Evelyn Winward

07/20/1944 - 07/06/2019
Service Date: 07/13/2019
Service Time: 11 AM
Service Location: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Porter Park Ward, 1852 N. Stapley Dr., Mesa, AZ 85203
Visitation Date: 07/12/2019
Visitation Time: 6-8 PM
Visitation Location: Bunker's University Chapel, 3529 East University Drive, Mesa, AZ 85213
Interment: City of Mesa Cemetery

Our beloved wife, mother, and grandmother passed away after a valiant battle against lung cancer on July 6, 2019. She was 74 years old. Evelyn was born on July 20, 1944 to Alton B  Moody and Ruth Leah Isbell in Annapolis, MD. Evelyn was the middle of five children and loved to climb trees and go adventuring. As a child she was known as a “tomboy.” She was also an avid reader throughout her life. She grew up in Camp Springs, MD, graduating from Surrattsville High School in 1962.

She attended Brigham Young University where she met the love of her life, Lawrence Morris Winward. They were married on September 2, 1967. She and Larry had 51 wonderful years together. They have set an example of a loving and caring marriage.

In the last decade, Evelyn and Larry were able to travel to Italy several times. Evelyn loved all things Italian—the food, the language, and the people. She and Larry taught themselves Italian and would study Il Libro Di Mormon (Italian Book of Mormon) together each night.

Evelyn always had an interest in family history and for many years was quite active in indexing handwritten genealogical records and converting them to digital format. She was an expert in this arena, and many came to her for help and advice when faced with difficult situations. Her enthusiasm for this important task was contagious, and she shared her passion with some of her grandchildren and even held competitions with them to see who could index the most records in a given time.

Evelyn was beautiful inside and out. She was warm and gracious, and anyone who interacted with her was made to feel important and loved. She had an uncanny gift for remembering names and events that were important to others. She loved corny jokes, especially puns. She loved her family fiercely but loved her Savior and Heavenly Father even more. She had a tender heart and was often touched by things of a spiritual nature, including music.

Evelyn is survived by husband, Larry; children, Michelle (Steve) Johnson, Jenny (Tosh) Black, and Paul (Christine Wilcox) Winward; and 12 grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and a son, Peter Lawrence Winward.

A viewing will be held Friday, July 12th, 6-8 p.m. at Bunker’s University Chapel, 3529 E. University Drive, Mesa, AZ 85213. The funeral will be held Saturday, July 13th, 11 a.m., at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1852 N. Stapley Dr., Mesa, AZ 85203. Prior to the funeral there will be a viewing from 10:00-10:45 a.m.

Condolences

  • Dellory Matthews

    What a lovely tribute! Evelyn helped me through a very difficult time of my life and set a wonderful example of managing her own trials. With much love, Dellory

  • Judy Ann Sharp

    I know this lovely lady will be missed by many. I pray you all have faith in the resurrection and that you will one day greet her again. Peace and comfort to you all.

  • Lenny Henderson

    I love the examples set by Evelyn. She served well and was a constant source of cheerfulness. Larry loves her very much.

  • Joan Bintliff

    A lovely friend & neighbor. I will miss her smiling face & friendliness.

  • Evelyn and I have known each other on this earth for 52 yrs. but of course much longer. My dear friend has been there for me through thick and thin. I will Always love she and Larry and family. Till we meet again.

  • So sorry for your loss.

  • Wendy Wilson Mayo

    Even though I have only met Evelyn once (that I can remember), I owe her a great deal. Often in my prayers, I have thanked Heavenly Father for her and her influence on me and my family. She was my mother’s childhood friend and shared the gospel with her and my father. This small act has made all the difference in my life.

  • Michelle Mahr

    I am so sorry for your loss!! Bless this family!🙏❤️🙏❤️🙏

  • Peter Clabron

    One of God’s creation
    And I will miss her dearly. She
    was a wonderful mother. There’s
    no love like a mother’s, Evelyn heart is filled with care. with Christ as her example, Her Savior’s love she’ll share.
    Her love is endless, not changing for all
    times, when need by her children.
    For all the tears and heartaches, and the
    The special work she’s done, when days on earth are over, A mother’s love lives
    on. Her children arise, up and call her blessed. My condolences to the family
    And to my friend Larry when you baptize, you changed my life. Love you.

  • Brooki Smith Belnap

    Love and condolences to you, Bishop Windward and you sweet family.

  • Jeff and Linda Pickles

    We are deeply saddened by Evelyn’s death. We were blessed to have them in our neighborhood as we each raised our children together. She and Larry have been good friends for many years and Evelyn’s passing will leave a big hole in our hearts. Before they moved from our neighborhood I was blessed to serve with her in stake RS where Evelyn was the specialist in humanitarian activities. She was absolutely amazing and provided wonderful opportunities for the sisters to reach out to others around them. I will never forget her smile and her love for those less fortunate. She cared deeply for those around her, and only the vision of her with Pete takes a little bit of the sting away.
    Our hearts go out to Larry and Michelle, Jenny, and Paul and their families. Much love from the Pickles Family ♥

  • Patrick and LeAnn Hord

    So fun bumping into Larry and Evelyn once in a while after they moved from our ward. Pat and the boys loved being their home teacher. We have great memories of Evelyn taking piano lessons from Samuel to support him in this endeavor for a short time. Her big smile was always cheering and we loved her tireless enthusiasm for leading the charge in indexing. May all of your family be comforted and blessed during this holy and sacred time. Love to you, Pat and LeAnn

  • Greg and Lisa Porter

    Greg and I were so sad to hear of Evelyn’s passing. Larry and Evelyn were special neighbors for many years and our children loved to visit! I will always remember Evelyn’s infectious smile! Always smiling and a wonderful woman! Larry, children and grandchildren, may you feel the comfort and Love of our Heavenly Father at this Time! Much Love Greg and Lisa.

  • Danalee Karren Bingham

    Bishop Winward, I’m so sorry! She was so beautiful and so loving! I’m so grateful for the kindness she always showed towards me.

  • Helen and Paul Baden

    What a special lady Evelyn was – I was privileged to spend 6 months living with the Winward family in my teens and I experienced nothing but love and kindness when I was vulnerable and far from my home in England. I always called Evelyn my American Mom and latterly my guardian angel, now for sure, she is looking down on me and all her other adopted waifs and strays. I am so grateful that I met her, had her in my life and had the chance to visit in later years and introduce her to my husband, Paul. Love to all the Winwards and their families at this time.

  • Paul and Christine, so sorry to hear of your loss. Our prayers are with you and your family!

  • Ethel Greenburg

    Larry: I’m so sorry for your lost. I am so lucky to have known your family for SO MANY years! Love to you ,my friend

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