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Winifred McBroom Stone
A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date for Winifred "Winnie" McBroom Stone, 96, of Jamestown. She died peacefully on June 19, 2012 at her ranch.

Born Sept. 14, 1915 near Colorado Springs to Howard and Winifred McBroom, Winnie was one of the first women in the state to take a high school biology class. She attended Colorado Women's College and Colorado A&M, now Colorado State, and was a member of the Gamma Phi Beta sorority. She was a champion sharpshooter with a record that held for some 20 years. In 1934, Winnie married Frederick Mortimer Stone and the couple spent the early days of their marriage living in Washington D.C.

Winnie began her teaching career at Fallbrook Elementary School during World War II while her husband served in the Marine Corps in the South Pacific. The pair taught at Fallbrook High School and grew close to members of the class of 1948.

Winnie lived and taught in Ceres and Patterson before settling in Tuolumne County. She taught first grade at Curtis Creek Elementary for 20 years and cherished her relationships with colleagues there. A reading specialist, Winnie developed award-winning programs that inspired thousands of young readers. Mrs. Stone was a member of the California Retired Teachers Association, the Native Plant Society and Tuolumne Democratic Club.

She leaves behind her children, Patrick M. Stone of Jamestown, Emmalou Stone-Paul of Oakdale; and 13 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, sisters Barbara McBroom and Emmalou Olsen, son F. Michael Stone and Maurice Magante.

Remembrances may be sent to Hospice of the Sierra, 20100 Cedar Road North, Sonora CA 95370.

-Ceres Courier/ June 27, 2012