Wilma D. Steves

By From page A2 | February 27, 2013

Wilma D. Steves

Sept. 18, 1928 – Feb. 22, 2013

Wilma Delores Steves, 65 year resident of El Dorado County, age 84, passed away in Placerville, California on February 22, 2013 after a hard fought battle with cancer.  Wilma, also known as Willie, was born in Brownsville, Texas on September 18, 1928.  Wilma was preceded in death by her loving husband of 12 years, Clarence A. Steves, in July of 1975 and her parents, Stanley B. Groves and Exye E. Groves, all longtime residents of Placerville, California.

Survived by her three children, Victoria Shiba (Stan) of Tucson, Arizona, James Farrell (Darlene) of Rancho Cordova and Susan O’Farrell of Placerville, California; 6 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren with a 3rd due any time; survived by her brother, Ray E. Groves (Sharon) of Tucson, Arizona, and sister, Marjorie (Hunt) Bell, Cameron Park.

Wilma was a world traveler in her younger days, she traveled to the Orient, Alaska, Panama Canal, Mexico, Canada, and many countries in Europe; always making people smile, from her elephant ride in Bangkok to her winning a red convertible Mercedes on a quarter machine in Tahoe, Willie knew how to have fun and play hard.  On her more serious side, Wilma was the first woman Grand Jury Foreperson in El Dorado County from 1977-78 and served on the Marshall Hospital Board from 1978-83.  Wilma was known for her generous heart and gave donations to Marshall Hospital, a cause she truly believed in; she was proud to have her name on the brass plaque outside the patient wing at Marshall Hospital and family-donor-plaques in honor of her family members.  Wilma was an avid reader and donated the “World Globe” that is located in the El Dorado County library along with magnifying readers in honor of her mother, Exye Groves.  Wilma continued her generosity with donating enough money to plant the tress at the Marshall Medical in Cameron Park.

Wilma LOVED Christmas!  Wilma was famous for her open-house during the holiday season and loved to welcome children, parents and an endless amount of friends to come to her home on Blanchard Road to share music, visits from Santa and gift-giving.  The Mountain Democrat did a beautiful article about her, her home and Christmas. Up until December 2012 she still received Christmas cards from children and parents who enjoyed her Christmas home during the holiday season.

Wilma was very much loved and will be greatly missed, but is no longer in pain.

There will be no viewing and graveside services will be held on Friday, March 1, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. at Westwood Hills Cemetery on Cold Springs Road.  There will be a Celebration of Life

Lake Oaks Clubhouse in the Lake Oaks Mobile Home Park in Diamond Springs on Saturday, March 2, 2013 at­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ 1:00 p.m.

In lieu of flower donations may be made to Shriner’s Hospital or Snowline Hospice. Arrangements entrusted to Chapel of the Pines Mortuary, Placerville, CA.  Online condolences may be posted at


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