Beverly Jane Graves

Beverly Jane Graves, 94, died on Nov. 3, 2017 on Bainbridge Island.

Bev was born on March 14, 1923, in Green Bay, Wisconsin. She was raised in Eagle Rock, California, graduating from Eagle Rock High School in 1941.

On Feb. 8, 1947, Bev married the love of her life, Don Graves.

Life took them to Blythe, California where Don found the beginning of his career with Mercury Outboard Motors. Their daughters Jane and Julia were born while they lived in Blythe. Their son Gary was born and they moved to Huntington Beach, California until 1963.

In 1963 the family moved to Fond du Lac, Wisconsin where Don continued with Mercury. In the late 1960s Bev began what would be her lifelong yoga practice and teaching.

She traveled ten times to Pune, India, where she participated in Intensive Classes with her guru BKS Iyengar. Bev devotedly taught Iyengar Yoga until she was 89. She is remembered lovingly by her many friends and dedicated students.

Don and Bev returned to California in 1979 settling in Ventura, where they were very happy in their practices: yoga for Bev and cycling for Don.

Bev relocated to Bainbridge Island in August 2017 enjoying daily visits from her daughter Julia Graves and her grandsons Cooper and Nathan Rooks. Bev is survived by daughter Jane Laughlin (Pat) of Manhattan Beach, California; their daughter Morgan Palm (Logan) of Torrance, California; Julia Graves of Bainbridge Island, and her sons Coop of Bainbridge Island, Washington and Nate of Seattle; her son Gary Graves (Linda) of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin; their children Andy Graves (Sandy) and their children Trista, Niya and Guiseppe; Michael Graves (Christina) and their daughter Vivian, Katie Graves of Appleton, Wisconsin; and James Graves of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin.

Bev was preceded in death by Don in 2016.

Bev had endless patience and love. The family will have a private celebration.

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