Florence G. Winn

Florence G. Winn

After a life of adventure, Florence Victoria Grubb Winn, of Willsboro, New York, died on Tuesday, March 14, 2023 from Alzheimer’s. She was 94.

Florence was born on Aug. 2, 1928 in Syracuse, New York, joining her mother, Virginia, and her brother, Douglas, to create a family of three.

“Following her mother’s award-winning, artistic genes, Flo studied art at Tulane in New Orleans,” her family wrote in a tribute, “and then traveled around the world.

“Spending every summer on Willsboro Point in her youth, she eventually met Tom Winn through mutual friends and water activities. They were married in Albany, New York and survived together for 49 years.

“Mom loved being a homemaker, teaching us to craft, sew, ski, and be creative with wildflowers and often teaching at the Heldeberg Workshop. Her nieces and nephews remember her wild side, blaring music and driving fast.

“Art skills followed us through many moves from New York to Arizona and back again. She became an award-winning artist, known for her Southwest and Adirondack styles, dramatic skies being her favorite.

“Her love of Lake Champlain remained in her soul, the swimming, canoeing and life friends.

“Enjoyment of a good meal did not go unnoticed, especially if she didn’t have to cook it, and was heard proclaiming, ‘I will never eat again!’ Despite that, she always accepted dessert and few knew this, but she would then go for that pint (gallon) of ice cream before bed.”


Florence Victoria Grubb Winn is survived by her daughters, Laurie Winn Adams and her husband, Mike, of Milton, Vermont, and Carol Winn Blakeley of Colchester, Vermont.

She is also survived by her granddaughters, Dr. Elizabeth Blakeley Trepka and her husband, Gregg, and their children, Macie May and Joanna Rose; Sarah Harvey Blakeley and her husband, David, and their children, Eliza, Galen, and Georgina; and Dr. Phoebe Blakeley and her fiancé, Don. Her step-grandchildren are Jane Flynn Esquenazi, Tim Flynn, Ben and Daniel Blakeley, with many step-great-grandchildren.

Her husband, Thomas Winn, died before her, as did her brother, Douglas, and her mother, Virginia.

A memorial service will be held on June 16 at 1 p.m. at the Essex Community Church at 2306 Lake Shore Road in Essex, New York.

Memorial messages may be left at www.altamontenterprise.com/milestones.

Memorial contributions may be made to Bayada Home Health Care, 354 Mountain View Dr., Colchester, VT 05446 or to any Alzheimer’s research program, including The University of Vermont Memory program, 792 College Parkway, Medical office building Suite 205, Colchester, VT 05446.



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