Memorial services for Clara Ann Steverson, a descendant of California Gold Rush pioneers, were held recently at Bel-Vue Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles.
Steverson died on June 19, and her services were held on June 26. She was 91.
A California native, Steverson was born in Monrovia on April 23, 1920, the only daughter of the Rev. Granville W. Reed Sr. and Susie H. Reed. The couple also had three sons–Granville, Theodore and Arnold.
Steverson graduated from Monrovia High School in 1938, and was active in school, church and community. While a student at Los Angeles City College, she met Roscoe Steverson. The two married in 1940 and became the parents of four children–Carol, Rosalind, Richard and Catherine.
At Bel-Vue, she served on numerous auxiliaries and was a member of the church choir for more than 50 years. She also served as president of the PTA and was a founding member of the South Los Angeles Chapter of Jack and Jill. She was also a member of the Mr. & Mrs. Club, Neighborhood Block Club and was active in scouting programs with her four children.
Retired as a clerical supervisor in the county Registrar of Voters after more than 40 years, Stevenson then became a travel agent. She later worked another 20 years part-time for the Retired Employees of Los Angeles County.
Steverson is survived by her four children–Carol Tucker, Rosalind Stevenson (Robert Stevenson), Richard Steverson (Marianne Steverson), Catherine Bush (Michael Bush); nine grandchildren, Jerry Tucker, Cynthia Tucker, Jason Woodruff, Kendra Ruffin, Damon Woodruff, Teron Stevenson, Rick Steverson, Todd Steverson and Lenita Lugo; 13 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson.