Janet Winans

May 10, 1933 – May 8, 2022

Janet Winans passed away at home in the company of her loving family on Mother’s Day. Very fitting for the poet that we all knew and loved.

Born in her beloved San Francisco, she grew to have a natural yearning for knowledge and community involvement. 

She attended Lowell High School in San Francisco, and then moved on to Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Outdoor Education. Eventually, she made her way to Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa, North Carolina where she earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Poetry.

After spending much of her life in California, when it came time for retirement, she and her husband “Woodie” chose beautiful Patagonia, AZ in 2003.

Prior to arriving in Patagonia, Janet had been an Artist in Residence with the Arizona Commission on the Arts, and once here she also took part in Young Audiences of Santa Cruz County. Then, settled into Patagonia she enjoyed serving on the PUHS School Board, Friends of the Library, and the Community Garden Board. Unknown to many, she was even made an Honorary Deputy with the Patagonia Marshals Office!

At all their stops along the way, Janet and Woodie were always deeply involved in community, and Patagonia would be no different. They both loved this town and the time they got to spend here.

Janet also enjoyed many of the less formal gatherings that she was a part of…poetry and book groups as well as her lunch, dinner and coffee groups.

Perhaps Janet’s greatest joy in Patagonia was the library. She was a staple at the check-out desk and always looked forward to taking part in the 4th of July book sale.

Janet is survived by her children: Jennifer, Stephan, Jessica; her stepchildren: Mark, Jill, Scott; her grandchildren: Emily, Richard, Jessica, Jackson, Tekla, and Yorick.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donating to either the Patagonia Library or the Patagonia Community Garden.