Miriam Edwina Lynn
August 30, 1925 – November 14, 2020
Miriam Edwina (Wini) Lynn was a model mother and wife, doting grandmother, generous friend, exceptional artist and faithful child of God. She loved her family above all. She never missed the opportunity to tell her kids, grandkids, and husband how blessed she felt when we were all together.
Wini was born in Edwardsville, Illinois, on August 30, 1925, to Edwin and Ethel Hildenstein. The family moved to Springfield, IL, when she was in high school. She graduated from Springfield High in 1943, where she played French horn in the band. She attended the First Methodist Church where she met Robert Lynn, a traveling salesman based in Springfield, but a native of Texas. They married in 1950 and moved to Dallas in 1958 so Robert could pursue a career in industrial real estate. Their family came together with the adoption of Nina in 1955, Carla in 1958 and Tom in 1964.
Wini was happy in her role as homemaker taking care of three children and her husband, and for many years, caring for her mother who had come to live with the family. She was active in the formation of the Robert Lynn Company in 1962 and is still considered the matriarch of the company. She was a talented seamstress and made the majority of her own clothes for many years. She enjoyed attending book review luncheons and singing in the church choir. Wini was proud to obtain a degree in visual arts at UTD at the age of 60. Another activity that she was devoted to was exercise at Cooper Aerobics Center. She enjoyed walking, swimming, water aerobics, strength and movement classes and even working with a personal trainer.
Her artistic pursuits included painting, print making, stained glass and photography, but it was painting that she loved the most. She was always eager to learn new techniques and try something different. Her paintings are owned and admired by art lovers across the country.
Wini and Robert loved to travel so there was always a summer vacation with the kids. Once the kids were grown they were able to travel to more faraway places like South America, Australia, and many European destinations. For many years when the grandkids were little, they enjoyed yearly family beach vacations, even parasailing in Mexico when in their 70’s.
The three grandchildren, Britton, Preston and Larson were the absolute lights of her life. Wini and Robert were proud to attend sports activities the kids participated in, dance recitals, birthday parties, graduations, and Grandparents’ Day celebrations. Many memories were created at the family lake house and during annual trips to the state fair. Thanksgiving and Christmas were always scenes of joyous chaos!
Wini passed away at home on November 14, 2020. She was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, her parents, and her sister, Ellen Schultz. She is survived by her daughters; Nina and Carla; son, Tom and wife Dawn; grandchildren Britton, Preston and wife Hartley, and Larson; sister-in-law, Dorothy Nell Hawkins and husband Byrd of Sulphur Springs; and many nieces and nephews.
There will be a private graveside service on Saturday, November 21, 2020. Condolences can be offered at www.sparkman-hillcrest.com. In lieu of flowers, donations could be made to Hope Cottage, 609 Texas Street, Dallas, 75204, or North Dallas Shared Ministries, 2875 Merrell Road, Dallas, 75229.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Miriam Edwina Lynn
November 23, 2020
Nina, Carla and Tom
My thoughts and prayers are with you in the loss of your mom.
My cherished memories with your family are of those growing up on Williamstown, 6 years of carpool rides, occasional treats after school in your home and times your parents would be at our house for Potluck dinners. Great times, even greater generation.
I know your countless memories of moments together will be always treasured and forever comforting.
November 23, 2020
Nina, Carla, and Tom,
My sympathies on the passing of your mother - I wish I had known her. My Dad - Wendell Charles Hildenstein was her first cousin, and he passed away 5 years ago at the age of 82. I live in the Dallas area and would be happy to meet my new cousins.
Julie Hildenstein Webster
November 23, 2020
Nina, Carla & Tom & Dawn,
We remember your mom as a lovely lady, and so very talented. Opal was grateful that she, Robert and you all were in her life.
We loved reading here about her giftedness & pleasures & love of family.
We pray for blessings, and send sympathy to each of you.
Bill & Paige Melton
Dawn Day Freeman
November 22, 2020
I'm so sorry for your loss, but my this was a life well lived. I remember meeting your parents at their lovely home while I was attending university at SMU. My father, Robert F Day, was your mother's first cousin. He passed in 1999, but mother Juanita died in 2019 aged 90. They truly were the greatest generation.
November 20, 2020
Carla, Nina and Tom,
I loved visiting your home as a teenager. There was always so much love and laughter especially around the dinner table. May His peace that passes all understanding be yours during this time as you both celebrate a life well lived and morn the passing of a special mom most loved.
In His love,
Pam Warrick Smith
November 19, 2020
I was fortunate to live with Wini for a few months when I worked for Nordstrom in Dallas.
Wini made me feel I was a part of her family ,always welcome. Wini was my husbands favorite Aunt.
I will miss our Sunday drives and looking and talking about her art. Wini now can be with her family, sister, motbrother in law and my husband Jon.
I will miss her dearly but as they say she is in a better place. God bless you Wini. Someday I will be with you and Jon.🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻