Winifred “Winkie” Lennihan

Date of Death

June 23, 2016

Winifred “Winkie” Lennihan died peacefully on June 23, 2016, in Santa Barbara.

Born in 1929, Winkie graduated from Stanford University in 1949, and married David Welles Lennihan, a Marine who became a successful attorney in San Francisco. Together, they raised three children before David’s death in 1981. For many years as a widower, she cultivated her interest in natural history, spending much of her time in British Columbia and at Fall River studying plants, watching birds, and fly-fishing.

Winkie married Russ Roberts in 1996 and moved to Santa Barbara. She and Russ traveled the world, enjoyed sailing, fly fishing, and playing golf. Winkie’s boundless energy and her enthusiasm for life were shared with her family and friends, all of whom will miss her dearly.

She is survived by her children, Dave (Chugiak, AK), Robert (Morro Bay, CA), and Martha Lennihan (Sacramento, CA).


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