Windsor Estate Establishes Voice Scholarship at Illinois Wesleyan

Dec. 11, 2014

BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— Through her estate, the late Maxine E. “Mickey” Windsor of Springfield is giving college-bound music majors the opportunity for voice instruction that eluded her.

Windsor’s estate has created a scholarship fund for music students studying voice at Illinois Wesleyan University. Growing up in Canton, Windsor loved to sing and wanted to enroll at Illinois Wesleyan, but her parents did not have the means to send her.

Throughout her life, she always indicated that when she died she wished to leave a scholarship to Illinois Wesleyan University to assist those music students planning to study voice who needed financial help, according to family friend Larry Sweat of Springfield.

Friends of Windsor said she began singing solo at the age of 12 in numerous churches in Canton. In high school Windsor was awarded superior ratings in solo and ensemble performances in several statewide music contests.

Windsor worked as a timekeeper for International Harvester and in accounting for Caterpillar Tractor Co. in Peoria. After owning a flower shop in Abingdon, she moved to Springfield and worked in accounting for the State of Illinois’ Department of Registration and Education.

The Maxine E. “Mickey” Windsor Voice Scholarship will be awarded each year beginning in the fall of 2015.