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Winnifred "Winnie" Eaton

May 28, 1925 - January 13, 2021

Winnifred  EatonWinnifred Winona Eaton died at the age of 95 years old on January 13, 2021 in Salem, Oregon.  She was born on May 28, 1925 to parents, Charles and Mary Newton in Haines, Oregon.

Winnie graduated from Salem High School, and shortly after graduation married Myron E. Eaton on October 24, 1942.  They were married for 65 years.

During World War II, Winnie lived in Texas and South Dakota while Myron served in the Air Force. After he was discharged, they moved to Salem and lived here until 1987 when they moved to Oregon City to live near their oldest daughter.  They lived there for 13 years, before coming back to Salem in the year 2000.

Winnie was the secretary for Salem Private Schools for 3 years and worked at Meier & Frank in the cashier’s office. She was also a payroll clerk for Salem Police and worked at Franz Optical. 

They attended First Baptist Church in Salem where she sang in the choir, and in a ladies trio. When Myron was asked to start a choir and play the organ at Willamette Baptist Church in 1961, Winnie sang in the choir, and began teaching Women’s Sunday School class and a Women’s Bible Study. When Willamette Baptist merged with Four Corners Baptist and became Grace Baptist Church, she again taught a Women’s Bible Study and Women’s Sunday School class. Winnie directed Vacation Bible School while teaching the children. She also sang in their choir, was head of Women’s Ministries, and was a Deaconess, and served for a year as president of Salem Christian Women’s Club.

Winnie loved reading the Bible, Women’s Ministries, music, scrabble, going to the coast and watching the ocean, and enjoyed doing embroidery.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Myron Eaton; and daughter, Kathleen Weitz

Winnie is survived by her daughters, Lynn Woodrum and Conie Krause; sister, Connie Kealey; 10 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and 14 great-great grandchildren.

A private service for Winnie was held at Willamette National Cemetery.

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