Winifred B. Minor, 1913 ~ 2014
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Former Moab resident Winifred B. Minor passed away Jan. 13, 2014, in Portland, Ore. She was born Aug. 22, 1913, in Los Gatos, Calif., to Frank Echo Butler and Winifred Tooze Butler, descendants of California and Oregon pioneers.

After graduating with distinction from San Jose State College, Winifred taught school, married and began her family. She and husband Carl designed a rammed-earth home, which they built in Martinez, Calif., with the help of their three children, David, Susan, and Sylvia. After Carl’s death in 1981, Winifred moved to Moab to be near David, who worked for the National Park Service and later the Bureau of Land Management.

Throughout the 1960s Winifred traveled and painted in Mexico, the United States and Canada. During this era she studied and painted with prominent artists Rex Brandt (Southern California), Jade Fon and Thomas Leighton (San Francisco), and Barse Miller (Maine). Expert in all media, she preferred watercolor. Her love of nature is apparent in her many still-life paintings; but, a professional portrait painter, her portraits number in the hundreds.

During her happy years in Moab, Winifred enjoyed spending time with David and his family Nancy, Ken, and Annette; painting landscapes, florals, and portraits, and raising roses, sunflowers, and vegetables. After daughter Susan Miller moved to Moab, Winifred took pleasure in grandchildren Melanie and Jill. She cherished her many Moab friendships. After David’s death Winifred moved into the Portland, Ore., home of daughter Sylvia Skarstad and son-in-law Dennis. In August, Winifred celebrated her 100th birthday with family, friends and music.

Winifred is survived by daughters, Susan Miller and Sylvia Skarstad; grandchildren, Ken Minor, Annette Gabriella, Melanie Scadden, Jill Miller, and Erika Oliver; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Throughout her life, Winifred modeled Courage, Love, and Service, values she extolled in her 1931 Los Gatos High School valedictory address that closes with these words from an unnamed poet: “While we work there’s chance for giving/While we give life’s worth living/While we live there’s room for growing/While we grow there’s time for sowing ...”

Winifred’s long, productive life will be celebrated this summer in Arcata, Calif.

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