Daun Aline DeVore Winfield, a formidable force who dedicated her life to justice, passed away on June 19, 2023 in Palm Springs, California. She was born on August 1, 1955, in Fort Worth, Texas. Daun's passion for advocacy and unwavering commitment to making the world a better place have left an indelible mark on those fortunate enough to have crossed paths with her.
Daun's multifaceted career encompassed various fields where she excelled with brilliance and grace. As a devoted member of the United Farm Workers and an accomplished attorney, she fearlessly fought for the rights of those who often went unheard. Her role as Chair of the American Bar Association's International Law Committee solidified her reputation as a steadfast advocate for justice on a global scale. Daun's unyielding dedication took her all the way to Russia, where she lent her expertise to help draft their current constitution.
Aside from her legal pursuits, Daun possessed a profound talent as a Mezzo Soprano vocalist. Her melodious voice graced stages in San Francisco and New York City operas where she enraptured audiences with her enchanting performances. While captivating hearts through music and song was undoubtedly a passion close to her soul, Daun was also known for her intellectual pursuits.
A lifelong learner, Daun found solace in books and always welcomed new ideas with open arms. The Holy Bible held a special place in her heart, serving as a guiding light throughout her life. In moments of quiet reflection or amidst engaging conversations with loved ones, Daun would invariably find herself discussing matters of faith and spirituality. Worship and prayer were not just rituals for Daun; they were cherished moments spent communing with the Lord Jesus Christ.
Daun's sunny disposition illuminated every room she entered and brought warmth to those around her. Conversations with Daun were elevated by her unwavering positivity and genuine interest in others. Her infectious enthusiasm for life was contagious, leaving an enduring impact on all who had the privilege to share a conversation with her.
When she wasn't immersed in her professional or spiritual pursuits, Daun found solace in the pages of her Holy Bible and used her vocal talents to sing at churches and holiday events. Her dedication to service extended beyond her legal work; Daun dedicated countless hours to volunteering in Palm Springs, working alongside the City Council and Mayor.
Daun's proudest accomplishments were undoubtedly intertwined with her unwavering commitment to making a difference. Whether it was providing legal assistance to those in need or shaping legislation on an international scale, Daun's remarkable achievements will continue to inspire future generations.
Daun Aline DeVore Winfield is survived by her loving husband William, who stood beside her as an unwavering pillar of support throughout their journey together. She was preceded in death by her mother Madelyn and father Jacques. Those left to honor Daun's memory include her brothers Daniel and Jacques, sister Jene, and a wide network of friends and colleagues whose lives she touched deeply.
A funeral service will be held on July 11, 2023, at Desert Memorial Park in Cathedral City, California. The service will commence at 11:30 am, followed by interment at noon. Friends, family, and all whose lives were touched by Daun are invited to pay their respects at this reflective gathering.
In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations be made in Daun's honor to organizations she supported passionately throughout her life: United Farm Workers and local charities that serve the less fortunate in Palm Springs.
Daun Aline DeVore Winfield will forever be remembered as a brilliant legal mind, a passionate advocate for justice, and a spirited vocalist whose voice touched souls. Her unwavering commitment to serving others and spreading positivity will continue to resonate in the hearts of all who were fortunate enough to have known her. May her soul find eternal peace, knowing that her legacy lives on in the countless lives she impacted during her time on Earth.
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