OBITUARY

Wilma Evelyn Grover

February 21, 1927April 27, 2021
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Wilma E. Grover (nee Burmeister), 94, of Phoenix, passed away peacefully on Tuesday April 27th, after complications arising from a stroke. Family members were with her throughout her final days. Wilma was born on a farm in 1927 in Howard County, Iowa. She was the ninth of 10 children born to Otto and Elizabeth Burmeister.

When Wilma was a young girl, she was lured to the Valley of the Sun. She was employed by Sears, Roebuck, and Company, where she met Charles Hampton. After they married, she worked for Motorola at 52nd Street and McDowell Road, for 30+ years. Wilma had a deep love for God and His people. She also had a love for His creations, birds, flowers and animals. She loved to play the piano and sang with all her heart poured into the music.

Survivors include her son, Steven and Barbara Hampton, of Scottsdale, AZ; granddaughter, Katy and Andy Roberts and their son Declan, of St. Louis, MO. She was preceded in death by six brothers and three sisters. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews and their children who kept in contact with her and were an important part of her life. Wilma married Charles E. Hampton in 1955, in Phoenix, AZ. Mr. Hampton passed away on September 1, 1967. Wilma married Wayne Ryan of Wickenburg, AZ, in 1989. Mr. Ryan passed away the same year. Wilma married Quincy Grover of Phoenix, AZ in 1991. Mr. Grover passed away in 2004.

She was well-loved and will be missed.

In lieu of flowers please consider donations to a local animal shelter. She was particularly fond of cats. If there is a way to direct a donation toward the feline species, you can do so knowing it would have put a smile on her face.

Services

  • Visitation

    Monday, May 10, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Monday, May 10, 2021

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  • Graveside Service

    Monday, May 10, 2021

  • Reception

    Monday, May 10, 2021

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Bill & Beverly Rundle

May 11, 2021

So thankful Wilma raised such a wonderful caring son. We truly are so happy Steve is a part of our family.

JulieAnn Holmes

May 10, 2021

We were very lucky to have the opportunity to enjoy Wilma's great spirit and quick wit during her final months. During short walks or conversation at the dinner table, Wilma always had a kind word. She will be missed by all at A Sunny Pine.

Gayle Pearson

May 10, 2021

We are thankful to have known Wilma, she was such a remarkable woman, lively, intelligent and kind. Her love of gardening and beautiful flowers were evident by her yard. But what was most important to her was her Heavenly Father and Christ and we rejoice that she has gone to be with them.

Jan Anderson

May 9, 2021

I will miss Wilma. She stood out for her direct and funny comments, her twinkly eye smile and quiet love for truth. I respect that she continued to move forward through challenges, yet was present and available. She was a lady of contrasts. Our meeting will miss her and is richer for her life and testimony.

Scott Anderson

May 9, 2021

I will miss Wilma, her smile and her wit. She’s part of a lifetime of memories as the mother of my best friend.

Shereen Benjamin

May 9, 2021

The first time I met Aunt Wilma and Quincy (and also grandpa and grandma Burmeister) was when Craig and I were dating and I thought they were both such grand old couples! I loved Quincy and Aunt Wilma's sense of humor. Later on when I learned how much she had been through in her life, I was even more impressed with her happy cheerfulness! Beautiful flowers, pie, and dolls in display cabinets are some other things I fondly remember about her. I'm thankful she's home safe. Love, Shereen

Lori Benjamin

May 8, 2021

I got to know Aunt Wilma best when I lived in Seattle and she was in Chehalis, WA. I would stop sometimes on my way to or from Portland, and I was always so amazed at how beautiful her place was. We had conversations over tea about her time at Motorola, and what it was like to be independent women making our own way in the world. She was such an inspiration, and always so cheerful and matter-of-fact about things.

What good times and delicious meals we had at her place on Thanksgiving! Dressing up in Great Grandma Dora’s old clothes, puzzling. I miss those times! Thank you for the lovely tribute video. It brought back so many good memories.

Yesterday, I planted some Salpiglossis flowers in her memory. I remember the first year I lived in Seattle, I saw them at her house and was so taken with them. She said, “Oh, they just come back every year – I don’t know what they are! Take some!” So, I dug some up and had them in my little garden on Queen Anne Hill.

Dear Auntie, your legacy lives on! Much love to all of you.

Marilyn Benjamin

May 8, 2021

Aunt Wilma was a very special person! It was fun to have her and Uncle Charlie and Steve visit us on the farm when we were children, and I thought it was neat that she let Steve spend summers with us without her when he was quite young!! Aunt Wilma was so good about coming to visit us after Bob and I were married. She and Aunt Henrietta and Uncle Wilbert and Aunt Laverne all met at our home on the farm in Montana one June when our children were little and went to Devon convention with us. So special! Later she and Uncle Quincy came several times with their camper trailer and spent time with us. One time we all went camping together at Wood Lake. Aunt Wilma had fun feeding the squirrels. Another time they brought Uncle Quincy’s granddaughter. It was wonderful to have our children get to know and love my aunt and uncle! It was a very special bonus after we retired and moved to Oregon to spend lots of holidays with Aunt Wilma — sometimes at our home and also quite often at hers! She let the rest of us do most of the cooking, but she made us so welcome! And ALWAYS she had a jigsaw puzzle in progress! We spent many happy hours puzzling, eating, going for walks. Special family time! We loved the beautiful place she and Uncle Quincy built with the yard full of beautiful flowers and evergreen trees, their big garden, and the yummy blackberries! Aunt Wilma was a special treasure, and we will miss her so much! We are so thankful for every minute we could spend together!

Elizabeth Adams

May 7, 2021

My first memory of Aunt Wilma was when she and Uncle Charles and Steve came to visit us on the farm when we were kids. Steve was about 3 or 4 and we were very excited to meet our cousin and had lots of fun! We got to visit Aunt Wilma in Phoenix. She was making brownies for us when we arrived. She played the piano for us and sang with her whole heart. We also enjoyed going to see her in Washington and loved all her beautiful flowers on her porch and in her yard and the butterflies on her garage door! I will always appreciate her keeping in touch and caring about everyone. One of my favorite memories was when she had to be isolated for awhile because of the virus, but she was so upbeat on the phone. She said even though she missed her walks, Steve and Barb had picked out a place for her with a balcony, so now she could still go outside and sit and enjoy the outdoors anyway. When we were getting ready to say goodbye, she said, "Let's just live one day at a time because that's about all we can handle." I will always love and keep those words with me!

Craig Benjamin

May 6, 2021

Aunt Wilma was a very special person. She was so caring and thoughtful. Amazing how much she could get done. I remember how surprised I was at the size of the place they had in Washington, and she kept it spotless!
Wilma kept me supplied with Reliv and then Ti-go!! ( I think that was what it was called). Even when I thought I was fine without it!! She kept it coming!! I’ll never forget the morning I was in my college dorm room and was shaking up a Reliv shake! The lid came off the cup, and we had Aunt Wilma’s Reliv on everything!!
Aunt Wilma will always have a special place in my memory!!
Craig