Our beloved mother and friend, Beverly Anderson Winge, passed away at age 96, on Sunday, September 4, 2022. She was born in Seattle on December 8, 1925, to Vincent and Ancil Anderson.
She was raised in West Seattle and attended West Seattle High School where she met her husband of 70 years, Carl Dunstan Winge. While they were engaged, Bev did her part for the war effort by working as a welder’s helper at Todd Shipyards while Carl was deployed overseas in the Army. After the war, they married in 1946 and in 1950 she and Carl moved to Vashon Island where they raised four children on a property now owned by the Vashon Park District and known as Wingehaven Park. Bev enjoyed raising her family on Vashon and spent many happy days with the kids on the beach where she and Carl hosted summertime picnics for family and friends. She was active in the community, an early member of the Community Council, and a founding member of the Vashon Unitarian Fellowship where she played the piano.
Bev was a Sigma Kappa sorority member while attending the University of Washington where she graduated in English & Journalism. She enjoyed journalism and worked at The Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber and later at the Daily Journal of Commerce and the Wall Street Journal. She also published several newsletters and was the faculty advisor for the student newspaper and the yearbook at Chief Sealth High School in West Seattle while also teaching English.
After retirement, she and Carl decided to live in the sun and spent ten years on the island of Hawaii where they studied and practiced Permaculture while raising avocados on their small farm and publishing a local community newsletter, the Kau’ Landing. After Hawaii they lived in Mexico for ten years, near Guadalajara. In 2006 they moved to The Kenney retirement community in West Seattle. Carl passed away in 2016 and Bev continued living at The Kenney where she had many friends among the residents and staff.
Bev was known for her gentle nature, persistent curiosity, and adventurous spirit and had many diverse interests including reading, traveling, exploring, photography and music. She was also a fierce scrabble player and ping pong competitor. As well as the piano, she played the accordion and ukulele and always had a stack of reading nearby. Bev was athletic and enjoyed both snow and water skiing, sailing, and bicycle adventures. She was a central figure in the lives of her family and will be greatly missed. Bev is survived by her brother Mike Anderson, her four children, Carl (Kathy), Christina, Eric (Bev), and Dana, together with 13 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, six great-great-grandchildren, and four nieces and nephews and their children.
There will be a celebration of Bev’s life on Saturday, December 10th, at 11:00 AM at the Admiral Congregational Church located at 4320 SW Hill St, Seattle, WA 98116.