While at home and with her family, Claire Barbara Winney quietly passed away on the evening of Sept. 8, 2008, at age 96.

According to her wishes, no services will be held. A celebration of her life will be held from 2:30 to 5 p.m., Sept. 21, at Butter Makers Cottage, Western Gateway Park in Penn Valley.

She was born to Thomas and Myrtle Jeffery on Oct. 30, 1911, at the family home in Boston Ravine. In 1932 she married Alonzo Winney and made Grass Valley their home.

Her family was her life, especially spending time with her grandchildren. She was always interested in each of their activities and immensely proud of their accomplishments. She remained sharp and active until the end. She enjoyed long walks, gardening, reading and keeping up with daily news.

Claire was a life-long resident of Grass Valley. Her paternal grandparents had settled in Boston Ravine in the 1870’s and her maternal grandparents settled in Shady Creek during the 1860’s. Her grandfather, Robert Jeffery, was the Barkeep at one of the first wooden structures in Boston Ravine. Her father like so many of the “Cousin Jacks” of the time worked at the North Star and Pennsylvania mines for more than 25 years.

She is survived by her daughter, Lonnette Turner of North San Juan; son and daughter in law, Gary and Peg Winney of Roseville; son, Monty Winney and Debi Stelzner of Sun City Lincoln; eight grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and four great-great grandchildren.

Her husband, Lon Winney; grandson, Keith Winney, and great-grandson, Christopher Brewer preceded her in death.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 1710 Gilbreth Road, Burlingham, CA 94010, or to the charity of the donor’s choice.

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