Wilda Rae Donaldson Irvine

Date of Death

September 25, 2022

Wilda Rae Donaldson Irvine (94) went home to be with her Lord on September 25, 2022.  Born in Watertown, Massachusetts in 1928 to William and Marion Donaldson, and moving to Santa Barbara at age 8 with brothers Don and Jack.

Wilda graduated from Santa Barbara High School in 1946. Home of where she met the love of her life “Sasha” Irvine.  They were married at Montecito Presbyterian Church in 1950.  Their marriage lasted an adventurous 65 years.

She was a wonderfully involved mother to her children Gail, Craig and Wendy. The Irvine family lived an exciting life under the “silver bridge” near Steven’s Park.

Wilda’s fun family expanded beginning in 1979. Wendy married Butch Phillips and added Jaclyn and Brett.  Gail married Jerry Gray adding Aaron and Carly, to make four grandchildren she could enjoy.

In 2009 the era of great grandsons began for Wilda.  Kainan, Krew and Kove Gray, sons of Aaron.  Brixton and Owen Schmiess, sons of Carly and Andy.  Walker, Grant and Hayes, sons of Brett and Kara.  “Coco” loved the energy and entertainment these 8 provided.

Sash and Wilda loved to travel both near and far.  From 16 cruises, elder hostels, Palm Springs or camping they made friends and memories around the globe.  Always generous, Wilda loved to take her entire family on vacations.

Wilda’s interests were many and varied.  To name a few, Nu Pi Delta Chi sorority, First Presbyterian Church, Antique Club, Peabody PTA, Santa Barbara Riding Club, Knitting Bags, Bible Study Fellowship and was an avid volunteer.

After a long full life, Wilda will be missed by many!

Preceding her in death, were her parents, brothers, niece Janie and husband Sash.  Wilda is survived by her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

If desired, donations could be made to Santa Barbara First Presbyterian Church or any charity that benefits animals.

A celebration of Wilda will be held graveside, November 21, 2:00pm, Goleta Cemetery 44 S. San Antonio Road.


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