Gwendolyn Willene Winters, the daughter of William and Frances Edwards, was born October 20, 1955, in Indianapolis, Indiana. Gwendolyn attended Indianapolis Public Schools and graduated from Northwest High School.
Gwendolyn’s fulltime ministry (NOT job) was being both wife and mother and she fully devoted herself to raising her children in the admonition of the Lord. She poured herself into her children because she believed God’s Word when it says to “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6. It took work, but her favorite verse to encourage herself and other mothers was Galatians 6:9 “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.” And when all else failed, she was quick to tell us “Don’t shame my name!” or pull us close to her and whisper “Let me share something with you!”
Gwen, who was affectionately known as “Granny” was the type of grandma that would have all her grandkids over, at the same time, for a sleep-over that included a tea party, Mr. Monster, Squirrely, and ended with breakfast at Hardees. They will always remember their time together with Granny.
She was a longtime member of Trinity Baptist Church, whereby many she was known as Mother Winters. She served as a deaconess, choir member, children’s church/VBS teacher, and women’s Sunday school teacher. Mom was the type that was ready to teach, in season and out of season, no matter what the topic she always had a scripture verse that spoke to the matter. You know Gwen, all she knew was Bible. She not only talked about God’s Word, but she lived it out and shared it with EVERYONE she encountered even until the very end. She took her gift of talking very seriously.
Gwendolyn Willene Winters departed this life on Monday, May 16, at the age of 66 years old. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Larry Winters Sr., of 34 years, her youngest son Benjamin Renault Winters (Renata), and her brother, William Edwards. She leaves to cherish her memory: Larry Winters Jr. (Jen), Jennifer Moore (Shawn), Aaron Winters (Dawn), Leslie Winters, three siblings and a host of grandchildren, relatives and friends.