Winifred G Latimer
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1921 - 2012 DALTON Winifred G. Latimer, 91, formerly of South Pasadena, FL, passed over on October 1, 2012 surrounded by family members in her daughter's home.
Born on March 14, 1921 in Holyoke, to Thomas Beaumont Dooley and Gertrude (Scheu) Dooley; she was a 1942 graduate of PHS.
While living in Pittsfield, she was active in the Heart of the Berkshire Grange, was a Cub Scout Den Mother for several years, and enjoyed Roller Skating dance competition at Broyles Arena. She was a successful Avon salesperson earning enough money to take her and her husband, Lawrence C. Latimer, Jr. for a vacation to Hawaii. She helped her husband run their business, L. C. Latimer & Son, DR.
She moved to Florida when her husband retired at an early age and stayed there until the end of 2007.
She was predeceased by her husband of 37 years on May 7, 1979, her son, Lawrence C. Latimer III and three grandchildren.
She accumulated 25,000 volunteer hours at the Bay Pines VA Hospital in St. Petersburg, Fla., where she greeted the veterans with her bright smile and going the extra mile to make a difference in their lives. She called herself a professional volunteer and it made a huge impact on her life. She also was a Volunteer of the Palms of Pasadena Hospital, and the Veterans Outstanding Award for 8750 hours of outstanding volunteer service to veterans. In an article in the St Petersburg Times dated January 25, 1994, "No one does something for nothing, but the pay of 'Thank you" is more valuable than money. I cannot quit because it is my life, my fulfillment. I know I'm needed. It makes me feel good. The people are nice and appreciative. Money can't buy the joy of helping others."
She enjoyed playing cards and Mahjong and was called "Win" because she won most of the time. She also traveled all over the world and enjoyed a full life of adventure and helping others in various ways. Her outgoing personality drew people to her and she enriched their lives.
Survivors include three children, Jack Latimer and Wayne Latimer of Fla., and Judith Trumble of Dalton, nine grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and one great-great grandson.
FUNERAL NOTICE: Celebration of Life Service will be held at Wellington Funeral Home on East St., Pittsfield on October 6th at 3 p.m. Visitation will be from 2 to 3 p.m. prior to the service. Cemetery Service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to HospiceCare of the Berkshires for their extra care and support for her last days or any
in care of the funeral home 525 Main St., Dalton, MA 01226.
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Oct. 5, 2012