It is with tremendous heartache & sorrow that Family and Friends announce the sudden passing of Kim Marie Gravelle at the age of 50 years old. Kim left us on March 13, 2013 in Vancouver, BC. Born in Fernie, BC on December 18, 1962, Kim was the eldest child of Bob and Marian (nee Albo) Gravelle. She was predeceased by her father (Bob Gravelle) in 2000. Kim’s legacy will live on in those who survive her including: Her mother Marian Gravelle (Reg Levesque), brother Lance Gravelle (Jodi) with their children Payton & Shelby, children Tania Brewer (Jon), Kenny Gravelle, and Billy Gravelle (Youngpine), and grandchildren Kyla Tailfeathers, Shayden Brewer, and Ashlyn Brewer, as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.
Kim was an intelligent and determined Ktunaxa woman who will forever be remembered for her beauty inside and out. The sound of her laughter, the sparkle in her brown eyes, and her mischievous grin brought joy to all those who knew her. Kim will be lovingly remembered for the happiest parts of her life and the unconditional love she had for her children, grandchildren, family and friends.
Kim had a love and respect for all living creatures and appreciated nature in all of its beauty. Kim held a special place in her heart for horses, a passion she shared with her dad. She found peace, comfort, and freedom with her many horses. A true cowgirl, Kim enjoyed various rodeo and gymkhana events and over the years brought home countless blue ribbons and trophies.
With her feisty nature and strong-willed determination Kim entered an international case writing competition and was awarded the “Indigenous Futures 2000” in recognition of her outstanding work. She graduated from the University of Lethbridge in 1993 with a Bachelor of Management Degree. Proud of her Ktunaxa heritage Kim’s goal was to use her education to make a difference in her community. After graduating from university Kim decided to remain in Lethbridge, AB to start a new life with her children. Over the years Kim entered the lives of many people who became an extended family to her.
Rest in Peace and Ride Free.
The Wake will take place at the Grasmere Pioneer Hall in Grasmere, BC at 5:00 PM on Wednesday, March 20th. The Funeral Service will be held at the Pioneer Hall at 11:00 AM on Thursday, March 21st. Following the service, Kim will be laid to rest at the Roosville Cemetery. The family invites you to join them for a luncheon being served at the Pioneer Hall.
Should friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made in Kim’s name to the S.P.C.A., or the Heart & Stroke Foundation in your area. Messages of condolence may be sent to the family at www.cherishedmemoriesfs.com Arrangements entrusted to Cherished Memories Funeral Services Ltd.