She met George Samuel Kirk in the late 2220s and the two married at the age of nineteen. Married life was a big adventure for the young couple, but once Winona became pregnant they looked for a place to raise their family. They bought a farm in the small town of Riverside, Iowa, though most of the farming would be done under lease by their Amish neighbors. Most household duties fell to Winona, as George still served in Starfleet as a security officer and was away from Earth for long periods. (TOS novels: Final Frontier and Best Destiny)
Despite this the Kirks still managed to start a family with George Samuel Kirk, Jr., their elder son, being born 12 August 2230. On 22 March 2233, James T. Kirk, their younger son, was born early when Winona accidentally tripped over one of the pigs located on the farm. (ENT novel: Last Full Measure; TOS novel: Enterprise: The First Adventure)
When her sons were young, Winona tried to instill many of her core values into their minds, including the view that taking part in a race was more important that winning it. However, young James didn't share his mother's view. (TOS novel: The Great Starship Race)
In 2247, Winona and her children left Earth to accompany George on his assignment to the planet Grex following the Orion withdrawal from the planet. Unfortunately, a year later, the family were forced to leave Grex aboard the transport vessel Eliza Mae when a civil war broke out between the native factions on the planet. They presumably returned to the family farm in Riverside. (TOS novel: The Janus Gate: "Past Prologue")
In late 2249, Winona and the boys traveled to see George off as he prepared to leave for an assignment on the planet Hellspawn. During the goodbye, James insulted his father, which led to Winona slapping him hard once George had left. (TOS short story: "First Star I See Tonight"; novels: First Frontier and Crisis on Centaurus)
Following the death of her husband, Winona left Earth in 2259 to stay with her eldest son and his family on Deneva. In 2264, Winona and her eldest son attended the change of command ceremony of the USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) from Captain Christopher Pike to James T. Kirk. (TOS novels: Enterprise: The First Adventure and Final Frontier)
Around 2266, Winona decided to return to the family farm on Earth and cared for the Kirk farm alone for seventeen years. In 2269, a fire at the farm broke out and she was injured as a result, although fortunately she wasn't killed. However, a second fire broke out on 2 June, 2283 and Winona sadly died later that day as a result of pneumonia, which was caused by smoke inhalation. As per her wishes, she was cremated and her ashes were placed in a wall crypt in a chapel that stood in Riverside. (TOS short story: "First Star I See Tonight"; TOS novel: Time for Yesterday)
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In the Crucible continuity, Kirk's parents (unnamed) were actual farmers, but died when he was very young. His mother died when he was nine, followed by his father two years later. For this reason James was sent to reside on Tarsus IV.