Mildred Missouri "Mitzi" Winesett

Mildred M. Winesett LEXINGTON - Mildred Missouri "Mitzi" Winesett died on November 26, 2012. Having lived with cancer for 12 years, Mitzi died the way she had lived -- with passion, and courage, and deep love for her large circle of family and friends. Mitzi is survived by Ann White, with whom she lovingly shared her life; by her loving brother, J. Dean Winesett and his wife, Maxine, whom she considered a sister, of Landrum, SC; and her loving sister, Kay W. Grant of Pawleys Island. She is also survived by ten nieces and nephews and eighteen great nieces and nephews, all of whom she adored. She was predeceased by her parents, Lem and Evelyn Perkins Winesett, and a brother, William Garrett Winesett of Georgetown, SC. Mitzi grew up in Marion, SC, the youngest of four children. Her early years provided the foundation of many of her lifelong interests and passions -- a commitment to family, a love of people and experiences, and the ability to embrace life fully and joyfully, She and her family spent summers in Murrells Inlet, SC, where from an early age, in the creeks and marshes of the Inlet, she learned a deep respect for the natural world. Attuned to the rhythms of the tides and the seasons, Mitzi developed regard for all living things. Throughout her life, she maintained her sense of awe and wonder and connection to the earth, and was committed to caring for it. After graduating from Marion High School, Mitzi attended Columbia College where she was actively involved in all aspects of campus life. She graduated in 1970, and continued her formal education at the University of South Carolina, earning an M.A.T in Health Education, and a M.E.D. in Counselor Education. She went on to pursue a career in higher education and counseling, working with college students for over 30 years. Mitzi was a counselor at Anderson College for nine years before returning in 1989 to her beloved alma mater, Columbia College where she was Director of Counseling Services and an invaluable member of the campus community until her retirement in 2010. Mitzi believed passionately in helping students recognize their unique abilities and gifts, and believed education should focus on the development of the whole person -- mind, body, and spirit. Among Mitzi's many professional recognitions and awards over the years, none were more meaningful to her than the great number of cards, letters and calls she received from students and colleagues, who let her know how much they had benefitted from her wise counsel, and perhaps more importantly, her example and friendship. Mitzi was one of those few gifted people who was able to live life to the fullest, no matter what she was experiencing. She had a genuine love and reverence for all life, which was evident in the way that she gently and lovingly moved through the world with intention and presence. And she had the power to make any occasion a celebration of life. Considered a woman of wisdom by all who knew her -- siblings, nieces and nephews, friends, colleagues and students -- Mitzi's message lives on: Life is a gift; live it fully, and make the most of the life you have. Services will be at 2:00 PM on Friday, November 30, 2012 at College Place United Methodist Church, 4801 Colonial Drive, Columbia, SC. A reception follows in Columbia College Alumnae Hall. In lieu of flowers, Memorials may be made to Columbia College, 1301 Columbia College Drive, Columbia, SC 29203 for the Mitzi Winesett Good Samaritan Account; or to Planting Peace, PO Box 607, Destin FL 32540, a non-profit for Haitian orphan relief, founded and operated by Mitzi's nephew, Aaron Jackson.

Published in The State on Nov. 29, 2012