Beverley Joan Knudsen

March 6, 1931April 3, 2021

Falmouth- Beverley Joan Knudsen, 90, passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by her loving family on Saturday, April 3, 2021.

The daughter of Clyde and Viola (Gilliatt) Cushman, she was born in Portland Maine on March 6, 1931. She was a proud Deering High graduate, class of 1949, and was very involved in class events throughout the years. After high school she attended Colby-Sawyer Junior College in New Hampshire. Because of the war she returned home and continued her education graduating from Westbrook Junior College on Stevens Ave. She was one of the proud people who went from kindergarten to college without ever leaving the street.

After college she joined a local ski club where she met her future husband N. Richard Knudsen. They met in February of 1953 and were married on August 29th of the same year. Skiing was something they enjoyed doing together their whole life.

After marriage they settled in Falmouth to raise their family. They owned and operated the Knudsen Studio Shop, where Richard had a studio, and Bev ran a gift shop. They operated the store in the Falmouth Shopping Center from 1962-2003. When they were not working at the store they enjoyed skiing and boating on Casco Bay.

Beverley was a member of The Episcopal Church of St. Mary the Virgin in Falmouth. She was also an active member of the Altrusa Women’s Business Organization. She enjoyed traveling and volunteering, reading to preschoolers at the Reiche School in Portland. The thing she loved the most was being with her family, whether in Falmouth or Georgia.

Beverley was predeceased by her husband Richard of 49 years, and her brother Bruce Cushman.

She is survived by her daughter Kimberlee Wing and her husband Michael of Greensboro GA, her son Erik Knudsen and his wife Catherine of Falmouth, her grandchildren, Kirsten Protos, Jenny Kennedy, Neils Knudsen, and Kurt Knudsen, and her 9 great grandchildren. She is also survived by her lifelong friend Gay Carbonneau, and her good friend and neighbor Alice W. Jones. Beverley’s family would like to offer a special thank you to her faithful caregiver Kim Hobbs. They would also like to thank Homecare Assistance Caregivers, Rachel Darling, Michele Moran, and Shirley Stowell, as well as all of the caring staff of Beacon Hospice.

A private graveside service will be held in July.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to a charity that was close to Beverley’s heart, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Souper Supper Ministry (memo line) or at


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Beverley Joan Knudsen

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John Elliott

April 15, 2021

Erik & Kimberlee and families, I don't know if you remember me from Folkins Family Reunions in New Brunswick, but I have fond memories of your mother from such times - as well as her parents. I just heard today of her passing. I want to offer my condolences. I also want to let you know that about a week or so before her 90th birthday, I had a sudden impulse to call her and we had a wonderful chat. I'm so glad now that I did.
Please let me know how I can keep in touch with you in future. My email is included with this message.

Betsy Jo Whitcomb

April 8, 2021

Bev worked for Ellen and I at Falmouth elections together. She was one I could always depend on. I also worked with her on Falmouth Historical Society activities and I always learned a lot from her and was happy to have her wisdom at the board meetings.
Betsy Jo Whitcomb

Patricia Robinson

April 7, 2021

Kim, Michael, Erik and Cathy-

Thinking of you all at this difficult time. Bev was always so kind and nice whenever I saw her. She was so proud of her family and grandchildren and great grandchildren.
May the sadness you now feel soon be replaced with all the happier memories.

Mark and Patti Robinson

Pam Protos

April 7, 2021

Mim had the most serene view of Casco Bay from her house. It’s no wonder, then, that she remained there until her last breath. I felt privileged to know Mim for these many years brought together by PJ and Kirsten’s marriage. Always gracious, always ready with a story or words of wisdom; her wit and strength of character were amazing.
Many condolences to Kim and Erik , their families who knew her the best and others, like me, who were honored to have her as a friend.

Pam Protos

Benjamin Krokosky

April 7, 2021

So sorry to hear of Mrs. Knudsen's passing. She was very nice to me my entire life and was a joy for my mother and grandmother to have as a neighbor. I was glad my children got to meet her. She will be greatly missed.

Sharon Chamberlain

April 7, 2021

My Deepest Sympathy to The Family! I was fortunate enough to wait on Mrs. Knudsen at Deering Ice Cream and always enjoyed seeing her come in. Later in My life when I returned to Maine to raise My Daughter she had the pleasure of meeting her too. My Daughter was three years old at the time. They would converse and she would entertain My Daughter with great conversations. My Daughter called her Pudding, short for Puddingtain. We always had to visit the Store so We could shop and visit Pudding. May She Rest In Peace! I will never forget her kindness! My Daughter remembers her too and still calls her Pudding!

Sharon Cooper

April 7, 2021

We are so sorry for your loss. We were fortunate enough to have met her thru Kim. She became a dear friend and even had us at her home. She was a witty and intelligent lady we will never forget her.
With Love
Don and Sharon Cooper

Bob and Janet Hunt

April 7, 2021

Please accept our deepest sympathy. Your Mother and Mother-in-Law was a truly delightful lady. Whenever we saw each other in her shop or at the shopping center she was always cheerful, friendly and upbeat. May she rest in peace.. God Bless!

Betsy Parker

April 7, 2021

Erik, so sorry to hear about the passing of your Mom. Her store at the Falmouth Shopping Center is one of those landmarks from my childhood that I’ll always remember when Falmouth was a more rural community. And aren’t we both lucky that our parents instilled a love for skiing that we continue to enjoy so many years later. My thoughts are with you during this sad time.