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Aug. 13, 1921 - Oct. 30, 2013
Winona Ireland, 92, passed away in her sleep in Woodland on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013.
Winona was born Aug. 13, 1921 in Los Angeles. She attended Winters High School and enjoyed dancing and playing tennis. Soon after graduating with the class of 1940, she worked at Roseberry's Soda Fountain in Winters. At this time, Wayne Ireland came a-calling and the courtship began; they were married on Nov. 16, 1940.
Wayne's work with Shell Oil Company before WWII took the couple to Carson City, Nev., then Quincy, and back to the Central Valley. After WWII, Wayne and Winona made Winters their permanent home.
Winona was a homemaker and enjoyed cooking (some say she used too much garlic), volunteering for the Boy/Cub Scouts, PTA, teaching Sunday School and playing Bridge; she was a very accomplished (and competitive) Bridge player.
Wayne and Winona had three children: Michael, Pattie and Tim. Wayne died in 1993; they were married for 53 years.
Winona was proud of her children and was blessed with six grandchildren, Michelle Ireland Pascoe, Michael Ireland, Jr., Heidi Naekel Schrieber, John Wayne Naekel, Meagan Ireland Glaudel and Timothy Ireland. She was further blessed with nine great grandchildren, Courtney Pascoe, Haley Pascoe, Kaitlyn Ireland, Maecie Ireland, Kellen Ireland, Owen Graeber, Mason Glaudel, Emma Glaudel and James Naekel.
A graveside service will be held at the Winters Cemetery at 11 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 7. A luncheon and celebration of life will follow at Tomat's Restaurant on the Winters Highway. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Stollwood Convalescent Hospital, 135 Woodland Ave., Woodland, 95695.
Published in Daily Democrat on Nov. 3, 2013