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07/26/2017


Winifred Eva Neph (Watson), Gaylord, passed away on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at the age of 76.

Winifred “Winnie” was born to Leon and Mary Janet (Soper) Watson on September 16, 1940. She was an accomplished artist and greatly enjoyed the outdoors. She loved to write poetry and was an avid reader. In her spare time, she was a rockhound, competitive card player and an animal lover. Winnie was very active in her community, and was a member of the GACA. Above all, Winnie loved spending time with her family and friends.

Winifred is survived by her children, Marcia (Allen) Bivins, Kevin (Troy) Bowden, Marilyn Oakes Bowden, and Kelly (Sheila) Bowden; grandchildren Nicholas, Christopher, Olivia, Carissa, Mackenzie, and Lynsey; siblings Sandra and Leon “Bud”; and many beloved extended family members. She was preceded in death by her husband, James; parents, Leon and Mary Janet; and sister Marilyn.

Winifred’s family will plan a celebration of her life at a future date. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice. Arrangements were entrusted to Nelson Funeral Home and Cremation Service, PO Box 1548, Gaylord, MI 49734. 


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From: Terry Tracy
Clarkston, Michigan
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03-Aug-17

Winnie , My best friend , We were like two peas in a pod. I will always remember the day i met you when you walked into my shop ArtVenture. From that day of 24 years ago Oh MY!We had the best adventures two friends could have together.So So many good laughs till the tears rolled down our cheeks.Thank you Winnie for being a part of my life.I will miss you so but i will share the wisdom that you gave me over the years, till i see you again. To your children i love you all !

From: maryanne b
02-Aug-17

Winnie was a friend of mine and her family was like family to me..i wish to send my condolences to kevin,kelly,marcy,marylin and their spouses and children...I know she is watching over all of you...take care. maryanne

From: Ginny Newhouse
02-Aug-17

So sorry to hear about Winnie. I will miss her greatly. We had many good talks together when I cut her hair. I have met some of her family and Some i have not. To all of you take care and I will be thinking of you in your time of grief.

From: Terry Gartelman
Holland, Michigan
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29-Jul-17

The hole you leave in our family can never be filled. The pieces of our broken hearts will never be whole again. You survived countless difficult challenges in your life and you conquered them with humility and dignity. Your artistic soul, your joy, despite the pain, your bravery, your spirit, your kindness and loving heart always have been an inspiration to me and you served as my role model throughout my entire life. No matter what life threw at you, you overcame it. This was one battle you could not win and the world will be a cold, dark place without you in it. You will be missed my dear, sweet aunt. I am just so blessed to have had your guidance and your love in my life and I am so glad God gave me an aunt like you!!I will miss you every single day of my life, until we meet again. Rest In Peace, Aunt Winnie. Safe travels. I love you.

From: John Neph
Gaylord, Michigan
28-Jul-17

Marcy, Kevin, Marilyn, Kelly: So sorry to hear of your loss. May the peace of the Lord be with you all.

From: Ruth Smolarz
Gaylord, Mich.
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28-Jul-17

My condolence's to the family. Winnie was a wonderful friend to me for a long time, 37 years. I will miss her greatly, her death is a great shock to me.

From: Ruth Smolarz
Gaylord, Michigan
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27-Jul-17

Winnie I was so taken aback seeing your name posted here as I did not know there was a health problem with you. I am so glad we shared time together and hugs last week in the grocery store. I am happy to have known you for 37 years we spent a lot of good times together and sad times. You are now in a far better place. I am going to miss you terribly. Love you Ruth.