Bertie Colleen Winkler
October 15, 1929 – February 3, 2019
Bertie Colleen Garrett Winkler, age 89, passed away on February 3, 2019. She is now with God and in no more pain. Mrs. Winkler was the daughter of the late Dewey and Bertie Cruce Garrett. Mrs. Winkler was the widow of the late John H. Winkler of Cleveland, GA. Survivors include her children; Gail McCormick of Charlotte, NC and JoAnna North of Snellville, GA ; surviving brothers; Bill Garrett and Donald Garrett. Sister, Carolyn Crane. Grandchildren: Megan McCormick Jones, Sean Michael McCormick (deceased), John M. North and Nicholas G. North. Great Grandchild: Michael Sean Jones Colleen was retired from Bell South with over 30 years of service. She started out as a night time switchboard operator and move on to several different positions through the years. She was a proud member of the Telephone Pioneers of America. Colleen retired to Cleveland, GA where she and her late husband had about 20 "pet" black angus cows, dogs, chickens, raised many vegetables and lots and lots of flowers. She loved to share her flowers and would happily give you some of whatever she was growing. Visitation will be at Smith Memory Chapel Thursday 2-7-19 from 2pm to 4pm. Funeral services will be held at Smith Memory Chapel Thursday 2-7-19 starting at 4pm. Entombment will follow at Barrow Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Mt. Pleasant Methodist Church, c/o Cemetery Fund, PO Box 3438, Cleveland, GA 30528. This beautiful church has been home to many generations of the family. Smith Funeral Home, Winder, has charge of arrangements.
- Visitation Thursday, February 7, 2019
- Funeral Service Thursday, February 7, 2019
Bertie Colleen Winkler
February 7, 2019
I didn't get to see Colleen as much as I would like to have but I do have some fond memories of her. She and I would swap stories about the old Southern Bell company and working on the cord board saying "Operator, how may I help you?" a gazillon times a night. I always enjoyed the ride to the old Winkler home place too. After her and John built their lovely home there, you always saw beautiful flowers, gardens and rolling green pastures. Looked just like a painting. Also, Colleen always kept her slim and trim figure which I know is no easy task being around our family of good cooks. I am so sorry for your loss and my thoughts and prayers are with you.
February 6, 2019
I remember living with Mama Colleen and Papa John, when I was so little. She enrolled me in a Christian School called Forest Hills and every morning she would tell me that I could be anything I wanted. As I grew up the terrible teenage years took over my life and I thought things looked better back in Jackson County. So I left my wonderful home and Mama and Daddy and two wonderful sisters because I was ignorant and I broke Mama Colleen’s heart. If I could turn back time I would have stayed and finished school and went on to college. Who knows where my life would’ve ended up. I love you Mama Colleen and I will always miss you as long as their is a breath left in me. Fly high with the angels and give Steven and the rest of the family my love and tell them I will be seeing you all soon.
February 6, 2019
You taught me so much during this life, Granny. I wish I could have seen you 1 more time...
I will always cherish our memories & your love! I hope you have finally found peace ♡ Hug PaPa from me!
Your Favorite (& only) Granddaughter
JANICE AND DAVID HUTCHINS
February 5, 2019
We often saw Colleen at the Winkler reunion when we were able to come. One year she had baked a walnut cake and Mike and David got a slice. While Mike was eating it (Colleen) was standing right behind him he said " Boy this tastes like liquid fuel". Colleen told him that taste was walnuts and not liquid fuel. It was a good cake but Mike had never tasted walnuts that has a particular taste to them evidently in a cake before. He thought she has mixed in liquid fuel instead of some other ingredient. It turned out that she often teased him about that comment. These are memories no one knows much about.
Colleen was always working her flowers when we went over to the house. Now Joanna and Gail get to work them. Girls you have a lot of work to do. Mother will miss her friend calling her most everyday. Now there is only Phil to call mother 3-4 times a day. But a lass, she knows where he is and he knows were she is by the phone calls they make each day.
Here is another memory. Mother and Colleen (John had already gone to Heaven) went to someone in the families funeral visitation in Gainesville (which is a long way from local Cleveland for some in their late 80's to drive) and on the way home they got into a huge hail storm. Both ladies were scared to death because the hail balls were like oranges. Colleen could not drive so mother did all the way back from Gainesville at night with mother only being able to see with one eye. She had just bought a brand new car and it was totally smashed and damaged with the hail balls and her trying to see in the dark with hail balls slamming the car and Colleen just a carrying on till they got home, finally. But they did get to see the relative that night. They both were shaking in there boots (or flats knowing them).
P. S. Mother never ever drives at night but low and behold Colleen talk her into going. They did that day. Surprise, Surprise by God!
Love you girls! From Florida