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Winifred Waunita Gurwell (Tague) passed away peacefully in her sleep in the early hours on Friday, February 8th after spending the evening with family and cheering the Iowa Hawkeye basketball team onto victory.

The oldest of three children, Winifred was born outside of Stuart, Iowa on November 13th, 1928 to parents Gertrude (Fisher) and Everett Tague. She leaves behind her younger brothers, Kenneth (Mary) Tague of Johnston, and Norman Tague of Ft. Dodge; her four devoted sons: John, Jay, and Dana (Nancy) Gurwell of Des Moines, and David (Adelaide) Gurwell of Iowa City; her eight grandchildren: Jaysson (Leah) Gurwell, Noland (Jessica) Gurwell, Joyann (Matthew) Casey, Angela (Cory) Sebastian, Leandra (David) Thompson, John Gurwell, Brittany Gurwell, Angela (David) Kunkel; and her favorite people in the world: her eighteen great-grandchildren.

Winifred graduated from Guthrie Center High School in 1946 and moved to Des Moines the following year where she met the love of her life, John Gurwell, who, after 36 years of marriage to Winnie, passed in 1984. As devoted parents, John often coached his sons through youth sports, and Winnie managed their home and volunteered at their church, Marquisville United Methodist. She was a woman of great faith.

Winifred went to work at Northwestern Bell and retired after 20 years. After retiring, Winifred spent time camping, cheering for all Iowa sports teams, volunteering at church or the Saylor TWP voting station, tending her many gardens and traveling with friends, but her passion in life was spending time with her family.

School plays, dance and chorus recitals, gymnastics meets, baseball, basketball, football, track and hockey, it didn't matter how far she had to drive, Winnie would be there to support her sons, her grandchildren, and later, her great-grandchildren because family was most important to her. She taught her children, grandchildren, and great-children to be kind, to show respect, to laugh, and above all, to never give up on each other.

We take these lessons and Winifred's immeasurable goodness into the world each day knowing there will never be another like her.

The family is planning a Celebration of Life gathering in early April, more details to come.

Funeral services will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 21, 2019, at Hamilton’s near Highland Memory Gardens, 121 NW 60th Avenue in Des Moines, with visitation from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. She will be laid to rest at Pine Hill Cemetery. Following the committal service, there will be a luncheon back at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be expressed at:
www.HamiltonsFuneralHome.com

Service Details

Visitation:
Thursday, February 21, 2019
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Hamilton's near Highland Memory Gardens
121 NW 60th Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa
Service:
Thursday, February 21, 2019
12:00 pm
Hamilton's near Highland Memory Gardens
121 NW 60th Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa
Disposition:
Burial
Pine Hill Cemetery
Des Moines, Iowa
Arrangements:
Hamilton's near Highland Memory Gardens
121 NW 60th Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50313
(515) 289-2442

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