On Monday July 12, 2021, PATSY ANN WINGO (born Christian) passed away at the age of 85 in her home in WV in Lewisburg. She was a confirmed snowbird for over thirty years and also maintained a home on Siesta Key off Sarasota, FL throughout the winter season with her husband, Walter, until her death in 2011. She leaves in the mourning her four sisters, Juanita, Virginie, Betty, and Charlotte, and her brother, Darius.
Patsy was born at home on Keister’s Christian family farm near the Greenbrier River in West Virginia and attended a one-class school until she moved to “the city” to attend her alma mater, Lewisburg. High School. Lewisburg would remain his home and community for most of his life until his retirement in Florida. Patsy has remained active at both the Lewisburg House & Garden Club and the Sarasota Garden Club and has served as a Nationally Accredited Flower Show Judge Emeritus, a member of the Old Stone Presbyterian Church Women’s Circle, and an avid golfer. with a hole in one to his credit.
She started her professional career at the Greenbrier and worked primarily in the advertising department in the MadMen era of business. She had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing many famous people in this role, but her dearest was with Pearl S. Buck, Pulitzer and Nobel Prize winning author. But more importantly, she made lifelong friends and met her future husband at the resort. Together, she and Walter mortgaged their home at the SBA and sold its US Savings Bonds to create Walter H. Wingo – Fine Jewelry that served the needs of hotel guests until the turn of the 20th century.
The Wingos have spent many years visiting Walter’s children around the world, including Hawaii and Germany. When their only child together, Gregory A. Wingo, left for various schools, they visited him in Blacksburg, Los Angeles, Italy and Clemson, and later all over Europe. For her 80th birthday, Patsy chose to sail Greece, the Dalmatian coast and Italy with her son, wife Rachel and daughter Kearney as her last great travel adventure.
While having only one child with Walter, Patsy was also a mother figure to her stepson, Walter H. Wingo, Jr. (Butch), and a grandmother of Gregg’s four children, Helvetia, Adele and Celeste from Switzerland, Kearney and her stepson. , Korey, both of Lewisburg. She was also the great-grandmother of Floyde and Livio of Switzerland; however, long before that, she was Grand Patsy to Walter’s grandchildren: Chuck, Scott, Andy, Jennifer, Chris, David, Justin, Dylan, Ransom and Sarah. She was, of course, also the great-great Patsy of their fourteen sons and daughters. His house was often filled with the laughter and playfulness of children of all ages.
A memorial service will be held on August 28, 2021 at noon at the Old Stone Presbyterian Church in Lewisburg, WV, followed by a reception immediately thereafter. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations to be made to the Lewisburg Foundation’s Flowers Forever Fund on behalf of Patsy. Donations should be sent to the Lewisburg Foundation 674 Church ST Lewisburg, WV 24901. The foundation can be contacted at (304) 647-3520 to answer questions regarding their community beautification mission.
Patsy will be interned with her husband and eternal dance partner Walter at Sarasota National Cemetery this fall on a date to be determined.
Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Lewisburg is in charge of the arrangements.