Obituary: Dorothy Stephens |

Obituary: Dorothy Stephens

Services are scheduled March 27 for Dorothy Stephens, who died March 22, 2001, at Placerville, Calif. She was 85.

Mrs. Stephens was born Feb. 29, 1916, in Oklahoma and lived in Missouri, Kansas and Washington before settling at Porterville, Calif. She married Jay C. Stephens May 15, 1935, and moved to Georgetown, Calif., in 1944. They relocated to South Lake Tahoe in 1952, where Mr. Stephens served as the resident deputy sheriff and they later operated S&S Auto and Towing Service. They moved back to the Placerville area in 1985 after living in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho for two years.

Mrs. Stephens was very involved in her children and grandchildren and her life revolved around being there for her family and friends. She was always the “perfect grandma.” She enjoyed reading, crafts, gardening, flowers and birds. She was a member of the Placerville Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Survivors include sons and daughters-in-law, Jim and Barbara Stephens of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, Fred and Nina Stephens of Placerville and Bob and Margie Stephens of Woodfords, Calif.; brother, Martin Helvy of Renton, Wash.; sisters, Elsie DeWilde of Seattle, Wash., Eileen Allaway of Kennewick, Wash., Lois Pitts of Barstow, Calif.; and Marjorie Russell of Nampa, Idaho; six grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband of 62 years, Jay C. Stephens; son, Dwayne Stephens; granddaughter, Lisa Stephens; brothers, Earl Helvy and Glen Helvy; and sister, Grace Cole.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 27 at Memory Chapel, Placerville. Interment will be at Westwood Hills Memorial Park.

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