Kristen Janet Winslow
Dec. 29, 1952-Aug. 20, 2018
Kristen (Kris, Abuela) Winslow, a long-time resident of Pleasanton, CA passed away at her home August 20th, 2018. A lifelong resident of the Bay Area, Kris was born December 29th, 1952 to John and Sigrid Banks and grew up in Palo Alto. While still in high school, Kris spent time traveling in Mexico where she quickly developed a love for the people and their culture, and subsequently an aptitude for the Spanish language. Following graduation, she enrolled in the University of California at Davis where she majored in Psychology and minored in Spanish. In the years after college, Kris moved to Lake Tahoe and quickly developed a lasting affinity for the quiet, mountain community. Though she would eventually settle permanently with her family in the East Bay, Kris would frequently visit the Tahoe area with dear friends for the rest of her life.
Kris was a devoted mother and grandmother and was always a constant fan of her boys’ (Son’s and Grandson’s) sports teams. She missed very few local soccer or T-ball games and tournaments. When her sons were in college, she was quick to send care packages, whether they were needed or not. Her incomparable thoughtfulness, heart for service and generosity did not stop with her family, but extended to her community as well. She was a long-time, ardent supporter and frequent volunteer at Valley Care Hospital, now known as Stanford Health Care-ValleyCare.
Kris not only lovingly cared for people, but she had an unbridled compassion for rescue animals, especially dogs. Over the years, she had numerous beloved canines and spent a considerable part of her life as an active participant and volunteer in the pet adoption community. In her leisure time, Kris was an avid reader of all-things-fiction, a frequent patron of San Francisco theaters and a die-hard follower of San Francisco Giants baseball. Perhaps more than anything she enjoyed spoiling her dogs with treats, a game of ball or both.
Kris is survived by her sons, Nick and Alexander, mother Sigrid, brother David, grandsons Cody and Dylan.
Donations can be made in her name to NorCal Arthritis Foundation, and Stanford Health Care-ValleyCare Medical Center in Pleasanton.
An informal celebration of Kris’s life will be held Saturday, September 22nd from 2:00 – 4:00pm at Three Trees Ranch, 2251 Marina Ave., Livermore. Wear your favorite sport teams’ colors, shirts, and/or hats. Children are welcome.