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Date of Birth: November 15, 1942

Date of Death: July 08, 2020

Wilda Delores Bowman, age 77, peacefully passed away on July 8, 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona. Wilda is survived by Frederick E. Bowman Sr., her devoted husband of 50 years; son Scott (Tori) Bowman; daughter Erika Bowman; granddaughters Qwynci and Imani; grandpuppy Beau; brother George Steptoe III.; sister Constance Wamble; step-children Denise Bowman, Monique Bowman, and Frederick (Claire) Bowman Jr., as well as a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, step-grandchildren, and step-great grandchildren, extended family and friends. She is preceded in death; brother, Ronald Steptoe, brother-in-law, Thomas Wamble; and additional aunts and uncles. Wilda was born on was November 15, 1942 in Chicago, IL to the late George Jr. and Virginia Steptoe. She attended high school and college in Chicago. A mutual friend introduced Wilda and Frederick - the two were engaged after 6 months and married after 8 months on October 25, 1969. Due to Frederick’s busy travel schedule for work, Wilda immediately stepped in to raise her three stepchildren with love and grace. Wilda and Frederick had two children (Scott and Erika) before moving from Ohio to Phoenix, AZ in 1975. Wilda worked as an Administrative Assistant in Attendance and Discipline at several schools within the Glendale Union High School District. After retiring in 2000, she enjoyed traveling with her husband, entertaining family and friends at her home of 44 years, shopping, volunteering, hitting the Laughlin casinos to play on a hot penny machine, and helping her friends and family however she could. Wilda loved her husband, children, family and friends fiercely, and she was equally loved by them and many, many others. Her warm spirit, kind heart, infectious smile, and quick wit will be missed, but her legacy of love, compassion, and kindness will live on.

Service Information

Celebration of life will be held at a later date.


In lieu of flowers or cards, please consider dedicating a donation to Central Arizona Shelter Services (CASS) in memory of Wilda D. Bowman. Donations can be made online ( or mailed to PO Box 18250, Phoenix, AZ 85005.