Celebrating the life of

Paula Stevens Ilami

Passed away on April 30, 2020

Paula Stevens Ilami

Paula G. Ilami, 61, of Savannah, GA, passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 30, 2020.

After devoting 40 years to children through Early Childhood and Montessori education, Paula retired and was able to join her husband full-time at their business, Essi's Ballroom Dance Studio. She was a beautiful dancer.

Paula's most successful roles were that of mother, wife and grandmother. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Martha Stevens; and sister, Joan Lynch

She is survived by her husband, Ebrahim Ilami; her sons, Brandon Washburn (Carolyn), Ryan Washburn, and daughter, Heather Stokes (Chad); step-children, Alex Ilami and Natausha May; sisters, Elaine Boyce and Donna Stevens; and her four grandchildren.

A Family Graveside service will be 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens. 

Social distancing will be enforced. 




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So very sorry to hear about about her passing. I am praying for Heather & her family!

- Madeline Stanford, Savannah, Georgia

We are so sorry for your loss! We both know all too well have deep the pain is to lose a Momma! My mother passed in January and I miss her everyday! We will be praying for God's comfort to surround you and fill you and give you peace.

- Esta & Eddie Harper, Savannah, Ga

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- Tiffany Stidham

Heather we love you and your family more than you will ever know! I loved the few times I got to meet your mom! Please know we love you and are praying for you.

- Brandy Wall, Savannah, Georgia

I am so sorry for your loss. I met Paula with Heather last year in my store and she was so sweet. Many blessings to you all during this tough time ❤

- Valerie Williams , Pooler, GA

We will forever remember her beauty.

- Caley and Matthew Brueck, Gainesville , Georgia

My hear goes out to all of you on Paula’s passing. She was a wonderful person and adoring mother and grandmother. You all are in my thoughts and prayers as you go through this difficult time. Love and hugs to you all.

- Sherry Trossbach Bails, Glen Allen, Va

So sorry for your loss. I will keep you all in my prayers. If you need anything please don't hesitate to ask

- Rebecca Ehrig , Savannah, Ga

Heather, I’m so sorry about your Mom. Know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

- Brenda Mercer, Evans, GA

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Our deepest sympathy. Paula had a love of life that cannot be measured or described in words. When I look back at pictures of her, I smile knowing that she was truly living a wonderful & full life. She loved her family with every ounce of her being. She was always there for anyone of us when we called. One of my favorite memories is sitting with her in my son's nursery after he was born and talking about the future. I know she is with our Heavenly Father and is looking down on us with love.

- Scott, Natausha and Jackson May, Mount Pleasant , SC

My deepest sympathy Ryan, prayers for strength

- Rae Abney, Midway, GA

I will always remember Paula as a very sweet, kind, and most patient woman. She raised three wonderful children that I have known since they were very young. Words can't lesson their grief. But may they know that they are surrounded by people who love and care about them.

- Paige Teel, Savannah, Ga

My thoughts and prayers are with you.

- Kenny Trossbach, Dameron, Maryland

Very sorry for your loss. She's in a better place now.

- Whitney and Traci Stokes, Savannah, Georgia

Services under the direction of:

Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel

  • Graveside Service