Virginia Lea Winnett
Aug. 7, 1944 - July 22, 2017

Contributed photoVirginia Lea Winnett

Virginia Lea Winnett, 72, of John Day passed away Saturday, July 22, at Partners in Care in Bend. A celebration of life will be held at 11:30 a.m. Sept. 2 at the John Day Golf Club.

On Aug. 7, 1944, Winnett was born to Thomas Anderson “TA” and Marguerite (Bowen) Harris, in Alturas, California. She attended and graduated from Prairie City High School in 1962. In that same year, she married her first husband, John Forrest, in Prairie City. She later remarried Gene Winnett in 1988 in Portland.

She worked for both the John Day appraiser’s office and John Day school district. She was also a homemaker, rancher’s wife and loving mother.

Winnett enjoyed golfing, reading, cooking, canning and traveling with friends. She was a member of the John Day Ladies Golf Club and was also an Eastern Star. She was proud of her two loving marriages, two daughters and her two stepchildren. She was an avid golfer and enjoyed having people stop by and visit as they golfed.

Winnett is preceded in death by her first husband, John Forrest, and her brother Bill Harris.

She is survived by her second husband, Gene Winnett, of John Day; daughter Carrie Caudell and her husband, Dennis, of Fairview; daughter Shellie Johnson and her husband, Mark, of Boring; stepson Kevin Winnett and his wife, Leslie, of Gresham; stepdaughter Tiffany Rice and her husband, Greg, of Pendleton; brother Jackson Harris of Prairie City; brother Richard Harris of Prairie City; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to Blue Mountain Hospice or Meals on Wheels through Driskill Memorial Chapel at 241 S. Canyon Blvd., John Day, OR 97845.

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