Remembering Barbara Winters

Remembering Linda & Barbara

Family gatherings were always the most special times for Barbara (left) and Linda (right). Also shown are Linda’s son George (back left), one of Barbara’s sons, Frank (back right) and friends of the boys, Rufus and Tony.

Dear Members and Supporters of Sister’s Journey, Although our mother, Barbara Winters, did not succumb to breast cancer, she believed in supporting people – especially the women of Sister’s Journey. As a good friend and supporter of Linda White-Epps and others, she knew
the toll that long term illness can be.

Our mother went through the up and down struggles alongside her friends, and remained a staunch ally in campaigns against breast cancer, in addition to the prevention of homelessness, low education and disparity among people.

Two thousand and four was a tough year for us. The combined losses of our mother, Barbara, and of our friend Linda White-Epps, is great indeed. We will persevere, as we were raised strong. The legacy of these two
extraordinary women will keep our heads high. With the help of the vast support systems provided to us (Thank You!) we will be fine. Our families have been connected through generations in life, and will remain connected through this chapter as well.

As we children come to terms with our individual situations, it is amazing to us that these two accomplished so much ‘business’ and still had time to be ‘Mom’ for us. We couldn’t have chosen any better. Both were single mothers who, with the help of their extended families, raised their children with love, respect and dignity.

It proves that with a little preparation, hard work, and sacrifice, a person can accomplish their goals and more. Even though their time here was not as long as some, by touching and influencing many lives, they accomplished
more than most. We can only hope to be as successful one day.

There is a huge void left by the passing of these great women. There are many who need our love and support, as well as work to do. Sister’s Journey is a labor of love. Phyllis White has done the lion’s share this year, even as she mourns the loss of her daughter and dear friend. Sister’s
Journey was designed so that no one would struggle alone. Our mothers dared to stand for a cause. They did the ground work. Now it is time for us to carry the torch. This is our journey now.

Thank You for your continued support,
Joey, Mark and Frank
The Winters Brothers