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Margaret Battle Winchester
Mrs. Winchester was born in 1920. At the age of 29 she was diagnosed with vision loss. Relying on her inner strength and determination, inspired by faith, she continued to manage her household and parenting responsibilities.
She soon was driven to seek out others in her rural community who were also experiencing vision loss. She encouraged them to not allow loss of eyesight to diminish their sense of self-worth. She provided instruction in techniques used to maintain independence in the successful performance of daily living activities.
Whenever Mrs. Winchester was called, she would visit people who’d loss their vision. She dreamed of one day having a place where she could bring together all the people she’d been mentoring. In 1978, with the support of local legislators she realized her dream of establishing a day-program where people who are blind could come and participate in activities and programs designed to improve their quality of life.
Her desire to expand the day program’s ability to meet the growing needs of the numbers of people inspired Mrs. Winchester’s greatest effort. Her tireless work resulted in the building of the MARGARET WINCHESTER ENRICHMENT CENTER FOR THE BLIND AND VISUALLY IMPAIRED, INC. The center was dedicated on October 17, 1990. Mrs. Winchester is the Founder, and President of the Board of Directors, and served as the Daily Supervisor of Operations until retirement at age 88.
At the age of 94, you will still find her at the center every day, inspiring and encouraging every person who walks through the door.