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Catherine Owen Monning Winsett – February 7, 2018

Catherine Winsett died Wednesday, February 7, 2018.
Graveside services will be at 2 pm Saturday, February 17 at Llano Cemetery Mausoleum Chapel with Tom Johnson and Norman Stuppi officiating. Arrangements by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd, Amarillo, Texas 79109.
Catherine was born, in Amarillo, on January 13, 1923 to Catherine Clifton Owen Monning and William Frederick Monning; the second of three daughters. A few days before her 9th birthday her father suddenly died, and her mother’s parents, Lulu Gill Owen and David William Owen moved into 1610 Tyler to help raise the three girls.
“Born and bred in Amarillo” in the truest and proudest sense, she talked fondly of growing up “walking everywhere”: to Tyler St Grammar School, Elizabeth Nixon Jr High and then to Amarillo High. She graduated in 1940 where she was selected the “Best All Around Girl”.
She attended Amarillo College and The University of Texas where she was a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority.
In 1946, she married Ewing Merrill Winsett and they lived briefly in Galveston before returning to Amarillo and giving birth to her son Owen.
She was active in many organizations, while maintaining a beautiful and delightful home where she welcomed so many as the “hostess with the mostest”.
She was active in her church, St Mark’s Anglican Church and before that, St Andrew’s Episcopal church.
Always a music lover and as she said “all of the arts”, she was Co-founder of the Amarillo Opera and served on its board as well as those of The Amarillo Art Center (now the Amarillo Museum of Art), The Lone Star Ballet, The Amarillo Symphony (and Chaired a Symphony Ball), The Texas Association of Symphony Orchestras, West Texas Friends of Fine Arts and Harrington House Board of Managers.
She has been active in numerous civic affairs having been Chairman of Amarillo Centennial Parkway, Residential Area Chairman Festival of Lights, Love and Laughter and the Junior League. She also served on the YWCO Board, The Chamber of Commerce Arts Committee,
The Children’s Theater, The Tuberculosis Society, and The Potter-Randall County Medical Auxiliary.
She was honored to be in The Sandie Hall of Fame and a distinguished Alumni of Amarillo College. She was awarded The Golden Nail Summit Award in 1985, The Beta Sigma Phi Woman of the Year in 1988, The Women’s Forum Distinguished Service Award (Governor of Texas Commission of Women) for Volunteerism in 1990, and chaired the Fiftieth Reunion of AHS Class of 1940.
She is preceded in death by her husband Ewing Merrill Winsett and her sister Elizabeth Jane Monning Loving. She is survived by her sister Mary Martha Monning Oles, her son Owen Ewing Winsett and his wife Mary Zelsman Winsett. Affectionately called “Honey”, she is survived by her grandchildren; Robert Ewing Winsett and his wife Nikki Grice Winsett, Anne Merrill Winsett, William Owen Winsett and his fiancé Kenyon Demler and Frank Thompson Winsett and his wife Kate Singleton Winsett. She is also survived by many devoted nieces and nephews and their families, each one with a special place in her heart: The Loving’s, Oles’, Vallee’s, McCulloch’s, and Schmidt’s.
The family suggests memorials to The Amarillo Opera, 2223 S Van Buren St, Amarillo, Texas, 79109.


  • Sylvia Frazer Posted February 14, 2018 4:59 pm

    Dear sweet friend, I smile just thinking of Catherine. My love,

  • Robert Schmidt Posted February 15, 2018 2:12 pm

    Aunt Katie was a picture of beauty to me and my entire family. My memories of decades of holidays in her home are filled with amazing food, great conversations and beautiful everything- from the decorations to the place settings to the serving pieces. She would often bake angel food cake with surprises baked in- usually coins. Everything was both elegant and other-focused, never calling attention to herself.
    I am thankful for how the light of Christ shone so brightly in all that she touched. We will all miss her, but cherish her memory for generations.
    Love always, Robert & Jenni Schmidt
    Hanna & Ryan Balemi, Sarah, Michael & Warner Maag, Emma & Kyle Gundlach, Caleb & Carlie Schmidt, Abigail & Nellie Schmidt

  • Mary Sterling Baird Posted February 15, 2018 3:00 pm

    Even though it’s Mary Martha’s name for her, she will always be “Sis” to me. I will never forget her delightful smile, incredible taste, and warm and gracious treatment. She was a true lady, and will remain a permanent example for for me in both grace and character.

  • Bonnie Snell Posted February 17, 2018 4:28 pm

    A lovely lovely inspiring gracious lady! We had such a fun time in morning pool aerobics one summer and a sweet friendship. Her life and memories are
    blessings. Bonnie Snell

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