Winnie A (Quillin) Rhodes Warner, 103, of De Soto, Kan., formerly of Wynona, Okla., passed away quietly Dec. 15, 2011 at Hillside Village Rest Home, De Soto, Kan.
Winnie was born July 30, 1908 in Wanette, Okla., the fifth of ten children to Frank and Mary Etta (Smalley) Quillin. Her father owned a cotton gin and grocery store before, during and after the Great Depression.
She was the first of her family to complete high school; she graduated from Wynona High School, Wynona, Okla., in 1926.
A very giving person throughout her long life, Winnie was an avid gardener who grew vegetables for the family and others in Wynona, where she raised her children and spent the majority of her life. She loved her flowers and often said that, “Anyone can make a garden, but it takes a good woman to grow flowers.” Winnie also quilted and embroidered. Her family members and friends were recipients of many of her beautiful handmade items. She also donated to various charities, especially Church and Eastern Star functions.
She retired as Postmaster in Wynona after 31 years of service. After retiring Winnie and Joe enjoyed many winters at Traveler’s Rest in Florida where they made new friends and participated in activities such as square dancing, swimming and crafts.
After the death of Joe Warner she remained at Wynona, Okla. for a few years and then moved to De Soto where she lived with her daughter, Evelyn Sue (Rhodes) Oyler, for several years before moving to Hillside Village Rest Home, for her remaining years.
She enjoyed her 100th birthday party, held at Lakeside, Kill Creek Park, De Soto, to which many family members and friends attended. Winnie will be dearly missed, always loved and remembered by her family and friends.
Winnie was preceded in death by her parents; brothers Virgil, Clay, James, Claude, Alva and sisters Sally, Rosie, Mae and Alice; husbands Clell Rhodes and Joe Warner; son Harry Wesley Rhodes, Chehalis, Wash., daughter Evelyn Sue (Rhodes) Oyler, De Soto; and a granddaughter Rhee Ann (Rhodes) Martinez.
She is survived by 8 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and 26 great-great-grandchildren as well as nieces and nephews
Graveside services will be held Dec. 19, 2011 at Powell Memorial Cemetery, Hominy, Okla. Contact McCartney’s Johnson Funeral Home, Pawhuska, OK (918-287-2297) for details. Local arrangements by Bruce Funeral Home, Gardner, KS (913) 856-7111. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Olathe Medical Hospice, 20333 W 151st St, Bld 2, Suite 301, Olathe, KS 66061, (913) 324-8585, in honor of Winnie Warner. Condolences may be left at www.brucefuneralhome.com.
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