Sandra Jean (Jeanie) Winters peacefully passed away on Sunday, March 9, 2008, at Kingman Regional Medical Center.
She was born Aug. 25, 1943.
From time to time in life, you hear a song or a poem, see a picture or a landscape that causes your soul to stir.
Less often, one encounters a person who causes that same feeling.
As human beings, it is only later that we realize that we've been privileged to have witnessed God's artistry, heard His music, seen His handiwork and met an angel on earth.
Sandra Jean Winters, known to her friends as Jeanie, was that person.
She was a loving mother, the best grandma in the whole world, a wonderful sister, a close cousin and an extraordinary friend. Jeanie was born in Los Angeles, where she lived with her mom, Ethel, and dad, Walter, and her brother, Jim.
The McLaren's enjoyed boating and entertaining with the large McLaren clan (Jeanie had 17 cousins, whom she adored). She often said her cousin Ross could make her laugh just by looking at her, before saying a word.
Jeanie married Harry Winters III in 1963 and moved to Newport Beach, Calif. In 1965, they had their first child, Gina Louise. In 1966, they had Jamie Ross. And in 1969, they welcomed Harry Houston IV (Skip) into their lives.
Jeanie's life was all about her kids and her family. In the 70s, Jeanie enjoyed water skiing at Lake Mead, spending time at the beach and dirt bike riding in the Mojave Desert.
In 1980, Jeanie moved to Mammoth Lakes, Calif., and a whole new world opened up to her. She spent the following 35 years in the restaurant business and developed the most amazing bonds with some of the greatest people on earth ... her friends.
Jeanie absolutely loved the mountains and the Sierras.
She loved the ocean, her home, camping, dolphins, great food and sailboats.
In 2003, Jeanie was diagnosed with primary pulmonary hypertension and had no choice but to move out of the Sierras.
She spent the last five years of her life here in Kingman, working with her daughter in real estate, again touching the lives of even more people.
All who knew Jeanie were drawn to her by her genuine nature, abundant love, generosity, laughter and light. Jeanie was the very essence of compassion, style, class and of beauty. Above all, we give thanks for the life of a woman we are so proud to call our mom, grandma, sister, cousin and friend. She was unique, extraordinary and irreplaceable.
Jeanie (our center), whose beauty will never be extinguished, will live forever in our minds and hearts.
Memorial services are to take place in Mammoth Lakes on June 8 with a following service in Newport Beach for the family.
May the special memories of Jeanie make your heart smile.
Jeanie is survived by her devoted children, Gina and Evan Smith, Jamie and Matt McDermott, and Harry (Skip) Winters and fiance Heidi; her cherished grandchildren, Katy and Dillon Smith and Lindsey, Maylia and Caitlin McDermott, all of Kingman. She is also survived by her caring brother, James and Cathy McLaren of Huntington Beach; her nephew, Jeff and Gina McLaren and their son Hunter of Laguna Niguel, Calif.; and her beloved dog, Danny.