Winona Elizabeth Keating
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Winona Elizabeth Keating, a devoted wife, mother and grandmother, went home to be with the Lord on April 19, 2012, in Rancho Cucamonga, CA, after a courageous battle with Alzheimer's disease. She was born in Manchester, New Hampshire on Feb. 18, 1925, to David and Jennie Danielson. She married Curtis W. Smith Jr. and moved to Long Beach, CA in 1947. Together they had six children. Winona later married James Keating and they were long time residents of Fallbrook, CA, and active members of Emmanuel Faith Church. Their home was a gathering place for family and friends. They moved to Rancho Cucamonga in 2010 to be near family.
Winona was full of energy, a hard worker, and lots of fun. Her childhood nickname "Rugged" suited her well. She worked as an office manager for United Hay Co. until she retired at 72. Her many hobbies included entertaining, playing cards, cooking, baking, knitting, reading, and going out to eat. She enjoyed traveling, the beach, visiting her "home" state of New Hampshire, and ice cream.: Winona was happiest when surrounded by her loving family. She will be remembered as an extraordinary woman who was generous, quick witted, adventurous, independent, and strong. She will be dearly missed.
Winona was the family matriarch and leaves a legacy of faith, family and friends. She was preceded in death by her devoted husband James Keating, and daughters Leslie Smith and Sandra Shoap. She is survived by daughter's Karen Shackleford (Kent), Cindy Helton (Clyde), Jill Courange (Mark), son Trent Smith (Denise), son-in-law Art Shoap, many cherished grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews, her husband's family; Ron Keating (Vicky), Rick Keating (Leila) Steve Keating (Beth), Patty Smissen (David). The family wishes to express their sincere gratitude to Sunlit Gardens of Alta Loma and Charter Hospice for their wonderful caregiving.
A celebration of life and luncheon will be held on: Saturday, June 30, 2012, 12:00 p.m. Emmanuel Faith Community Church
639 E. 17th Ave., Escondido, CA 92025 Internment: Monday, July 2, 2012, 11:30 a.m. Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery - San Diego, CA Donations may be made in her memory to the Alzheimer's Foundation - www.alzfdn.org
Published in Inland Valley Daily Bulletin on June 17, 2012