Barbara Winchester

Barbara Ann Winchester (Metzger)

Wednesday, November 2nd, 1932 - Thursday, August 20th, 2020
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Barbara Ann Winchester was born Nov 2, 1932 and passed away Aug 20, 2020. She is preceded in death by her beloved husband of 25 years, Lloyd Winchester, parents Theodore and Ann Metzger and both brothers, Robert “Bob” and Paul Metzger.
She is survived by her daughter Cynthia Turner Hirsh of Los Angeles California and her son Theodore “Teddy” Hirsh, and her second daughter, Barbara “Bobbi” Turner Smith, who resides in Dallas Texas.
Mom was born and and raised in St Louis MO until June of 1964 when she divorced George Turner Jr and moved us to Irving Texas where relatives lived. Mom met Lloyd Winchester Jr. through mutual friends and three years later, in 1967, they married.
Mom was always a hardworking, industrious person. She worked as a teenager at the local phone company and dress shops and, as a woman, she earned college credits and worked in real estate before becoming employed by McGraw Hill. At first, she was an office secretary and, over time, rising to become an industry reporter. Her intelligence, personality, great communication skills and beauty, enabled her to successfully navigate a man’s world of architects, engineers and construction developers to gain insight and write articles about large commercial developments around Dallas Ft Worth.
Mom was a great cook, known for her fried chicken and cream gravy, her little pizza appetizers, and potato pancakes. Much of what she learned about cooking was through her mother-in-law, but she also took on old family recipes of her own mother and often made them better.
Outside the home, mom was a long term and very active member of AMBUCS and served as its President, when it was an all woman’s club, helping to raise lots of money to purchase the specialized bikes for the disabled kids who they served. She and Lloyd were also immersed in all the activities of the Irving Elks Lodge and the Shriners. Mom and Lloyd had a happy, busy life together. They had many friends, hosted and joined in on lots of social activities, they loved to travel and to dance! Oh, they loved to dance!
They worked hard to retire early and then moved to Rancho Viejo in south Texas. Lloyd taught mom to golf and they built a whole new community of friends. With Lloyd’s death in 1992, she found a new sense of independence, becoming a member of the volunteer fire department there and had several funny stories about responding to fires that were nearly out by the time she got her gear on! She also played golf in several leagues and became a low-handicap golfer, joining a Pro-Am tour with friends to New Zealand and did very well!
Mom moved back to her beloved Irving in 2000 when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She was able to overcome that health problem as she did every obstacle in life: through faith, diligence and a “Can do” attitude. She moved to Denver for two years to live near her daughter Bobbi and was loved by many members of the Metropolitan Community Church of the Rockies but returned to Irving when the recession hit in 2008.
She became close and enjoyed several years together with Charlie Stalcup until 2019 when mom moved into assisted living at The Villages of Dallas.
Upon her death, mom’s body was donated to UT Southwest for research. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Alzheimers’s Prevention Foundation by clicking the link below or to Plymouth Park Methodist Church, her longtime home church in Irving by clicking here
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Jacqualea Cooley

Posted at 01:23am
I loved your mother. Sat behind her in church for a number of years . She was kind, loving, and had a great sense of humor!
B Posted at 12:21pm

I remember you and we loved you and your family! Mom had a quick decline which is merciful in away but so sad in another way. She was a smart, beautiful woman who loved her church and all her friends. God bless you and your family-Bobbi

marty graham

Posted at 06:09pm
I always enjoyed your mom's warm greeting and smile. I knew her at PPUMC and more when she 'joined' our Blessed Sisters group during her breast cancer experience. She was a fun and sharp lady, still more impressive than i realized after reading her fine obituary. i know she will be missed by many. God bless. marty graham

Bobbi Turner Smith Posted at 10:20am

Thank you Marty, mom was a really interesting and fun person and the Blessed Sisters meant alot to her. I went with her a few times and she loved the great mix of women. Please give everyone a big hug from mom and I

Britney Johnson

Posted at 06:01pm
I just loved Barbara she was a Sweet heart. She would also let you know what was on her mind. She was beautiful inside and out. She touched quite a few lives in the time I knew her. Bobbi and Barbara has became family to me. I'm going to miss her and her warm smile. Her voice as I would speak to her when coming into the community, " Hey kiddo!"

My prayers are with the family, that the Lord my give you peace, strength and comfort at this time.
Love Britney! Her activity coordinators at the Villages.
One of my favorite pictures of her!
B Posted at 12:02am

Thanks for sitting and talking to her and including her in stuff even as it became more difficult, bless you

Carolyn Turner

Posted at 05:39pm
To all that loved her and I admire her unique as a woman display she showed passionate love and desire to say beautiful all her life she never wanted her hair to not be done her nails not to be done and she always wanted her clothes to match from head to toe even if she got cold she wanted to coat she wore to match her attire I admire her for what her dignity and courage to be strong and the way she loves her daughter I just asked God to bless her daughters give them strength because your mother was a strong woman that loved her family love always Carolyn Turner

Bobbi Turner Smith Posted at 10:23am

She was a stylish woman throughout her life and it was definitely just a part of her. You and other big-hearted helpers at The Villages, helped mom to hold on to who she was as long as possible. Your kindness, humor and insights into the disease will last forever in my heart! I'm sure mom is smiling down on you all now with a thankful heart. Thanks for your friendship Sis!

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