Mary Gertrude Winton

Mary Gertrude Winton

March 1924 – January 2021

Mary Gertrude Winton, loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother passed peacefully of natural causes on January 3, 2021 at Covenant Village in Turlock, CA. Mary is survived by her son Dan (Kathy), her daughter Mary Kay (Mike), four grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

Mary was born in Inglewood, CA in 1924 to Elizabeth and Clarence Farmer and later moved to Turlock together with her two brothers where her father opened a successful optometry practice. She attended Turlock High School and the University of California, Berkeley where she was a member of the Kappa Delta sorority. While in high school she met the love of her life, Keith Winton, who after graduating from Livingston High also attended Cal. Following their marriage in 1945, Mary returned to finish her studies at Cal and Keith was dispatched to the Pacific as a commissioned naval officer. After the war they returned to Livingston where Keith joined his father at the Winton Insurance Agency and Mary raised their two children until joining Keith at the agency where Mary worked for more than 50 years.

Mary enjoyed the annual 4th of July festivities in their backyard, visiting her grandchildren in Newport Beach and Berkeley, trips to Yosemite, playing bridge with friends, and reading to young children at the elementary school. Mary’s Christian faith was important to her and she was active in the Livingston Methodist Church for many years.

Mary will be remembered for her kindness, her engaging smile, her gentle spirit, her devotion to her family and her dedication to community service.

Contributions can be made in her name to Covenant Hospice, 125 North Broadway, #1A, Turlock, CA 95380, to the Covenant Memorial Fund c/o Covenant Living of Turlock, 2125 North Olive Ave., Turlock, CA 95382, or to the Friends of the Livingston Library, c/o Bonnie Key, 1601 2nd Street, Livingston, CA 92660.

Memorial Service on Saturday, August 7, 2021 at 11:00am at United Methodist Church, Livingston, CA.


  • Daniel Catoe February 5, 2021 2:33 pm

    I was so sorry to see your mom’s passing. Mary was a true lady in every sense of the word. I was Mary’s hairstylist for several years and it was always uplifting to see her. She always made me feel like I was a good friend. Sincerely Dan Catoe

    • Mary Kay March 25, 2021 4:22 pm

      Thank you Dan. She would talk about you, your wonderful conversations and she loved talking about fashion and hairstyles.

  • Ida Escola February 6, 2021 6:18 pm

    Dan and Mary Kay, your mom was such a kind and friendly person, she will be missed. Take care and peace be with you. Share those memories with your kids and grandkids, may they bring a smile.

    • Mary Kay March 25, 2021 4:24 pm

      Thank you Ida. We have been sharing memories and laughter. We were lucky to grow up in Livingston with such a vibrant community.

  • Susan Uhrhammer Brower February 10, 2021 3:58 am

    Wishing you my heartfelt condolences on the passing of your mom, Dan and Mary Kay. I only met her a few times, but she always had the sweetest smile and her graciousness made her a joy to be around. We’re losing a wonderful generation as our parents gradually leave us. The life experiences they shared,and the fond memories we have of them, are beyond measure.
    Take care, and know that the entire LHS community is thinking of you and your families.

    • Mary Kay March 25, 2021 4:29 pm

      Thank you Susan –
      Our Mom and Dad loved the community and participating. In all activities. We have been sharing lots of pictures and stories.

      It is sad to say good bye to their generation. They all were so important to who we are today.

  • Mike and Betty Ireland February 10, 2021 5:19 pm

    So many wonderful memories. It was such a pleasure to be part of the Winton-Ireland family for 48 years.
    Mary was indeed a lovely lady, friend and partner. We will for ever be great full to her for the years of kindness and loyalty. May she Rest In Peace.

    • Mary Kay March 25, 2021 4:32 pm

      Mike and Betty – oh so many years of memories. Mom and Dad were lucky to have you join the team.

      Thank you for your kind words and all that you did for them – during Dad’s illness and supporting Mom after. Family and friends are so important.

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