We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Oak Park Hills Chapel
It is with much sadness that we announce the world has lost a powerful spirit in the passing of Alma Bernadette Jordan Winters at the age of 101 years. Alma died peacefully in her Rossmoor home while resting comfortably with the sun shining brightly.
Alma was a legendary human being who touched many lives and was a force for good in the universe. She will be sadly missed by all who loved her dearly.
Alma was a third generation San Franciscan. She was a proud alumna of San Francisco’s Lowell High School (1937) and four years later graduated from the University of California, Berkeley (1941). Her daily college commute across the bay from San Francisco to Berkeley was via ferry! She liked to boast that is where her love of cruising began!!
Alma was a proud lifelong educator whose early teaching assignments were in San Francisco. Later in life she taught school and tutored in Lafayette and Walnut Creek. Her real passion was teaching special education and she loved her exceptional students. Her mantra will be her legacy: “I am a special education teacher. That is my superpower.”
In 1944, Alma married Ralph Winters and moved to the East Bay. She called Walnut Creek her home for almost 70 years where she raised her nine children. Alma was the proud grandmother of 16 and the great grandmother of 11 children. She was preceded in death by her husband (1966) and she spent her later years happily living in the retirement community of Rossmoor.
Per her wishes, there will be no memorial or burial service. As she often said, “I had the best going-away party anyone could ask for on my 100th birthday. I said my goodbyes to a room full of the people I loved. Best life-celebration ever!”