She was born Jan. 5, 1933, in Stoneham, Mass. After graduating from high school she went to work at a bank in Boston. After six months, in 1952, she joined the U.S. Air Force and became an air traffic controller. When she was assigned to Great Falls, Mont., she met and married Jerry Wilfley, also a controller. They moved to Pleasanton in 1957.
Mrs. Wilfley was an artist and held several shows to display her oil paintings. She was also active in stitchery, traveling the state doing promotions at department stores for Sunset Designs stitchery kits and teaching stitchery adult education classes in Livermore. She also took sculpting classes at Cal State Hayward and did some welding.
She is survived by her husband Jerry; three sons, Brain and wife Terry, and Chuck in California, Greg and wife Margie in Georgia; seven grandchildren; sister Judith Allison in Virginia; and aunt Edna Robinson in California. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. June 8 at the Pioneer Methodist Church, 1338 Lincoln Way in Auburn; and at 3 p.m. June 9 at the Pleasanton Hotel Garden, 855 Main St. Her remains will be dispersed over San Francisco Bay in sight of her beloved San Francisco.
Obituary: Jody (Sims) McNees
Pleasanton resident Jody (Sims) McNees died May 9 at the age of 62.
She was born March 15, 1948, on the outskirts of St. Louis, Mo., to Bill and Sue Sims. At an early age her family moved to Lafayette where she graduated from Del Valle High School. She went to Fresno State College, first majoring in art then graduating with a bachelor's degree in psychology. While in college she met her future husband Ken McNees; they were married in May 1973 and resided in Belmont Shore. In 1977, they moved to Pleasanton. She had tremendous skills in art with form, shape, pattern and color. She worked with stained glass and, after moving to Pleasanton, took up hand applique‚ quilting, winning many awards. She was a member of the Amador Valley Quilt Club for many years and served on its board.
Mrs. McNees is survived by her husband Ken; two daughters, Lauren McNees of Winters and Andrea McNees of Davis; sister Holly Pritchard and her husband John of Terra Linda; brother Rob Sims and his wife Val of Walnut Creek. Mrs. McNees made a remarkable battle with brain cancer for more than a year and remained positive through it all. Services will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 22, St. Clare's Episcopal Church in Pleasanton with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to American Brain Tumor Association, 2720 River Road, Des Plaines, IL 60018.
Obituary: Paul Conrad Baca
Former longtime Pleasanton resident Paul Conrad Baca died May 4 at the age of 70.
He was born Oct. 26, 1939, in Socorro, N.M., and moved to California. He graduated from Mission High in San Francisco and started his lifelong career in sales and the grocery business. He was an accomplished sailor of the San Francisco Bay, scuba diver, water skier and cook, specializing in five-course breakfasts for his family and friends.
Mr. Baca was preceded in death by his wife of 42 years Ramona; daughter Shelly Ann Elkins and son-in-law Don Elkins of Pleasanton; son Jeff Paul Baca and daughter-in-law Linda Murphy of Santa Rosa; brother David Alfred Baca of Brentwood; four grandchildren, nephews and nieces. There were no services; donations in his memory may be made to Dublin Hospice or a charity of choice.