Marie Montague WintersMarch 26, 1920 - September 20, 2011
Marie Montague's life began on March 26, 1920 in Raleigh, NC as the second daughter of Thomas and Evalena Hinton Montague. Her grandfather, Richard Hinton, Sr. was a landowner and entrepreneur in a Bar-B-Q business, and his wife was Matilda Jaffers from Cherokee. Marie was the baby of the family and had five siblings: Henry, Laura, Rufus, Edward, and James. Marie was raised in the baptist church but converted to catholicism as an adult.
Marie was a very bright student at Lucille Hunter Elementary School. She graduated from Washington High School where she was a good typist and excelled in art. During a summer trip from New York, John W. Winters spotted his beloved when Marie was jumping rope in her yard while he was working in Raleigh. She was sweet 16 and he vowed to his family that someday he would marry his Marie. Upon John's return to Raleigh they were married in February 1941. Together they raised eight children: Frances, John, Jr., Michael. Donna, Naomi, Rebecca, Roland, and Seanne.
After raising her children this very strong woman joined her husband at John W. Winters Builders and Brokers Company, the real estate company he started in 1957 in the basement of their home. She was a supportive companion when in 1974 her husband became the first black Senator since reconstruction, and was also the first black city councilman.
Mrie was a member of several social clubs such as Chums and the Meadowbrook Country Club. She traveled extensively with her husband within the United States, the Caribbean Islands, and Europe. She loved dancing, singing, and going to Las Vegas and Atlantic City. On July 17, 2004 the American Orchid Society named an orchid after Marie that was grown by her daughter, Donna W. LaRoche. The beautiful orchid is a Clowesetum Black Jade' Marie Montague Winters' HCC/AOS.
She leaves her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and a host of nephews, nieces, cousins, and friends. She will be missed.