Royann Winfield, 62

Royann Winfield, 62, of Ellport passed away Monday, January 9, 2023 at her residence following a 3 1/2 year courageous battle with cancer. Royann faced her battle with cancer with strength, courage, and a positive attitude that was an example to all.

Born August 5, 1960 in Ellwood City, she was the daughter of the late Oscar and Dolores Geary Winfield.

Royann graduated from Riverside in 1978 and Slippery Rock University in 1983. In her youth, she attended Lillyville Church of God. She worked at McGuire Memorial Home for the past 20 years. Royann coached track at Riverside High School for 40 years, 32 as the head coach and she never had a losing season. She retired from coaching in September of 2022. She coached many athletes who competed in WPIAL Championships and Pa State Finals. She loved coaching at Riverside and mentoring student athletes to reach their potential not only in athletics but in life. Royann enjoyed golfing, trips to the beach, traveling, and pontoon boat rides at Moraine. She was an avid Penguin fan.

Survivors include brother, Charles Winfield of California; three nieces, a nephew; her best friend, Lori Shay; her pups, Sadie and Cinders, and many close friends.

Visiting hours will be held Thursday January 12, 2023 from 3 pm until the time of the funeral service at 6 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home, Inc. 200 Fountain Ave. Ellwood City. Pastor Dennis Arndt will officiate. Interment will follow in Grandview Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Riverside Girls Track Boosters.

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12 thoughts on “Royann Winfield, 62

  1. I remember Coach Winfield with great fondness. I ran track for 4 years under her leadership and can’t imagine those days any differently. Deepest sympathies to all her loved ones during this time. I can still hear her voice traveling across the track. RIP Coach Winnie

  2. Lori, I am so sad to read about Royann. I have fond memories of both of you supporting me and pushing me to be a better basketball player and person. Sending you lots of love, Sharon Gibbons

  3. It has been a pleasure to know Royann over the past 17 years as a coworker at McGuire Memorial. She was always very dedicated to the health, safety, and well-being of all of the residents of McGuire, both at the main campus and in the community homes. As a supervisor, she was quick to ensure that all staff were well-informed of what needed to be done on any given day. She was never too busy to take the extra time needed to make sure that everyone was well cared for, both the residents and the staff who provided their care. She will truly be missed.

  4. As my son is running track now I see full circle the impact a coach has on your growth and development. Coach Winfield was a great coach and supporter, gone too soon.

  5. Royann was my coworker at the very end of her earthly journey, but she was so much more to me throughout the 6 years that I have known her. Both of my sons ran track and cross country at Beaver HS and I would see Royann at meets and invitationals, she would always find time to share a kind word to me even as busy as she was coaching and timing all of the events. Her dedication will truly be missed by everyone she had coached over the years and I will miss working with and talking to her about running and her vacations to the beach, especially the last one where she was so excited to have a golf cart to cruise around in throughout the week. I was honored to have had the opportunity to know her and to have shared an office next to her.

    • Royann was a wonderful friend and co worker. I was lucky to have known her for almost 20 years. She was kind and would do anything to help. We were so lucky to have her join our team a few months ago. She loved to talk about her Sadie. I will truly miss seeing her and chatting about our lives. Rest in peace Royann.

  6. Royann was an amazing woman. She made me a stronger woman and better coach. One of those people who lifted others up!! Lived life to the fullest and was inspirational during her battle with cancer. I will miss our chats, occasional golf outings and hugs at Riverside when she was keeping the clock. RIP my friend.

  7. I send my deepest sympathy to the Winfield family. For my 30+ years as a coach I always enjoyed going against Riverside in the field events. You always brought out the best in us and everyone you touched. Coach, may you R.I.P..
    Field Coach Krestel / Ellwood City

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