Winifred "Winnie" Lane Wentworth

May 15, 1927June 2, 2018

Winifred Lane Wentworth, 91, passed away peacefully at home in Tallahassee, FL, on June 2, 2018.

Daughter of a Depression-era tomato farmer, Winnie had a long career practicing law in Florida, retiring in 1991 from her position as judge on the First District Court of Appeal in Tallahassee. Her lifelong love of words and language led her to study journalism and literature, graduating from Florida State University in 1948. She earned her JD from University of Florida in 1951. She worked as an Assistant Attorney General from 1969-1976, developing a passion for the intricacies of tax law, and she had expertise in areas involving labor and business, gained during her time at the Industrial Relations Commission. Also she could work crossword puzzles faster than anyone she knew.

Winnie was first of all a mother and grandmother. She was married to Aubrey Dean Wentworth in 1947, having four children and three grandchildren. She led a Girl Scout Troop on many north Florida camping adventures. She loved canoeing on the Sopchoppy River. She had visited Russia, China, India, Eastern Europe, Denmark, Italy, and Greece. She was a member of John Wesley United Methodist Church, and the Susanna Wesley Circle.

Winnie had six brothers and sisters. She is survived by her sister Jean Warner, of Pompano Beach, FL; by her children Sara and Ben, of Tallahassee, FL, Chris, of Crete, Nebraska, and Dan, of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; and by her grandchildren Brendan, of Elizabeth, CO, Maira, of Centennial, WY, and Max, of Tallahassee, FL.

A celebration of life will be held Sunday, June 10 at 2:30pm with visitation beginning at 2pm at Culley's MeadowWood Funeral Home, 700 Timberlane Road.


  • Visitation Sunday, June 10, 2018
  • Celebration of Life Sunday, June 10, 2018
  • Interment Sunday, June 10, 2018

Winifred "Winnie" Lane Wentworth

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Martha Pierce

July 10, 2018

My husband and myself were all students together at FSCW and Univ. of Forida. Dean Wentworth and William Pierce knew each other in Pensacola. I admired Winnie and when she eventually was again single we spent a delightful time together in New Oleans. Winnie assured me that I was a loyal friend. However at that time she was very ill. Winnie, her grandson, and Bill and I spent a lovely time together Victoria, Canada . I am now 90, Bill died in 20i6 at 91 memories of our youth are precious and we so admired Winnie.


June 5, 2018

Our Loving Heavenly Father provides peace, strength and comfort during this time of sorrow (2 Corinthians 1:3,4).