Dec. 15, 1932-Nov. 23, 2023

Winona Crosby Stanley, 90, passed away Thanksgiving morning Nov. 23, 2023. She was born Dec. 15, 1932, in St. George, Utah, to Henry and Emma Seegmiller Crosby. She married Burton M. Stanley on June 26, 1953, in the St. George, Utah Temple.

Winona was proud to be an authentic hometown gal. She was the middle of five children and given the name Winona, which means eldest daughter. She loved spending her childhood on Diagonal Street where the Sugarloaf and Brooks ponds were her very own playground and wonderland.  She attended Woodward School and Dixie High School excelling in visual and performing arts. 

It was while attending Dixie College on an art scholarship that she met and fell in love with her eternal companion Burton Stanley. Winona and Burton formed their family of six kids raising them primarily in Salt Lake City where she sacrificed so much for her family while also making time to expand her artistic nature and fostering a love of everything beautiful in her children. It was when her youngest graduated high school that she was able to fulfill her dream of moving back to St. George where she lived for the remainder of her life except for the times she volunteered as a missionary in Nauvoo alongside her husband, and then again in New Zealand after Burton passed away. A devoted disciple of Jesus Christ, Winona embodied His teachings of mercy, forgiveness, devotion, service, and love. To interact with Winona was to be in the presence of God and her infectious smile and warmth was a constant expression of light and love. Her “I’m a luva, luva, luva you” will forever resonate in the hearts of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She is survived by one sister Linda Bills and her six children: Jan Peterson, Karen Fazlurrehman, Douglas Stanley (Karen), Robert Stanley, Brenda Peterson (Mark) and David Stanley (Traci);  35 grandchildren and spouses; and 36 great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her husband Burton Stanley, her parents Henry and Emma Crosby, three brothers — Jack, Charles and Brent and her son-in law Syed Fazzlurrehman.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14, at the Bloomington Hills Chapel 750 Fort Pierce Drive, St. George, Utah. Friends may call the day of the funeral for a viewing between 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. at the same location. Interment will take place in the St. George City Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, consider making a donation to your local arts.

Special thanks to Dixie Home Hospice, the staff of Legacy Village, and the Bloomington Hills 4th Ward for their service, care and devotion.

Arrangements are under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 S Bluff St., St. George, 435-673-2454. Family and friends are invited to sign Winona’s online guest book.