Ansalee Pilkington Mirghanbari was 74 years old when she passed away Aug. 21, 2017 in Bridgeton, Mo.
Ansalee was born in Heavener in 1942 to Ples and Artie Pilkington, long-time residents of this great town.
She grew up with her brother, Mickey Pilkington, watching their father go to work as a Conductor on the Kansas City Southern Railroad.
Ansalee was a passionate piano player, artist, voracious reader and member of the Mensa Society.
After graduating from Heavener High School, she attended Eastern Oklahoma A&M College in Wilburton, where she met, and later married, Soudie Mirghanbari. Their two children, September and Saudie Mirghanbari were both born in Fort Smith, Ark.
They moved to California, and then eventually to Illinois where Ansalee received several commendations for her work at the Lisle Police Department. She later married Robert Winthers and lived in Florida until his passing. She relocated to Bridgeton, Mo. to be close to her son.
Ansalee journeyed to the many places throughout the world that she read about. Not to be held back by anything, she learned how to speak the Persian language in three months while traveling throughout Iran with her husband. She had a continual hunger for the mysteries of the world, and maintained a free spirit throughout her life. She was a writer of short stories and poetry.
Heavener and all of its vast history, including Saturday and Sunday afternoons at the Liberty Theater, never left her heart and soul. Her radiant smile, witty sense of humor, and infectious laugh will be missed by many.
Ansalee was preceded in death by her parents, Plesant “Ples” and Sara “Artie” Pilkington; and her brothers, Ben, Wiley, and Calvin Pilkington; her sister, Kathryn Masters; and her husband, Robert Winthers.
She is survived by one brother, Michael “Mickey” Pilkington and his wife Kathy, of Heavener; two children, September “Seppie” Mirghanbari of Huntington Beach, Calif. and Adam “Saudie” Mirghanbari of Bridgeton, Mo.; one granddaughter, Sierra Mirghanbari, of Los Angeles, Calif.; and her first husband, Masoud “Soudie” Mirghanbari.
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