Elizabeth Rice Winston
1942 - 2021
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Elizabeth Rice
Winston
1942-2021
Elizabeth Rice Winston was born January 25, 1942 in Houston, Texas and passed away Sunday March 21, 2021 at her home near Washington-on-the-Brazos, Texas.
Libbie was the Founder and Director of The Peaceable Kingdom School following the tradition of pioneering education in her family. Her father, James O. Winston, Jr. was the founding Chairman of the Board of St. John's School, her mother was a founding Director of The Jung Center, and her great-great uncle, William Marsh Rice, founded Rice University. In her early years, she was an international debutante and world famous beauty. She studied astrology with Anna Jung, the daughter of Carl Jung. Then her passion for plants drew her to Washington County and Peaceable Kingdom Farm.
She moved to her property in Washington County in 1970 where she grew organic herbs and flowers and began healing the overgrazed land. People came to learn from her. Her ability to guide others led her to found the Peaceable Kingdom School dedicated to teaching organic gardening and crafts in 1972. Libbie has been a hands-on gardener and a teacher. She shared her knowledge through innumerable classes, lecture programs, and on site walks through the gardens and native plants of Texas. She has also guided the development of the many visitors, students, and staff members at PKS, helping them grow in knowledge and confidence.
Although Peaceable Kingdom School ceased offering classes some years ago, the impact on the residents and students, and those they taught, in the study of medicinal and edible herbs and arts and crafts such as blacksmithing, stained-glass making, and pottery continues to this day. Libbie lived at PK for the rest of her years.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Ella Botts Rice Winston and James O. Winston, Jr., and her brothers James O. Winston, III and David Winston. She is survived by her nieces and nephews, Matthew Winston, Frederick Winston, Elizabeth Winston Jones, J.O. Winston IV, William Winston, several great nieces and nephews, her former sister-in-law Susan Baker, and many dear friends, including Zenaida Alejandro, Hillary Loring, Benigno Diaz, Chris McCarthy, Deborah Dixon Roberts, and Marc Grossberg, She was formerly married to John Wilson Kelsey and Jerald David Mize.
She had an enthusiasm for the talents of others and nurtured those around her. There were few people anywhere as generous with their own time and knowledge.
Contributions can be made in her memory to the charity of your choice.
First Day of Spring
The spring equinox falls on the twenty first of March, when Libbie died.
Her languor, earthy; her leg, hollow; her humor rich and dangerous. Her sexy chuckle, her poise, her presence, her faultless timing; her nobility; the tilt of her hat.
All these will linger in this little notebook falling to bits, soon to be locked in a desk drawer,
And till the last hour when all our studies darken
It will record that the sun in the vast bright world was singing herself, and all the birds fell silent, listening, on this day.
Anthony & Deborah Dixon Roberts

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Published in Houston Chronicle on Apr. 4, 2021.
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Memories & Condolences
Guest Book sponsored by Lindley-Robertson-Holt Funeral Home - Navasota
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8 entries
April 10, 2021
Dearest Libbie..mostly I want to say Thank you. Thank you for creating the beauty of Peaceable Kingdom, thank you for expanding our knowledge of native plants, thank you for opening your life and home to the makers, artists, growers and dreamers...you blessed us all with your generosity, grace and beauty.
For myself, I’ve known you my whole life, and who I am in many ways is directly because of my experience at PK. I’m proud of the nickname The PK Kid. You were so generous to allow me to have my wedding there and I am honored to have been able to spend beautiful nights at Summerland. I will miss you always. Your example of life will be in my mind..you are a treasure forever.
Karyn Bergman
Friend
April 8, 2021
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April 8, 2021
For a period we both resided on Church St in Navasota, I enjoyed a visit to her yard as she pointed out the native plants and shared her wealth of knowledge. My children loved to roam Peaceable Kingdom when they were small, For certain, the Earth will miss her as a caretaker and one who found beauty in Nature.
Debbie Hancock
Acquaintance
April 6, 2021
One of the nicest ladies I had the pleasure to know many years ago.
Janice Sechelski
April 6, 2021
Beautiful lady, inside and out. I am glad to have taken a class at Peaceable Kingdom and to have gotten to know her. She will be remembered.
Laurie Britton Lind
Student
April 5, 2021
Libby’s grace, knowledge, generosity, and humor touched so many lives in positive ways. For me such wonderful memories when PK was in it’s very early, beginning stages. I learned so much from her and the people that gravitated to that magical time and place. Grateful to have been a small part of it. Thanks Libby.
Dianne Barrow formerly Dianne Turner
Friend
April 5, 2021
Thank you Libby for letting us share your land. I remember photographing beautiful wildflower meadows, relaxing on the oversized porch, and partying at festivals. What a good time!
Eleanor McKinney
Friend
April 4, 2021
This such sad news to read, but yet another moment of grateful reflection on PK, the friendships made there and Libby’s generosity. I hope that leaving a note here leads to a reconnection or two with 1970s folk. Libby would laugh in a happy way about it. -Tom Teasdale (tomteasdale2@ gmail.com)
Tom Teasdale
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