ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

Joyce Beverly Winn, 74

Joyce Beverly Winn, 74, of Laporte, died on Sunday, April 8, 2007, at SCCI Hospital in Fargo, N.D. A funeral will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday at the Jones-Pearson Funeral Home of Park Rapids with Rev. Kent Dudley officiating. A visitation will be...

Joyce Beverly Winn, 74, of Laporte, died on Sunday, April 8, 2007, at SCCI Hospital in Fargo, N.D.

A funeral will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday at the Jones-Pearson Funeral Home of Park Rapids with Rev. Kent Dudley officiating. A visitation will be held one hour prior to the service on Friday at the funeral home.

Honorary pallbearers will be her grandchildren.

She was born on Feb. 5, 1933, to Ross and Mildred (Mays) Thomas II, in Bloomington, Ill. Spending most of her youth in Bloomington, she attended public school through the 10th grade. Her family moved to Streator, Ill., where she graduated from the Streator High School in 1951. Following her graduation, she worked at the Streator National Bank as a bookkeeper. She married Harold Arthur Winn on Dec. 23, 1952, at the Methodist Church in Ransom, Ill. They had four children. She dedicated herself to making a warm and loving home for her family. She was a wonderful cook and baker who will be long remembered for her delicious home cooked meals. Due to his career in the Air Force and later in retail sales, the Winn family relocated to many parts of the country where she looked forward to setting up a new home for her family and making many new friends. In 1975, she began a career working as a church secretary throughout the country in the various cities where they resided.

They enjoyed annual vacations to the lake country of northern Minnesota and upon their retirement in 1995, they and their family began building their dream home on Lake Payne in northern Hubbard County. She served as the cook, picture taker and errand runner during this big family project. She loved the outdoors and especially enjoyed their lake property where she fed and watched the deer, eagles and osprey and other animals that graced their property. She had a deep appreciation for music and had sang in many church choirs. She was an accomplished soloist and had sang at many weddings and funerals throughout her life time. Above all, she devoted her life to her husband, her children and her grandchildren.

ADVERTISEMENT

She is survived by her husband; children, Larry (Mary Jo) of Hampshire, Ill., Richard (Cindy) of Murphy's, Calif. and Karen and Keith Winn Sr., both of Laporte; seven grandchildren; one great-grandchild; brothers, Ross P. Thomas III of Bemidji and Douglas (Barb) Thomas of Lake George; sister, Andrea (David) Graves of Lafayette, Ind.; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

She was preceded in death by an infant son, Jeremy David; and her parents.

What To Read Next
Mike Clemens, a farmer from Wimbledon, North Dakota, was literally (and figuratively) “blown away,” when his equipment shed collapsed under a snow load.
Wanda Patsche, new Farm Camp director, has farmed with her husband near I-90 in southern Minnesota since the 1970s and shares her passion for farming on her blog.