DURHAM -We celebrate the life of Winona Helen Cassin Malpass, who spent her life in the service of her family, church and community.
Winona was born a twin with Virginia Cassin Smith in Chicago’s Lutheran Deaconess Hospital to Starona Hillis Brown and Thomas Milo Cassin. She outweighed her twin by over a pound and half, something she never let her sister forget. After going to Grover Cleveland Elementary School until the 8th grade, the twins went on to Lucy Flower Technical High School for girls. As there were two girls and not enough money to send both to college, they took jobs to attend Maryville College. The sisters were drawn to nursing and eventually both became nurses. Winona joined the Army where she met her husband, Leslie; she liked to remind him that she was his superior officer while they were in the Army.
They were married on May 17th 1945. After both left the service they moved to Syracuse NY where they had 3 children. Winona finished her Master’s degree at University of Southern Illinois, and finished all but her dissertation for a PhD after moving to Temple Terrace Florida, where the last child came along. The family moved to Blacksburg, VA where she worked at Radford College as a psychology instructor and student counselor.
In Macomb, Ill, Winona was the founder of the regional hospital’s hospice program and counselor at regional colleges. Her husband, Western Illinois University president, used to say that the town would miss her more than him when they retired to Durham NC in 1987.
Winona is survived by her children: Susan Heather Malpass Poulton, Peter Gordon Malpass and wife, Dee Stewart, Jennifer Joy Malpass, Michael Malpass and wife, Susanne Kessemeier. Her grandchildren, Winona Malpass Bucher, Sarah Jane Poulton, Soren Malpass, Jordan Malpass and Carter Malpass.
Winona is preceded in death by her husband, Leslie Malpass. The world is a poorer place for her absence.
A memorial service will be held at the Westminster Presbyterian Church, Durham, NC at 3:00 Friday. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Westminster Presbyterian Church, 3639 Old Chapel Hill Road, Durham, NC 27707.
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