Jenny Winder

I felt like I could open up and talk about big things in my heart that felt tender and hard to share.

A gift for making people feel welcome and included

There’s not a specific memory, just more of a feeling that stands out. Your mom definitely has a gift for making people feel welcome and included. I was real late to the game with Girl Scouts but I always felt welcome with the Flamingos and especially at your house.

She edited my personal statements for college and gave great feedback but even more than that really helped me feel seen and like I was capable. I’ve been thinking of you, Shante and Nyasha a lot the last few days.

A day that stands out is when we all went to Seattle back before our junior year. I found a couple pictures of her. We were calling out the name of alcoholic drinks to point out cute boys to each other and I remember her good natured comments as each of our types were revealed.

I don’t remember anything specific, but she has a distinct cadence and laugh that always made me smile. I felt like I could open up and talk about big things in my heart that felt tender and hard to share. I have a letter I’ll need to pull out sometime and send you a picture of.

Author: Michele Plumb Stowell

Michele Stowell was a teacher, a hand holder, and encouraging voice. Born an early Gen Xer, she has lived in Western Washington for the duration. Her children, two spectacular genetic daughters and an uncountable number of marvelous scout and school sons and daughters, shine as her biggest impact and her greatest blessing. Just before her 54th birthday, Michele was diagnosed with stage four cancer. Her writing and art work are expressions of the drama and the joy of living earth bound. On October 24, 2021, Michele was released from her physical body, transported to continue her work on other realms.

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