July 22, 1936 – Nov. 7, 2013
Josephine “Jody” Stevenson House passed away on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013, at her home in Davis after a brief illness. She was surrounded by her children and friends during her last weeks, and remained a graceful inspiration to us all.
Jody was born in Oakland on July 22, 1936, grew up in Colusa, and graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1958. She moved to Princeton in Colusa County in 1960 and then to Davis in 1964. Besides raising two daughters, Jody worked as an administrator at Planned Parenthood in Woodland and later at the UC Davis Medical Center. She served on the board of Yolo Hospice for many years and was a devoted volunteer at the Yolo County Library and the UC Davis Arboretum.
Jody was long active in the local art community with a special passion for the textile arts. She was an active quilter and her quilts and potholders were included in many gallery shows. She also taught needlepoint and embroidery classes across the country, published embroidery books and patterns and helped establish the Valley Oak chapter of the Embroiderers’ Guild of America.
In retirement Jody traveled extensively with friends and family, including adventures in Africa, Norway, Italy and Mexico. At home, she was a familiar sight touring the Davis greenbelt with her dogs. She often spent many afternoons seeing a film at the Sacramento Tower Theater, and enjoying a coffee sundae at Vic’s Ice Cream.
Jody is survived by her extended family, Ann House and Trish Powell, Martha and Charlie Branch, her grandchildren Jamie and Natalie Branch, her brother Richard Stevenson, and Duncan, her West Highland terrier, friend and protector. She was preceded in death by her parents Richard and Josephine Stevenson, her sister Margaret Bolefahr, and her nephews Tom and David Bolefahr.
A memorial service will begin at 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Davis, 27074 Patwin Road. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to Yolo Hospice, at yolohospice.org or an animal care organization.