Ethel Winfield
Beah Richards as Aunt Ethel.
Vital Information
Gender: Female
Sister of Elizabeth Sanford, Fred's late wife and Lamont's Aunt who appears during the first season
Family and Personal Information
Related to: Esther Anderson (sister)
Elizabeth Sanford (sister)
Fred Sanford (brother in-law)
Lamont Sanford (nephew)
Character information
Appeared on: Sanford and Son
Episodes appeared in: "The Light Housekeeper" (Season 1)
"By the Numbers" (Season 2)
Character played by: Beah Richards
Sanford and Son retro Wiki Script

Ethel Winfield is a fictional character on the NBC sitcom Sanford and Son, portrayed by Beah Richards. She had five sisters: Esther (LaWanda Page), who was married to an alcoholic named Woodrow Anderson (Raymond Allen), Flossie, Minnie, Hazel, and Elizabeth, who was married to Watts junk dealer Fred G. Sanford (Redd Foxx), but died twenty-three years prior to time set of the pilot episode, titled Crossed Swords (Season 1, episode #1, 1972). Ethel appeared in two episodes in the second season before she was replaced by Esther. Both served as Fred's comic foils, who often insulted their appearance. Ethel's father was a shoe maker. Her family, as revealed in a later episode, was originally from Detroit, then moved to St. Louis, and then later moved to Los Angeles.