Winifred Pickin

EAST LIVERPOOL – Winifred Wells Pickin, affectionately known as “Winnie” by all who knew her, passed away peacefully at her residence on Rhovanion Drive in East Liverpool early Monday morning, June 16, 2014. She was 93.

Born at home in Newell, WV, on October 25, 1920, she was a daughter of the late Grace Alma Golding Wells and William Edwin Wells, Jr., who were widely known as one of the area’s pioneer pottery families. Raised in Newell, she attended the former Wells High School and was graduated from the Knox School in Cooperstown, NY in 1938. Winnie received a degree from Wellesley College in 1942, and began working for the Office of Strategic Services (the forerunner to the CIA) in Washington, D.C. during World War II.

Winnie later returned to this area and made the East Liverpool community her home. A longtime member of Emmanuel Presbyterian Church, she also belonged to the East Liverpool Country Club, where she loved playing golf and Bridge with her friends.

Winnie’s first husband, Richard E. Moninger, passed away in 1962. She was also preceded in death by her second husband, Robert Crawford. In 1993, she married William E. “Pick” Pickin, Sr., who preceded her in death in 2006.

Also preceding her was her daughter, Ann Elizabeth Moninger, along with her sister, Elizabeth “Cuzzie” Hall Young, and a brother, William E. Wells, who was killed during World War II.

Two stepsons survive: William E. “Bill” Pickin, Jr. and his wife, Kathy, of East Liverpool, and Stephen T. Pickin and his wife, Linda, of Newport, RI. There are four grandchildren: Sara Russell and her husband, Marc, of Ocala, FL; Brett Pickin of Austin, TX; Rachael Lombaard and her husband, Chris of Bedford, England; and Thomas Pickin of Boston, MA, as well as four great-grandchildren: Landree Russell, Madison Pickin, Jayden Pickin, and Ali Pickin.

Winnie also leaves behind a nephew, Everson Hall of East Liverpool, and two nieces: Julie Hall and her husband, Scott Huston, of New York, NY, and Trudy Kirkland and her husband, Hal, of Lake Alfred, FL. A stepson, Dick Vermillion and his wife, Kathy, of Houston, TX, also survive.

A stepdaughter, Barbara Jean Pickin, passed away in 1969. Winnie was also preceded in death by her stepson, Jim Vermillion and stepdaughter, Barbara Vermillion-Zabel; Winnie maintained a close friendship with Barbara’s husband, Jim, who survives in San Francisco.

Rev. Tanta Luckhardt Hendricks of Emmanuel Presbyterian Church will officiate at a memorial service to be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, July 26, 2014 at the Riverview Cemetery Chapel. Friends may visit with the family at the chapel one hour prior to the service.

Winnie will be laid to rest next to her husband, “Pick”, at Riverview.

The Dawson Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

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