A 2015 Herald-News story said Winter played violin in college and was second chair in a civic orchestra. Her first music teacher was her grandmother, Mary Palmer, and Mary used to accompany Winter to violin lessons at the former Joliet Area Suzuki Strings.
Mary, center, an accomplished viola player, was a member of the West Suburban Symphony Orchestra and the Four Encore String Quartet, Betsy said.
Mary played the viola for weddings and special events, Betsy said.
It's nice to see Mary's musical legacy continue in Winter, Betsy said, especially since Betsy didn't always appreciate Mary's musical abilities when Betsy was a child.
"She kept my sister and I up at night with her practicing," Betsy, pictured on the left,with her sister Margo Cox pictured on the right, said. "We kind of took it for granted, especially at 11 o'clock at night while we were trying to sleep. It was Mom's thing.
"We'd get up listening to classical music because that's what she played around the house."
Unlike some musical parents, Mary never insisted that her children take music lessons or play an instrument. She let them follow their own interest paths, Betsy said.
"I played the piano for a while, and then I dabbled with the flute," Betsy said. "My sister actually followed in my mother's musical footsteps. She played the bassoon and a bunch of other instruments; she's very musical. But [Mary] did pass her love of music onto my daughters."