March 17, 1920 — Nov. 4, 2013
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A woman beloved by her family and friends, Yolanda Chadwick died Nov. 4, 2013, in Placerville, Calif., after a brief illness. She was 93. She was born to Hector and Louisa Maffai on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, 1920. She grew up on a chicken ranch in French Camp, Calif. She attended Stockton High and graduated from Heald Business College. She worked as a legal secretary and enrolled in art school for fashion design.
When she was 19 Yolanda’s mother was killed in a car accident, leaving her father critically injured. She took on the task of raising her younger sister and brother and caring for her father. In 1942 she got a secretarial job with the Air Force and was transferred to Long Beach and stayed there till 1945. After the war, she moved back to Stockton and met the love of her life, Don Chadwick, who worked as an intern at De Young Chapel. They married March 23, 1952, and moved to his hometown, Placerville, where she continued to live for the remainder of her life.
Yolanda worked for PG&E as a secretary until she and Don opened the first 76 Union Gas Station on lower Main street and operated it until they built another station and Frosty in Coloma. They worked there until they retired, after which they traveled extensively until Don’s death. Yolanda was a kind and thoughtful person, a devoted wife, a dependable and caring friend, a wonderful cook, a voracious reader (sometimes a book a day) and a gardener and she had a great sense of humor.
Per Yo’s wishes, no memorial service is planned. She was laid to rest next to her true love on a beautiful autumn day. Ciao Cara Mia, you will be missed daily by your family and friends.
She is survived by her sister, Annetta Wren; niece, Diane Wren-Grayson; nephew, Donald Wren; great-nieces, Krista Bentley, Courtney Wren and Chelsey Wren; and a great-great-niece, Makenna Bentley. She is also survived by cousins in Lucerne, Switzerland.