Yvonne C Winters (1935 - 2018)

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Longtime Alaskan Yvonne C. Winters, 83, passed away Tuesday, July 24, 2018 at St. Elias Specialty Hospital in Anchorage.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2501 Maplewood Street in Anchorage. Viewing will be 1 hour prior to services at the church. She will be laid to rest at Spruce Grove Memorial Park in Kasilof.

Yvonne was born Feb. 10, 1935 in Murray, Utah. She moved to Alaska in 1951 with her family and graduated from Anchorage High School in 1953.

In the late 50s, she was a flight attendant for Cordova Air. In 1970s, 80s, and 90s, she was a grocery store clerk, switch board operator, receptionist, artist, office clerk in a real estate office, hotel clerk and marketing specialist.

Yvonne was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She was an incredible artist from painting to etching and drawing.

Her son writes, "Yvonne was born in northern Utah and raised in various small towns in that region. When she was a sophomore in high school, she was taken in by a foster family, the Wrights. In 1951, Yvonne and the Wrights traveled to Alaska and settled in Anchorage for a short time and later resettled in Soldotna.

"Yvonne graduated from high school in 1953. She did many things in her life from being a flight attendant to marketing specialist to switch board operator to retail. She had a few marriages along the way, along with 2 boys, Chuck and Kevin. She's had many, many amazing friends over the years as well.

"Yvonne was also a prolific artist. From glass etching to ceramics to painting and hand drawings, she was highly skilled at all those disciplines. It seemed to come so easily to her."

Yvonne was preceded in death by her mother, Adelaide Brookbush, father Myrle Collins, brother Dee Collins, and foster parents Madge and Zell Wright.

She is survived by her sons, Chuck Winters of Soldotna and Kevin Winters of Big Lake; granddaughters, Desiree Winters of Palmer and Mariah Winters of Wasilla; grandsons, Gavin and Taggert Fairbanks, both of Anchorage; great-granddaughters, Bailey and Kaia Hulen, both of Palmer; sisters, Bonnie Sanders and Sandra Shirley, both of Wendell, Idaho; foster brother, Kearlee Wright of Soldotna; and foster sister, Renae Vanthiel of Baker City, Ore.

Donations and condolences may be sent to 305 Endicott Dr., Soldotna, AK 99669.

Arrangements were by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai and Anchorage Funeral Home.
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Published in The Peninsula Clarion on Aug. 3, 2018