Beverly Gene Gibson
February 11, 1931 – October 8, 2020
Beverly was born and grew up in Spokane where her childhood was shaped by the Depression and the war. Her father was an Air Raid Warden during WWII and she would tell how frightening it was when all the lights were out, the houses dark, and she waited to hear enemy planes that never came. She was twelve years old and in downtown Spokane when sailors from Farragut, Idaho began kissing all the women. It was how she found out that the war had ended.
Beverly graduated from Central Valley High School where she was Girl’s League president, member of the Bearette’s marching drill team, and a prom princess. She loved movie musicals, particularly those starring Judy Garland, Fred Astaire, and Gene Kelly. When very young, she dreamed of being a great singer and dancer, but at Central Valley she fell in love and instead became a great mom, grandmother, and great-grandmother. The family moved to Seattle while her husband Donald Dwain was in the Navy. They returned to Spokane Valley in 1970.
She enjoyed cake decorating, a multitude of arts, crafts, and collecting, but what made her happiest was perpetual motion, flying, cruising, and every minute she could spend behind the wheel of her car. She loved traveling and was able to see many of the places she had dreamed of visiting like Hawaii, New York, and Austria. On multiple trips to Europe she discovered a great affection for Venice and the Swiss Alps. After hosting Japanese exchange students in her home for several years, she was particularly happy to visit Japan.
She was a sincere friend to many who treasured her gentle, giving spirit. She was kind and generous, with a great sense of humor and an enthusiasm for adventure. Her philosophy was always straightforward and practical. “Do things that make you happy, try to help others, and use lots of moisturizer on your face.” Those who knew her would say she succeeded at all of those things and those who never met her missed knowing an extraordinary, wonderful woman.
Beverly G. Gibson (Shaw) passed away at the age of 89 in Spokane Valley on October 8, 2020. She is survived by her brother Richard (Audrey) Shaw of Gig Harbor, her two sons David (Georgia) Gibson of New York City and Jeffrey (Debbie) Gibson of Bellingham, five grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, Aunt Bonnie Shaw, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins, and countless friends. She was preceded in death by her daughter LeAnne (Ken) LeCrone of Denver.
Viewing will be October 22 from 2:00 to 5:00 pm at Thornhill Valley Funeral Home, and graveside service will be October 23 at 2:30 pm at Pines Cemetery.
Thursday, October 22, 2020
Friday, October 23, 2020
Beverly Gene Gibson
October 22, 2020
Bev, you're a good friend! Well, I have always said that we are more than friends, we are family. It was a joy to love our mutual grandchildren together-each one is a precious gift. I miss you and I will care for the "kids" who will love you always. I left something to place on your resting place. Two angels wearing CV High School colors will keep tabs! I won't forget you. ~ Grandma Barbara
October 16, 2020
Auntie Bev, I love you so much!!
Thank you for all of the wonderful memories you gave me
as a child. My brother, sister and I used to love to come to
Issaquah because you made it so much fun.
As an adult I cherish the time you spent with our family at holidays and other special days. I value the time I got to spend with you helping you pack for Denver. I loved the stories you shared with me about our family and mostly my Mom. I'll bet you are dancing with her in heaven.
My sister and I loved to tease you about which one of us was
your favorite to which you would chuckle and say you loved us
both the same.
My heart is broken!! I will miss you every day. You were my
favorite Aunt in the whole wide world. I am deeply saddened
and cry tears of sadness for my loss, but I also am happy that
you are not suffering anymore in so many ways.
I'll love you forever and ever.
Kathy (your favorite niece, tee hee)