Thelma Stanley Winter passed from this life into heaven on January 21, 2021 with Love surrounding her. Born August 6, 1930, in Savannah, Georgia, to Thelma Stephens Winter and Albert Louie Winter, Sr., she grew up in Pooler, Georgia, graduating from Marlow High School in 1947. She worked as a lab technician at Howard’s Laboratory, then Memorial Medical Center, retiring in 1990.
Affectionately known as “Dinkie'' by those who knew her best, she had a quick smile and an infectious laugh. She was a 60-year cancer survivor, an experience that shaped her life, but due to her determination, did not define it. She was a compassionate caregiver, and took care of both her mother and uncle at the end of their lives. For years, she served as the family photographer, and also took on the task of researching and writing the family genealogy. She was well known for baking and generously sharing what came to be known as “the best pound cake in the world” from an old family recipe. She also loved to travel, both near and far, and maintained correspondence with countless friends and family members.
She was strong in her Christian faith, serving as a children’s club leader at the Savannah Baptist Center for many years, and also as an active member of Windsor Forest Baptist Church. She visited numerous people who were homebound, in hospitals, and in nursing homes. But her greatest legacy of faith is found in the natural generosity, kindness, and joy she radiated in her everyday life.
Survivors include her brother, Ned Winter; sister-in-law, Sandee Winter; nephews, Jeff Winter, Robert Winter (Ann), Steve Winter (Debbie), Wesley Winter (Kim); niece, Cindy Winter (Scott Selfridge); and sister-in-love, Mildred Wester; as well as great-nieces, Katherine Coleman (Trey), Kyndall, Keeley, and Karsyn Winter; and great-nephews, Johnathan Winter (Alice), Keith Winter (Lauren), and Michael Winter (Danni). She was preceded in death by her brother, Albert Louie Winter, Jr.
Special appreciation and thanks to the staff of Savannah Square, as well as to the personal caregivers who showed her so much devotion and love.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be sent to: Windsor Forest Baptist Church, 12521 White Bluff Rd., Savannah, GA 31419, American Cancer Society https://donate3.cancer.org/ or the Savannah Baptist Center, 704 Wheaton St., Savannah, GA 31401.
- , Savannah
Miss Winters was always kind an considerate of others. To the family, I'm sorry for your loss.
- Regina Mills (Employee) Handle With Loving Care, Savannah, Georgia
Thelma was such a sweet lady. I met her when she and my mother, Martha, became roommates at Savannah Square Health Center. They spent the next 4 years as residents of Palmetto Inn. Thelma was a great friend to Martha. As Ms. Bennie said, they danced into heaven together. I am so very sorry for your loss.
- Carolyn Speir, Pooler, GA
Services under the direction of:
Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel
- Services will be annouced at a later date