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Nola Poynton Webb

Mrs. Nola P. Webb (Foreman—Nola I. Poynton), 91, of New York, formerly of Gladwyne, PA, died on August 20, 2015.


Born in Illinois, she was the youngest child of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Poynton (Mai Hon). She grew up in Robinson and Carmi, IL, before her father, an executive with the Ohio Oil Company, was transferred to their headquarters in Findlay, OH. She graduated from Findlay High School, where she was a member of the National Honor Society. She won several college scholarships to Ohio schools, but chose to attend the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, where she was a member of Gamma Phi Beta.


Upon leaving the university in 1945, Nola moved to Chicago and worked at the law firm of McCormick & Patterson, where she was introduced to her future husband, Winfield A. Foreman Jr., by one of the firm’s partners. They were married in 1947, and moved to New York, then Haverford, PA, where Mr. Foreman accepted an executive position with Philadelphia’s John Wanamaker department store in 1957. The marriage ended in divorce, and Nola soon afterwards began a successful career as a residential real estate broker. She later married William M. Webb, that union also ending in divorce.


She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution; the Huguenot Society; the Board of Managers of the New York Junior League; the Philadelphia Junior League; and the Women’s Committee of the Children’s Aid Society of Philadelphia. She was involved with the University of Pennsylvania as a member of the Steering Committee of the Annenberg School of Communications and the Advisory Board to the Dean of Women. She was a Republican committee woman in Lower Merion Township, and a past member of the Merion Cricket Club.


Nola is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Mr. & Mrs. Robert W. Kleinschmidt (Nell Foreman); son Winfield A. Foreman 3d; granddaughter Lucy Kleinschmidt; nieces Carolyn Sandlin, Paula Scisciot, and Linda Size; and nephew Arthur Poynton III. She was predeceased by her sisters, Rebecca Poynton and Martha Ziegler, and her brother, Arthur Poynton Jr. A memorial service was held on April 11, 2015, at the Brick Presbyterian Church in New York.

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