On Ash Wednesday, March 5, 2014, with her favorite rosary in her hand and her children and best friend at her bedside, Winifred “Winnie” Blount left us to be with her Lord and Savior. Two hours before she died, Winnie looked off in the distance and said: “There’s my life story right there…what a good book.” Truer words were never spoken, for that book describes a life that was rich with purpose and consequence and service.
Born on April 14, 1942 in Washington, D.C., to James R. Webb, Jr., and Mildred Webb, Winnie was the oldest of seven children. Her father’s military career took Winnie and their growing family many places, including Texas, South Dakota, Peru, Spain, New York, and Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque. Moving so often and so far at such a young age, particularly with the responsibilities expected of the oldest child, no doubt sparked in Winnie the virtues of discipline, organization, and forthrightness for which she would become well-known.
Winnie graduated from Highland High School in Albuquerque in 1959. After a year in religious life in Michigan, she returned to New Mexico and enrolled in nursing school. During her course of study, Winnie was introduced to E.J. Fouratt, Jr., a captain stationed at Sandia Base who was leaving the Login to read more