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WINTON, Nina Spaulding, at the age of 103, passed away peacefully in Bonita Springs, Florida, where she had resided for six years.
Nina was born in 1918, to Burke and Nancy Spaulding, the fifth of six children and the only daughter. She grew up on a farm in Oak Grove, Tennessee. In addition to farming, Burke was a rural mailman, and Nina loved to tell the stories of the various people her father had met while delivering mail in an open horse drawn carriage, often in extreme weather conditions.
Nina attended Decherd’s school and was the only student in Franklin County to achieve a perfect score in all subjects on the standardized tests of that time. After graduating from Decherd High, she attended the University of Chattanooga for a year before transferring to the University of Tennessee. While in Knoxville, she married her high school sweetheart, Bob Winton, without permission from her parents or the college, which prohibited undergraduates from marrying. The sweet and gracious lady everyone remembers had a rebellious side too! She graduated from UT in 1939, with a triple major in English, French and music.
After college, Nina returned to Franklin County and taught at Decherd for several years, before devoting herself to the education of three dynamic and active girls.
A music lover, she played the piano daily until the age of 100. As a teenager and for many years she was organist of the First Methodist Church in Decherd and was in great demand for weddings and funerals. Her range of beloved musical genres ranged from old hymns to the pop standards of her day, and every Christmas she entertained guests in her home with interpretations of holiday classics.
As an adult, she was an active member of the First Methodist Church in Winchester, as President of the Morning Circle for the Women’s Society of Christian Services. She was also a member of the PTA, Franklin County Country Club, Democratic Party and a volunteer for the Red Cross.
A card lover, Nina played wicked bridge, and her weekly game with friends aged 40 or older should not be interrupted for any reason. These bridge club sessions were marked by the occasional gossip of children and grandchildren, political talk and occasional saucy jokes, which Nina liked to share – after a few cuddles – with family members. She enthusiastically applauded the Tennessee volunteers.
Nina was an avid reader and a fan of the news. She worked the crossword and Jumble every day. The clarity of her mind until her 90s was demonstrated by anyone who tried to compete with her by watching Wheel of Fortune or Jeopardy.
Quick-witted with an ever-ready laugh, Nina was a kind and gracious host to the multitudes of people who visited her in her living room. She was happy to spoil her grandchildren and great-grandchildren before sending them back to their parents for reprogramming. She was a beloved mother, wife, aunt, cousin and friend.
Nina has been married to Bob Winton for 54 years. They’ve traveled the world together, often with their daughter Jane, a flight attendant for TWA.
Although she was born a century ago, her manners and demeanor – her benevolent sensibility – are timeless. Her home was a sanctuary where a good meal and a listening ear always awaited. His influence on family and friends cannot be overstated.
She is survived by her daughters, Nancy Braun (Stan) and Jane Thalman (Tim); grandsons, Inman (Christy) and Frank (Maxine) Majors; step-grandchildren, Dina (Doug) Puetz of Calabassas, California and Suzanne Braun of Honolulu, Hawaii; great-grandchildren, Lily Majors, Olivia Majors, Maxwell Majors and Trevor and Austin Puetz of Culver City, California; nephews, Dr Ben Spaulding (Ann) and Bill Spaulding; nieces, Carolyn Hurdle and Barbara Boatwright (John). The family appreciates Nirma Jimenez and Maria Alonzo, his diligent caregivers in Florida, and Eugene Stovall, his friend and companion in Winchester.
She was predeceased by her husband, Bob; his daughter, Betty; his great-granddaughter, Tess Majors; and brothers, Hubert, Bob, Ben, Frank and Joe Spaulding.
There will be a funeral service at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for contributions to be made to the United Methodist Church in Winchester or the American Cancer Society.