|Birth: ||May 2, 1911|
San Francisco County
|Death: ||Jul. 10, 2010|
Winifred Chappell died peacefully in her home on the afternoon of 10 Jul 2010.
Winifred was born on 2 May 1911 in San Francisco, CA to Burr and Clara Amelia (Clark) St. John. She grew up and was educated in San Francisco, earning her California teaching credential. She became the first licensed ham radio operator in the Western part of the United States, possibly the first in the USA. Her call letters were W6ATP.
Win married Otto Rudolph Martin dijohn Mont-Eton in 1933. They moved to Georgetown, CA, up in the 49er Gold Rush country, where they lived until February 1950. It was here that the unique event of a baby shower over the ham radio waves was held for their expected first child, daughter Lorry. Win's friends organized and sent gifts to her husband "Monty" who held all in secret telling Win they had a "conference" on the radio station at a certain time on a certain night. When the ham radio was fired up at the designated time, all her friends were there sending "surprise" by Morse code...this was before voice ham radio and Monty brought out the hidden gifts. Win's story is located on her daughter's web site: http://www.sdarabians.com.
Win went on to become a full-time teacher, acquiring a Master's Degree and ending her teaching years of 25 years of service in the Trona Elementary School in 1975.
Win was preceded in death by her father and mother, Burr and Amelia (Clark) St. John; first husband O. R. Mont-Eton; second husband William A. Chappell; son Joseph Burr Mont-Eton; sister Geraldine; brother Charles; and brother Andrew.
She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Lorry and Larry Wagner and her grandson and wife Joel and Kelly Mont-Eton; in addition great-grandchildren and nieces and grand nieces and nephews. (bio by: D. O.)
IN LOVING MEMORY
Desert Memorial Park
Plot: Memorial Wall 13 G SE
Created by: Mary Bell Kus
Record added: Jan 21, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 83823479