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Carolyn Martin Winn


1939 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
Carolyn Martin Winn Obituary
Carolyn Martin Winn passed away on Monday, July 7, 2014, at her residence in Fort Worth in complete assurance of her heavenly home. Service: A memorial service celebrating Carolyn's life will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday at First United Methodist Church of Fort Worth. Interment will precede the memorial service at 10 a.m. in Grandview Cemetery in Grandview. Memorials: Contributions in Carolyn's memory may be made to FUMC of Fort Worth, 800 W. Fifth St., Fort Worth, Texas 76102; or the Texas Health Resources Foundation for the Celia Winn Spaans Family Support Room, Box 200038, Arlington, Texas 76006. Carolyn was born in Pittsburg on April 10, 1939, to Fay Louis and Ruby Lee Turnage Martin. Carolyn graduated from Pittsburg High School in 1957 and enrolled at the University of Texas at Austin where she met her future husband, Herschel Winn. A member of Alpha Delta Pi, she graduated from UT with a bachelor of journalism degree and married Herschel 10 days later on June 24, 1961. Their two girls, Celia and Macey, were born in April of 1962 and August of 1963, respectively. Carolyn was a smart, articulate and creative woman, whose greatest desire was to be a homemaker and mother. She created a home full of love, laughter, security, grace, beauty and wonderful home-cooked meals. Carolyn gave herself 100 percent to supporting her husband, children and, later, grandchildren in all that they pursued. She was extremely proud of Herschel and delighted in traveling with him on business trips, entertaining in their home and being involved in community events. She brought her talents to many groups, both in Burleson and Fort Worth, including The Eumathian Club (president), Burleson Library Board (president), First United Methodist Church of Burleson, Boys and Girls Club of Greater Fort Worth, Harris Hospital, Jewel Charity Ball, Kimbell Art Museum (docent) and First United Methodist Church of Fort Worth. While she was committed to all of these organizations and causes, two projects stand out for their impact on future generations. An avid reader and writer, she was the force behind the establishment of Burleson's first public library. For her efforts, the Burleson Jaycees named her the Outstanding Citizen of the Year in 1969. Seeking to honor their daughter, Celia Winn Spaans, who passed away from breast cancer in 1998, Carolyn and Herschel made a gift to Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital in 2011 to establish The Celia Winn Spaans Family Support Room. The room, as a component of the March of Dimes NICU Family Support Program, is available as a retreat for NICU families during their time in the hospital. After the girls left home, Carolyn enjoyed traveling the world with Herschel and their friends, volunteering, spending time with family at the lake house she and Herschel designed, and lavishing love and wisdom on her five granddaughters. She was the family travel agent, meticulously planning 50 years of Winn family vacations, never visiting the same place twice. Diagnosed in 2012 with progressive muscular atrophy, Carolyn faced her illness with the same dignity, graciousness, and determination that she faced life ... and always with a smile and a beautiful outfit. Carolyn was quiet in her faith, but her assurance in Jesus as her Savior and her courage and peace in the face of a devastating disease spoke volumes. Carolyn was preceded in death by her parents, Fay Louis and Ruby Martin; and daughter, Celia Winn Spaans. Survivors: Husband of 53 years, Herschel Winn; her daughter, Macey Conradt and husband, Woody; Cheryl and David Spaans; her granddaughters, Samantha Spaans Cast (Brett), Lyndi Nicole Conradt, Shannon Carolyn Spaans, Holly Michelle Conradt and Stacey Lee Spaans; her nieces, Jan Gibbons (David) and Brenda Bowman (Tom); her nephews, Randy Winn (Imelda) and Ricky Winn; and numerous other relatives and friends. The family would like to thank Sylvia James and Lakeisha James for their loving and devoted care and friendship.
Published in Star-Telegram from July 9 to July 10, 2014
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