Agnes Marie (DeMaris) (Windom) Winter was born the eldest of five children to LeRoy and Bertha Marie DeMaris at 8 Mile, Ore., on March 26, 1916. She died peacefully in Lyle on Aug. 17, 2011, at the age of 95.
As a girl, living three miles from the school house, her dad, Roy, gave her a choice of farm horses to ride to school. She chose the sturdiest, "Beauty," and left the other horse "Pin" for her siblings. As long as they behaved, they could ride with her on Beauty because being the eldest, she was "The Boss."
Agnes was a product of the Great Depression and wasted not so much as a dime, or a scrap of aluminum foil. She was probably one of our first environmentalists, and she took that work seriously.
When Agnes was about 16, she met her first husband-to-be, Donald Sumner Windom, through a Percheron horse trading deal between her father and Don's father. Don and Agnes married in the spring of 1933 and the first of their two sons, Garth LeRoy, was born in 1934. Their second son, Larry, was born 16 months later. Around this time, the Windom and the DeMaris families sold out in Oregon and moved to Goldendale.
Don and Agnes divorced in 1943 and she and the two boys moved to White Salmon when she married Delbert Winter. They subsequently had two more children, Lyla and Lyle.
Agnes later moved to Wishram where she lived many years and enjoyed her pinochle club and many church activities and friends there.
As she aged and you'd ask Agnes how she was doing, she would always reply, "I'm still the same old wreck." If you'd ask her if she was worried about anything she would say, "If I have a worry I just give it to Jesus and he takes care of it." She also liked to say, "I might not be the best, but I'm as good as the rest."
Agnes will be missed by all who knew her and loved her.
Agnes was preceded in death by her two husbands, her youngest sister Valdora, daughter Lyla, son Lyle, son Garth and great-granddaughter Ashlee.
She is survived by her son Larry; sisters Bonnie Kimbro and Florence Kuni; brother Calvin DeMaris; grandchildren Tyree Windom, Tina Murray, Flindt Windom, Belinda Bradbury, Paula Winter and Raelene Windom; 11 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
The family wishes to thank all of the caregivers at Margie's Adult Family Home and Hospice of the Gorge for their assistance and loving care of Agnes.
At her request, there will be no memorial service, and her family has already followed her wishes in scattering her ashes.