Lila Ann Winn

Lila Ann Winn, 69, of Lawrence, Kansas passed away on October 12, 2016. She was born April 28, 1947 in Chicago, Illinois to the union of Elijah William Winn and Robbie Williams Winn. She lived in Austin, Texas for 30 years, where she first cared for infirmed brain trauma children, but primarily cared for the elderly as a Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN). Lila received a bachelor’s degree from Northeastern Illinois University in 1970 in sociology and education, and was a member of the National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa Inc., Mu Chapter. Those who attended Northeastern with her will remember the courageous leadership she provided in efforts to persuade the university to offer courses and counseling services that served the interests and needs of African American students. Upon graduation, she taught elementary school children for several years. Later she returned to school to become a LVN. She embraced children and the elderly alike with her warm smile and caring attention.

Lila was a frequent visitor to Las Vegas, and also enjoyed playing Bingo. She likely won as much as she lost in Las Vegas, and was always certain that the next Bingo number called would be the one she needed to win! She enjoyed a wide variety of music, and enjoyed watching television shows ranging from house remodeling, to murder mysteries, to sports. Lila was a loyal Chicago Bears football fan.

She is survived by daughter Kimberly Winn of Austin, Texas, and son Bradley (Kelly Bryan) Winn of Buda, Texas. She will be missed by four grandchildren, Braydon, Brynne, and Grayson Winn, and Ava Bryan. Surviving siblings are Ronald Winn, Richard (Karell) Winn, James (Yvonne) Winn all of Atlanta, Georgia, and Sandra (Martina) Winn Tutwiler of Lawrence, Kansas. Lila is also survived by eleven nieces and nephews and their spouses/partners, many grand nieces and nephews, and three sisters-in-law. She was predeceased by mother, Robbie Winn, father, Elijah Winn, and brothers, Gordon Dennis and Norman Winn.

Lila was a devoted mother, grandmother, sister, and aunt. She loved her family, and so much enjoyed family reunions because all those she loved were gathered together in one place. She was a gentle and forgiving soul whose presence will be greatly missed. A memorial service will be held in Lawrence, Kansas on Friday, October 21, 2016 at 11:00 a.m., Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be sent to Grace Hospice, 3715 SW 29th Street, Topeka, Kansas 66614.