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Fayanna M. Winters, 95 year old Mooreland resident, passed away peacefully Sunday, July 30, 2017 at the Alliance Health Woodward. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, August 4, 2017 in the First United Methodist Church of Mooreland with Pastor Max Whipple, her grandson-in-law and Reverend Larry Masoner presiding. Burial will follow in the Union Cemetery. Visitation will be at the Billings Chapel of Mooreland on Thursday from 9:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.

Fayanna May (Garvie) Winters was born March 10, 1922 on the family farm south of Quinlan, Oklahoma. She attended the Mayfield School until the 8th grade. Fayanna graduated from Quinlan High School in 1940. She later attended and graduated from beauty school in Enid.

Fayanna was united in marriage to John Winters on July 10, 1946 in Albuquerque, New Mexico in a dual wedding with his sister, Winnie Arbogast. They honeymooned at Pikes Peak and they always had a great time sharing with the family the stories they had from that trip. They made their first home in Waynoka, Oklahoma where they were blessed with the birth of their son, John (J.T.). The family later moved to Kingsmill, Texas for Johns work with the Santa Fe Railroad where they also farmed and ranched. They were soon blessed with the birth of their daughter, Brenda. They continued living in Kingsmill until retirement and then moved back to Mooreland in 1990 to farm and ranch. Moving back allowed John and Fayanna to be more involved with their granddaughters, which they dearly loved. Fayanna has lived in Mooreland since that time.

Fayanna briefly worked as a beauty operator in Woodward before she was married. When her children were young, she was very involved in FFA and 4-H. She shared her love of animals with them and she enjoyed taking J.T. and Brenda to ride in parades and rodeos.. Fayanna was her husband, Johns best friend and business partner in ranching and farming. After the kids were older, Fayanna started working for the Santa Fe Railroad, where she worked for 13 years. Fayanna was a dedicated wife and mother, fantastic cook, home maker, and pioneer woman. Friends and family would say, Fayanna was a classy lady, always well put together.

To her grandchildren, Grandma Fayanna was always quick with a cookie, one of her famous hamburgers or a coke and a listening ear. She fixed lunch for the girls during their high school years, which are special memories they will always cherish. Grandma Fayanna would take them shopping and a fashion show would follow for she and Grandpa. The girls always enjoyed their Merle Norman make up shopping trips with Grandma Fayanna. Her grandchildren and great grandchildren were fortunate to have such a caring, loving and thoughtful Grandma. She never missed sending a birthday card to show she cared.

Fayanna was a life long member of the United Methodist Church where she enjoyed her Wesleyan Sunday School Class members and church family.

She is survived by her children: J.T. Winters and wife Teresa of Mooreland, Brenda Brown and husband Michael of Frisco, Texas; grandchildren: Hattie and Max Whipple of Beaver, Gayla Ballou of Decatur, Texas, Cara and Anthony Martinez of Keller, Texas, Brittany Winters of Houston, Texas and David SanDiego, stationed at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina; great-grandchildren: Joanna, Jax, John, and Jilly Whipple of Beaver; Maggie, Laynee, Hartlyn and Bowman Ballou of Decatur, Texas; Amelia and Ella Martinez of Keller, Texas; other relatives and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband John, one brother, Burdette Isaac Garvie, a sister Ruth Holloway and an infant sister.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Union Cemetery with the funeral home accepting the contributions on behalf of the family.

Remembrances may be shared online at www.billingsfuneralhomewoodward.com
Published on August 2, 2017
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