Winnie, daughter of George Demming and Olivia Rudolph Young, was raised on a dairy farm in the Oakland hills where her parents homesteaded and raised six children. They learned self sufficiency early on and during the depression she and her sister delivered milk for Young Dairy.
A voracious reader, Winnie graduated from high school at age 15 and earned two bachelor’s degrees in June of 1941 in Church Music and Christian Education from the University of Pacific, Stockton, Calif.
Her love of the Lord Jesus Christ and her desire to serve Him were the foundation of Winnie’s marriage to Reverend Charles Harrison Washburn in 1941 and their life of ministry and service in St. Anthony and Rexburg, Idaho; Effingham, Ill.; Edinburgh, Scotland; Idaho Falls, Idaho; Sheridan, Wyo.; San Francisco, Calif. and the greater San Francisco Bay area during the 62 years of their marriage.
In 1960, Winnie began her career in Special Education that spanned the next 25 years and included a Masters in Special Education from San Francisco State College, and writing a major teaching manual on mainstreaming special needs kids back into the classroom, which is still in use to this day worldwide.
After Harry retired from full time ministry they were called into ministry to convalescent homes and Winnie acted as the administrator of two different sets of outreach in the Bay Area that involved many volunteers to a large number of rest homes. This experience encouraged Winnie to get her master’s degree in Gerontology from San Francisco State University. She wrote her thesis on the spiritual needs in the aging process.
Later on, Winnie pursued a master’s degree in Theology from San Francisco Theological Seminary and was always deeply involved in expanding her Biblical knowledge and faith. Both Harry and Winnie enjoyed the fellowship of numerous Jewish friends, which led her to write a book: “To the Jew first and then to the Gentile,” a study guide to a book about the “Study on the Book of Acts” written by Dr Arno Froese. Her last book was accepted in March 2016 for publication. It is about how Jesus Christ fulfilled all the Old Testament Prophesies and was indeed the long-expected Jewish Messiah.
Winnie was also an accomplished poet and published numerous works including republishing her mother’s manual on how to write poetry, “Rhyme, Rhythm, and Diction” by Olivia Young. She and Harry traveled widely around the world and always wanted to explore new places.
This March, Harriet took her a “completion of life journey” to see family and friends in California and Nevada. The stress of the trip took a toll on her 98 year “young” body and the “Energizer Bunny Batteries” finally ran down. She was a survivor to the end and an inspiration to all who met her.
Winnie was predeceased by brothers George D. Young Jr. and William Morehead Young, and sister Jean Lucille Greenshields.
Winnie is survived by her younger brother Robert (Chris) Young, Temecula, Calif.; younger sister Marion Young, Ashland, Ore.; daughter, Harriet Young Priska; sons, John (Marjie) Washburn, Fresno, Calif., and George (Marcia) Washburn, Des Moines, Wash.; five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
A celebration of her life was held at the Escalante Baptist Church on Saturday, April 30. A celebration of her life was also held at the Community Presbyterian Church in Cedar City, Utah on May 1.
In lieu of Flowers, the family asks for donations to an outreach for street orphans in Bucharest, Romania, Archway, PO Box 26162, West Haven, CT 06516-9988, http://www.archwayinc.org.