Carole Jean Winiker Muir
1938 - 2021
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Carole Jean Winiker Muir

Carole Jean Winiker Muir, born February 5, 1938, in Mojave, CA to James H. Winiker and Marietta Ritchie Winiker.

Carole Muir passed peacefully at home on March 25, 2021 with beloved husband John Muir at her side.

Carole's earliest years were lived in the Philippine Islands where she and her family spent three years as Prisoners of War in the city of Manila.

After returning to the states, she grew up and attended school in Ajo, AZ. Carole and husband John lived in Phoenix with an intervening 2 years in Australia. On March 2, 2021 they celebrated their 60th anniversary.

Carole raised four children: James (Sonya), Charles (Franny), Vanessa (Benno) and John. She leaves eight grandchildren, twelve great grandchildren and her brother Dick Winiker.

Carole loved to laugh, knew no strangers, had a gift for creating friendships, and was caring and supportive to family and friends, many of whom she met during her years in the front office at Creighton Elementary School and at Kitchen Classics.

She created a home where many gathered, and everyone was welcomed to stay for a glass of wine or dinner. She also made friends everywhere she went, she made many long-time friends of the workers at her favorite stores and never missed an opportunity to share a laugh or smile to brighten their days.

Carole was both rock and glue for her family and like all loved sisters, wives, and mothers will be sorely missed.

No services are planned. Memorial to be held at a later date.

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April 6, 2021
Dear Vanessa, I was so sorry to learn of your Mom’s passing. She was a wonderful woman who was always so welcoming and lit up every room with her smile. I really don’t believe she ever knew a stranger. Always remember her fondly, carry her in your heart and know what a wonderful daughter you have been. Thinking of you often...
Warm Regards,
Molly Chapas
Molly Chapas
April 5, 2021
Hey there---we were ALL really blessed knowing Carole. She was totally full of life!!! I worked in frt office @ Creighton Middle School & and she
either worked up frt or in the classrooms helping teachers. Plus she made a "mean" red chili burro"!!! One other thing-I never heard her say anything negative about anyone. Her picture brought back fun memories. Sheri Mohr
April 4, 2021
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
1 Pet. 5:10

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