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.