It is with an utterly heavy heart that I inform you that Winnifred Carol Wyman has passed over.
Her “color of authority” guardianship ended with her death on Dec 3, 2013. The Carol Wyman I knew was sweet and lovable and cherished her “little dog” Pierre and all her grandchildren and babies her children and their children produced.
Unfortunately, after being thrown in one of the worst nursing homes in Illinois and finally escaping, after daily abuse-beatings and sexual abuse-she had to move to Colorado with her son John Howard Wyman where she could safely paint 8 hours per day from the end of 2009 to the present.
You can see her obituary here:
You can see her artwork examples here:
(Photos used with permission of John Howard Wyman, © 2013 all rights reserved)
Mrs. Wyman painted nearly daily from arriving at John’s home in Colorado and amassed an amazing collection of dozens and dozens of original art work–many acclaimed by art critics due to the use of color, design and amazing shapes and figures. John Howard Wyman supported all of this artwork–even though the state left him with nearly no funding to care for his mother.
Under the standard guardianship system in Illinois, seniors are daily thrown into nursing facilities against their will–and often against the will of their family members who want to take them in but can’t.
A judge in probate recently told me that “there is no case law saying that a home placement is preferred over a home placement.”
Well in this home placement–forced by a daring escape from a nursing home, elopement to another state where Mrs. Wyman was freed from the evils of a probate court “ready to institutionalize her” (Another OPG atty told me “seniors often remain in their homes for far too long after they should be institutionalized), this senior painted dozens and dozens of amazing pieces of artwork and John Howard Wyman sacrificed mightily to make that happen.
Grandma Moses started painting at the age of 80 and was one of the most prolific and highly acclaimed artists of folk art Americana.
If you are interested in any of her works of art, please email John Howard Wyman at firstname.lastname@example.org for photos and pricing. Most of her works were sold at $3,000 each, but the prices may escalate.
John worked to get an agreement with the probate court that Mrs. Wyman could keep all her earnings from her paintings. Wasn’t that nice of them?
To add insult to injury, The Supreme Court of Illinois turned down her appeal on Nov. 27, 2013 to be a free woman again.
Just another example of how for many seniors in guardianships, death is the only way out.