwest was the best time of my life. We were such close friends and had so much fun together. Those great memories will remain with me forever. Rest in peace my dear friend. My sympathy goes out to all of Vervia's family. My thoughts are with each of you.
Jeanette DiMora
May 28, 2015
I knew Vervia years ago when she worked in Lake Stevens School District and to this day, I haven't worked with a better administrator. I was so sorry to read about her passing. My thoughts and prayers go out to her daughter and friends. May your wonderful memories of her help you through this difficult period.
Laurie Schreiber
May 26, 2015
Oh such a loss, but the individuals and communities she touched will forever keep her memory alive. Love and strength to Keven and family.Dwight & Pam
May 26, 2015
My thoughts are with Ron and Greg. I hope your many good memories ease the pain of your loss. I last saw Vervia at our class reunion 3 years ago and was struck by her ageless beauty.
Virginia Wilson Burke
May 25, 2015
Sorry to see you go Vervia. You lit up our life back then as I'm sure you have done for others along the way. May God bless your family with great meaningful and happy memories.
John Champ
May 25, 2015
I am so saddened to hear of Vervia's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends. Vervia was a terrific educator always putting children first. She was so FUN to work with, always able to lighten up a difficult situation. We always admired her "can do" spirit when it came to getting things doneI smile when I think of her building her house with Kevin and wearing her construction belt! Rest in peace dear Verv! Chriss Burgess
May 25, 2015
Our sympathies go out to Vervia's family in this time of deep sorrow. I have many fond memories of growing up with her and Ron in the 50's.
John and Carol Jaksch
May 25, 2015
Such a lovely lady, inside and out! She made it fun to go to work. A true inspiration!
Patti Cartmill
May 24, 2015
Thanks for making the world a better place and being a great friend.
Skip Bogenoff
May 24, 2015
My sympathy to Vervia's family and close friends. She was a lovely person .
Cheryl Ghelardi Miller
May 24, 2015
Our deepest sympathies to you and your family. May you be comforted and find peace in the knowledge of God's grace.
Delmer & Pam Smith
May 24, 2015
Mentor,inspiration, friend. In our hearts forever.
Cynthia Blakeslee
May 24, 2015
Thanks for being a good neighbor and friend during our school days. I remember the fun times.
Ray Novosad
May 24, 2015
Mentor, inspiration, friend. Forever in our hearts.
Cynthia Blakeslee
May 24, 2015
She was a shining light in the CHS Class of 1962 and is now a special angel watching over those she loved. Remember the happy times.
Glenda Hull
May 24, 2015
A mentor, an inspiration, a friend. Will remain in our hearts forever.
Cynthia Blakeslee
May 24, 2015
It is hard to find words that will be of any comfort. I can only ask God to touch the hearts of all who loved her. May He ease the pain as we remember the joy she brought to the lives of everyone whose path crossed hers. Special thoughts and prayers to you, Kim, Bridgette and Carol. You were so good to her and made her burden so much lighter as she travelled from her to there.
May 24, 2015
I love and miss you so much it hurts. I hope your happy and flying with the birdies mom. Visit me in my dreams...
Kim (daughter) Delma
May 24, 2015
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