Winifred Victoria St James Hinkle
Winifred Victoria St. James-Hinkle, affectionately known as Winnie, was born November 22, 1929 to the union of the late Theodore and Lois St. James in Chicago, Illinois. Winnie was the oldest of seven children. Her brother Norman (Butch) St. James preceded her in death. Winnie always referred to herself as being the “Matriarch” of the family.
She received her education at McCosh Elementary School and Englewood High School. Winnie was very close to her siblings and loved them dearly. She was rasied in the Woodlawn neighborhood where she made many friends that would become like family. She was married to her high school sweet heart Robert Frazier, from that union two children were born, Brenda and Joyce.
Winnie loved to travel and she often traveled with her sister Gwendolyn. She always loved to have a good time dancing “shaking a tail feather” being the life of the party. She also had a group of friends and they referred to themselves as “The Golden Girls”. Winnie also had an artistic side, with the talent of drawing. She loved to play poker, bingo, bid whist, and video games. She loved to work and was a dedicated employee of CNA Insurance for twenty-nine years. She often worked another job simultaneously teaching key punch.
She leaves to cherish her memory her daughters, Brenda (Donnell) Luster and Joyce Mickles, three grandchildren, Joy (Anthony) Johnican, Donnell (Tresa) Luster, Jr., and Brandi (Willie) Parker, three great grandchildren, Kennedy, Kaitlyn, and Anthony, II, siblings Gwendolyn, Theodore, Lloyd, Eunice, Alan, sister-in-law Ester, and many nieces and nephews.