Beverly Darlene Gilles was born in Woodburn, Oregon July 7, 1938 to Raymond and Theresa Gilles. She passed away in Woodburn Saturday, May 2, 2020 at 81 years old of Lewy Body Syndrome. Beverly grew up in the small farming community of Donald, Oregon and lived on the family farm until the last 3-and-a-half years of her life.
She graduated from North Marion High School in 1956. Beverly started taking accordion lessons in the late 1940's and loved playing it so much that she became very accomplished, eventually becoming a certified music teacher.
In 1958, she acquired her teacher's diploma from the Wiltsey School of Music where she became an accordion instructor. Beverly taught accordion at the very school where she finished her lessons and education. She continued to teach accordion until the Beatles came to America in the sixties. As we all know, the instrument that the Fab Four played was not an accordion but a guitar, so nobody wanted to learn the accordion any longer but interest in learning how to play the guitar skyrocketed. Wiltsey School of Music told Beverly there really was no need for an accordion instructor but if she would be willing to learn the guitar she could become a guitar instructor. She did learn to play and started teaching guitar at the very same school of music where she had been teaching accordion.
Beverly quit teaching at the Salem Music School in the 1970's and started a new career in the insurance business but continued to give private guitar and accordion lessons after work and on the weekends out of her home in Donald. She loved playing both the guitar and accordion and she was known for having a "really good time" at many a family functions playing one or the other.
Beverly worked for Al Smith Insurance in St. Paul, Oregon until the early 1990's then finished her insurance career in Woodburn.
Beverly vacationed every September with her parents. They traveled many miles, visiting family and seeing many parts of the country. Many of those trips ended in Reno, Nevada, one of Beverly's favorite places. She also loved the Oregon Coast, visiting often after the death of her mother.
Beverly enjoyed gardening, not only flowers but vegetables. Once the garden was ready to harvest, she could be seen helping her mom can quart after quart of harvested vegetables. She would help her dad and brother whenever help was needed on the farm with caring for livestock or as tractor/truck driver during the summer grain and hay harvest time.
Beverly is survived by her Brother Chuck and his wife Sharon of Aurora, Ore. She is predeceased by her parents.
We would like to thank Willamette Valley Hospice and give a special thanks and acknowledgment to Gana Davis for the wonderful care and friendship that she provided for Bevy the last 3-plus years. We could not have done it without her.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Beverly's name to Willamette Valley Hospice.