Memorial services for Ethel M. Williford of Grass Valley will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday at the United Methodist Church of Grass Valley.
Mrs. Williford died Saturday, Dec. 28, at Golden Empire Convalescent Hospital. She was 100.
She was born on Aug. 20, 1902, in Elmira, to William and Dellia (Tunnel) Laccoarce. She was raised in Penn Valley and Rough and Ready, graduating from Rough and Ready School in 1915. After attending the Armstrong School of Business in Grass Valley, she worked for an attorney in Nevada City. She drove from Rough and Ready to Grass Valley in a Model T car.
She married Ed G. Williford on Oct. 25, 1920, in Woodland. They lived in Grass Valley, Biggs, Modesto, Humboldt County, Oakland and Oregon until returning to Grass Valley in 1933. They owned Williford’s Grocery and Cabins from 1938 to 1948. In 1953, she returned to work for the Looser Company Real Estate and Insurance until retiring with her husband in 1964. They spent many years traveling in their campers and trailers throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. They were members of the Golden Empire Good Sam Chapter. She was a member of the United Methodist Church, the United Methodist Women, Esther Rebekah Lodge No. 9, Union Ladies Encampment Auxiliary, Manzanita Parlor of the Native Daughters of the Golden West and Banner Grange No. 627.
She is survived by her son, William Williford of Sacramento; daughter, Edna Steger Angove of Orangevale; grandsons Ron and Tom Jeffress of Grass Valley, John Jeffress of Orangevale and Mark Williford of Meridian, Idaho; and seven great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, Ed. G. Williford, in 1986.
Memorial contributions may be made to the United Methodist Church of Grass Valley, Cancer Aid Thrift Store, or the charity of the donor’s choice.
Arrangements are under the direction of Hooper and Weaver Mortuary.
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