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Barbee Taylor Winn

Obituary for Barbee Taylor Winn

August 17, 1917 - November 23, 2017
Boerne, Texas | Age 100


Barbee T. Winn lived every minute of her life to the fullest, and loved every second. She was born in Arlington, Texas on August 17, 1917 to Walter Barbee Taylor and Eunice Taylor, and died on Thanksgiving Day, November 23, 2017 at the age of 100. She came of age in the depression and learned how to creatively approach life. She became a horsewoman, businesswoman, markswoman, cook, tailor, athlete and a belle of the ball when she was elected Queen of North Texas Agricultural College, now UT Arlington. She graduated from UT in Austin with a physical education degree in 1939.

After moving to San Antonio to teach at Alamo Heights High School, she continued her romance with the man who would be the love of her life for 71 years, Murray Winn. Together they were partners in all aspects of life. They had three sons, Tom, Steve and Randy. She and Murray helped Murray's father, Murray Winn, Sr., operate Winn's variety stores. She created Barbee's Pinatas and sold them to Joskes Department Store. She and Murray opened Murray's Candies at two locations. One of their most notable achievements was the founding of the City of Windcrest. Barbee helped design and decorate the first 200 homes, and started the Windcrest Christmas Light Up program in 1959, which is still successful today. She was an avid golfer, hunter, fisherman, scuba diver, skier and worked in historical preservation in the city of Boerne. She was awarded Sportswoman of the Year in 1971 by the San Antonio Light newspaper. Before motorhomes had been invented, she and Murray bought several used busses and converted them into motorhomes.

She has lived in Boerne for 30 years, and a member of First United Methodist Church there. After Murray's death in 2003, Barbee lived alone until age 90 when she reconnected with an old college friend, Lin Weems. She and Lin were married for over two years until his death. For the past several years, her son Steve moved in to help manage the household and care for her. Barbee wrote her autobiography titled "Ain't Livin' Fun!" in 2005. She celebrated her 100th birthday last August with 100 friends and family members.

She may have been 100 at her death, but it was too soon for everyone she left behind. We know she is joining her many loved ones who have gone before including the happy spirits of her dogs and horses she adored. We won't see another like her. In her autobiography, Barbee wrote "I can look back and see all the good times, hard times, happy times, sad times---bunch them all together and thank God for a wonderful life. Life is a beautiful journey, we travel our own unique way, with memories behind us and dreams up ahead, and a brand-new beginning each day".

Barbee is survived by her sons, Tom Winn (Dede), Steve Winn and Randy Winn (Cathy), stepsons Lin and Scott Weems, 9 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends Sunday, December 3rd, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Porter Loring on 1101 McCullough Ave.

A service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, December 4th at First United Methodist Church, 205 James St. in Boerne.

Interment will follow at Mission Burial Park North.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial in Barbee's name may be made to Triple H Equitherapy Center, 791 Backhaus Road, Pipe Creek, TX 78063 or to a charity of your choice.

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Suggested Memorial Donations

  • Triple H Equitherapy Center, 791 Backhaus Road, Pipe Creek, TX 78063 or to a charity of your choice

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Porter Loring Mortuary

1101 McCullough Avenue
San Antonio, TX 78212
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