Margaret Ann Winter, age 83, died September 7, 2022 in Newton, Kansas.
Margaret was born in Ottawa, Kansas on August 19, 1939 to Lawrence and Cleo Lehman. As a child Margaret moved often, living in Illinois, Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, New Mexico and Texas, where her father provided pastoral ministry. Margaret was a middle child suffering her older brother Lanny’s pestering and caring for her younger sister, Marti. In high school she was involved in many activities including an undefeated season of girl’s basketball at Shallow Water High School and competing in voice and instrumental music.
While on a church youth trip she met the love of her life, Bill Winter. Their relationship blossomed while attending McPherson college, marrying on March 25, 1961 at the McPherson Church of the Brethren. Later that year Margaret graduated with a degree in Music Education. After beginning her own family, she again helped care for siblings by traveling to Texas to care for her sister Lois, while her brother David was being born. Love of family, active involvement in the church and music were the high points and passions of her life. Her work life included music education, teaching preschool and working at a Fair Trade gift shop to support struggling artisans around the world. Her husband Bill, son Perry and wife Juli, son Roy and wife Lisa, grandsons Jesse, Brady, Dilan, granddaughter Sadie, siblings David Lehman and Lois Larson, and many extended family members continue to be deeply touched by her love and compassion.
She is preceded in death by her mother Margaret Cleo Clark, father Lawrence Lehman, step-mother Thelma Lehman and her siblings Lanny Lehman and Martha Coulson.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at the First Church of the Brethren in Wichita, Kansas on Thursday, September 22 at 11 AM. A light lunch and time for visitation will follow the service. Her Memorial will be for:
1st Church of the Brethren, 1103 Jefferson, Wichita Ks, 67203
May God’s shalom, Christ’s peace and the healing balm of the Holy Spirit be of comfort to each of you during this season of loss and remembrances.
To Bill, Roy, Perry and their families: Margaret was a special friend during the time we were members at First Church. I always had a good conversation with she and Bill. I will always cherish the help they both gave us when we moved in the Summer of 2008. We know you have many memories and we pray they will bring you comfort at this sorrowful time. Leah and Bryan Harness
Margaret, or “mom”, as that was what I called her, was such a positive influence and role model for me and my sons Jesse and Brady. Her kindness, caring and love touched everyone she met. My love and prayers go out to the family, with a special hug for Bill. She will always be “mom” to me and will always have a special place in my heart.
Margaret, or “mom” as I called her, was a positive influence for me, as well as my sons, Jesse and Brady. Her kindness, caring and love spread to everyone she met. My love and prayers go out to the family, along with a special hug for Bill. She will always be “mom” to me and she will always have a special place in my heart.