My mother Mary Deone was born to Iva Bliss and Will Carleton Daniells on December 15, 1910, in Mercedes, Texas. She was the only one of the five Daniells sisters who was not born in Wacousta.
When she was about six months old, the Daniells family moved to Chicago and, about 18 months later, to Watertown Township near Wacousta. Except for her third grade year, Mary and her sisters attended Watertown Center School until she completed eighth grade. The family spent her third grade year in Tavares, Florida. In 1923, the family moved to Eustis, Florida, where Mary graduated from high school.
Like her sister Dora, Mary attended Florida State College for Women, now Florida State University. She completed three years of college there but was forced to drop out due to health problems. She moved to Wacousta where her mother was living. Mary completed her college education and received her degree in music education from Albion College in Michigan.
In 1938 Mary married Donald Stephenson Winegar at the Pivot in Wacousta. The newly married couple honeymooned at the cottage built by Orla and Kate Bailey and which my wife and I now own.
Mary and Donald had four children, Donna Lorraine, Mary Elaine, James Steven, and Carleton David. After her marriage to Donald, Mary devoted her life to raising their children and assisting Donald while he completed his education and in his ministry.
More details on Mary’s life can be found in the July 26, 2009 post.
To see a Memorial for Mary Daniells Winegar, click the link.