Kim Magnusson Gravois, beloved wife, daughter, mother, stepmother, grandmother, and friend, died November 7, 2020, at her home in Pinon Hills, California. She was 60.
Kim was born in Westerly, Road Island, to Mary and Eric Magnusson II on August 6, 1960. One of three children, Kim moved with her family to Southern California as a child, settling first in Redlands and later in Wrightwood. In 1995, Kim married Steve Gravois of Wrightwood, with whom she shares a daughter, Holly Michelle, born the same year.
With her marriage, Kim became stepmother to Steve’s children, Scott, Jill, and John, creating singularly warm, positive, and supportive relationships with each of them. Kim and Steve’s daughter, Holly, was the apple of her eye and the focus of numerous activities as Kim and Steve became energetic and committed classroom volunteers throughout Holly’s elementary years in Wrightwood and Pinon Hills and her middle school years in Phelan. In 2003, the couple moved to Pinon Hills, where they spent their days riding horses, raising their daughter, and entertaining family and friends.
An avid reader and video poker enthusiast, Kim met life’s challenges with warmth, humor, and courage always. Kim loved to travel – throughout the U.S. and internationally – with family and cherished friends. In recent years, Kim’s favorite destination has been Fayetteville, North Carolina, where Holly now resides. Kim’s prowess at Words with Friends was legendary and, while she didn’t always win big at the Casinos in Primm, Nevada, Kim never (according to family legend) left a Casino with less money than she had going in. Kim was an animal lover, adopting dogs and cats in addition to the horses that she and Steve rode daily prior to the onset of her illness.
Kim leaves a void in the lives of her family and friends; she will be missed. Kim is preceded in death by her father, Eric (II), her sister, Inger, and her niece Shawna. In addition to Steve and Holly, Kim is survived by her mother and stepfather, Mary and Lyman Grover; her brother, Eric (III); stepchildren, Scott, Jill and John; daughters-in-law, Jennifer and Kacie; nieces Tara and Elisabeth; nephews Eric (IV), Joseph, and Jarred; and grandchildren, Jack and Zuzu.
The family asks that memorials be made to the American Cancer Society.