Obituary: Graber, Geneva Pearl (Amen)
“Neva” passed peacefully into the Lord’s rest on September 18, 2012 at Hospice House, Spokane. She was born on August 17, 1922 and had just celebrated her 90th birthday. Neva was born in her parents’ bedroom on the family farm in Ritzville, where she lived most of her life. She graduated from Ritzville High School in June 1940 and married the love of her life Jess Graber on June 24th, 1940. She excelled in music, playing the alto saxophone in dance bands as well as performing at the Fox Theater in 1939 when she was a senior in high school. She and her husband Jess often played duets on the piano and organ, and she loved playing piano during sing-a-longs with family and friends. Neva dearly loved her family, friends, children and dogs. But above all, she loved the Lord, Bible studies and praying for her loved ones. She was preceded in death by her husband Jess A. Graber on December 15, 1999. She is survived by daughter Bonnie (Gene) Heimbigner of Spokane, son Max (Val) Graber of Wenatchee; granddaughters Debbie (Mike) West of Spokane Valley and Rosie Richardson of Spokane; three great-grandchildren Alexis Richardson and twin boys Evan and Dean West; three step-grandchildren Corey Millard, Robin Jingjit and Steve Breeze as well as five step-great-grandchildren. Visitation will be Monday, September 24, 2012 from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm and Tuesday, September 25, 2012 8:00 am - 1:45 pm at Heritage Funeral Home. There will be a pre-service reception Tuesday, 9/25/12 at Heritage Funeral Home from 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm with the Funeral Services starting at 2:00 pm and graveside service following at Spokane Memorial Gardens.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial gifts to be made to Hospice of Spokane, P.O. Box 2215, Spokane, WA 99210-2215, www.hospiceofspokane.org