Virginia Adair Turner Wintle, 91: Longtime secretary, enjoyed reading

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PORTLAND — Virginia Adair Turner Wintle, 91, died peacefully April 6 at the Barron Center in Portland.

She was born Oct. 12, 1922, in Palmyra, to parents Manzer Turner, a farmer, and Rachel Tibbetts Turner, a housewife and school teacher.

She attended a one-room school house with her mother as the teacher, and many of her sisters and neighbors as classmates. She graduated from Corrina Union Academy and Becker Junior College. She was married to Victor E. Wintle in Dexter on Nov. 17, 1945. Wintle began her long secretarial career with Mass Mutual Life Insurance in Bangor in 1950, becoming general agent secretary in the Bangor office and office manager, moving to the Portland office in 1968 from where she retired after 40 years of service. She was an active member in social organizations throughout her life, from PTA to the Women’s Literary Club and held several officers positions through her years.

She liked to read and was a friend to all that she met. She was not a flashy person, but mediocre tasks became pleasant adventures with her around. She was sincere and she will be missed.

She was predeceased by her parents; spouse; and sisters, Eleanor Weeks and Clara Ready.

She is survived by her son, Jeffrey Wintle and wife, Nancy, of Westbrook; grandchildren, Sarah Wintle and Eben Wintle, of Westbrook; stepgrandaughter, Mary Hiltonsmith, of Westbrook; step great-granddaughter, Cydney; brother, Allen Turner and wife, Dorothy, of Augusta; sisters, Marie Birckhead and husband, Courtney, and Ruth Dunham, of Corrina; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank the staff at the Baron Center, BC2 unit for their compassionate and professional care and the staff of Hospice of Southern Maine.

At her request, there will be no services. A graveside service will be held in late spring or early summer next to her lifelong partner, Victor, in the Veterans Cemetery, Augusta. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Barron Center, 1145 Brighton Ave. Portland, ME 04102.

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