OBITUARY

Winnona Wilkins Adams

Born June 9, 1922

Winnona Wilkins Adams “Grandma Winnie”

Within weeks following her 90th birthday, our beloved mother, grandmother, sister and friend, Winnona Wilkins Adams, passed away at her home on June 22, 2012. Winnie was born June 9, 1922 in Mt. Home, Utah to Reuben and Lillis (Moffitt) Wilkins. She grew up working alongside her mother and siblings to sustain the family dairy farm during the Great Depression. Her warm and friendly personality naturally led to her becoming a cheerleader at Altamont High School and assuming the lead role in various dramatic productions. After graduating from high school, Winnona left the farm life behind to attend Brigham Young University, to pursue a career in modeling, and to seek service with the federal gov’t during WWII. It was then that she met her future husband, Freeman E. (Dutch) Adams. They were married December 12, 1947 and together raised three children. Dutch preceded her in death in December, 1996. Mom loved the color pink, her patented roses, and her Cadillac’s; but most of all, she loved her family. She especially enjoyed trips to Dutch’s cabin at Bryants’ Fork near Strawberry Reservoir. Winnona also cherished the many friendships she made while working for almost 30 years as the principal’s secretary at Central Jr., Kearns High and Olympus High Schools. Through the years, Winnie’s kitchen became a gathering place for friends and family. Many stopped by to reminisce the past or share a laugh, but few visitors left her presence without feeling uplifted and a bit more cheerful than when they arrived. Mom was a member of the Beta Sigma Phi sorority and of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints wherein she held various callings. Winnie lived a long and wonderful life. She will be missed by many, especially her “bridge girls” who have met to play cards the second Saturday of every month for the past sixty years. Winnona is survived by her children, John, Ken and Ann; her grandchildren, Aireann (Brian) Lindsay, Amy (Whitney) Gardiner, Kenny (Lisa) Clinger, Laura (Chris) Ashton and Madelyn Elizabeth Adams; her two great grandchildren, Abigail and Ellie Lindsay; a brother, O. Wayne Wilkins, and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her husband, her parents, a brother (Ralph), and a sister (Madelyn). Our family would like to thank the nurses and caring staff at CURO Home Health and Hospice for their kindness and compassionate care.

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, June 27, 2012
  • Visitation Thursday, June 28, 2012
  • Funeral Service Thursday, June 28, 2012
REMEMBERING

Winnona Wilkins Adams

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June 28, 2012

To my dear John, Ken and my 'Annie', and family... I have just read your sweet mothers obituary. What a grand and beautiful tribute for dear 'Aunt Winnona'! I love her, and all of you. Thank You for those wonderful pictures!!!! What a joy to go through them!! She is so her mother, in all the ways that made her who she is. And yet, she was her own person, as well. I so appreciate her kindness to me. I look on all of you as family....and share in the loss of this elegant and most precous daughter of God. What a reunion she is having!!! You are in my thoughts...and my prayers....what a gift we have had with her generation being our parents!! God bless...and take good care. Love to all of you, Susie Smith

Janice/Eldon Fortie

June 28, 2012

Our sincere thoughts and prayers go out to my cousin's family and friends. We will miss not being able to be with you all at this time but the pictures sure brought back many memories. We will always remember the picnics we used to have with Aunt Lillis, Grandma Moffitt, and all our cousins families. Thanks for the memories Winnona; we sure miss your smiling face. We send our love.

Dustin Ellison

June 28, 2012

Thinking of your family in this time.

Dustin Ellison

June 28, 2012

To my best friend Ann.... I love you and miss you so much . I'm so sorry for you and your family'sloss. Wish I could have made it out for the service. I will never forget when I came to her house for the first time and she said "go ahead and case the place honey" she was always good for a laugh. Hugs and kisses to all of you and am thinking of you and sending prayers from Oklahoma .

June 27, 2012

Dear Ann, Ken, and John,
We remember your mother with great love. She was so much like her mother, Lillis, who we remember fondly. We also loved your Dad. Dutch was such a fun man. We remember the "I am a Utah Boy" at his funeral.
with great love and respect,
Helen Moffitt and kids, Janet, Debbie, Ariane, Dave, Martha, and Roger

June 26, 2012

Ann,
I am so sorry to hear about your mother passing away. I am so glad I had the chance to meet her. My prayers are with you and your family. Love, Carolyn Lee

June 26, 2012

It doesn't look like the last entry went through. Just know, Ann, that we are thinking of you and praying for you and your family. I feel like I know your mother, having you tell those of us in Staff Development so many wonderful stories about her.
Love, Brian Pead

June 26, 2012

Ann,
Sorry to hear of the passing opf your mom. Based on your great stories, I felt like I knew her. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Brian Pead

Joyce Duce

June 25, 2012

My deepest sympathy to the family. Wynn was a great lady and a good friend.

June 25, 2012

Ann, Ken and John:

Mom and I send warm and loving thoughts and prayers to you and your family. What a beautiful, compassionate, optimistic and loving woman who touched the heart of so many friends and family. Many family vacations were spent with Mom and Sterling at your gracious home with all of you, Winnie and Freeman...what fantastic memories and now they can be together again.

Winnie was very special to Mom and she is very sad to say "goodbye" to such a dear friend of close to 60 years. Craig will be attending the celebration of life to represent the Peterson family and please let us know if we can do anything for you and your family.

Thinking of you....and what a blessing for your Mom to enjoy more than 90 years of a happy and fulfilling life of touching others...many hugs and kisses...Shirley & Jan Peterson