March 27, 2008

Artistic Acclaim Continues to Shine Upon Moonlight Studio

Jewelry has been the calling card for Moonlight Studio for more than a decade, but a friends family illness recently led to an expansion at the Wyaconda business.

Owner Mary Beth St. Clair now is offering 2008 special occasion dresses for prom, pageants, weddings and graduation.

The transition was made in an effort to aid a friend whose dress shop was being put on the back burner due to her husbands illness.

I really wanted to help her out. And I knew there was a need for this service in our area, as I went through this process with both of my daughters, said Mary Beth. But we will just have to see where it leads.

While she is lending a hand to her acquaintance, the new business venture is similar to how she got her start in jewelry.

Growing up in Knox County, Mary Beth had been very involved with art. She was talented enough to attend a secondary art school, but instead chose a more stable educational path in business at Truman State University in Kirksville.

After working as a bookkeeper in the banking industry, a family illness forced her to leave work.

But she never stopped working. The transition allowed her to get back to her artwork.

Originally working in two-dimensional artwork and mixed media, Mary Beth began working with beads and metal components after being commissioned to draw Art Nouveau designs for jewelry pieces in 1995.

This initial exposure started what has become an endless search for new knowledge and techniques to create her artwork.

I am self-taught, and still a work in progress, Mary Beth says despite more than a decade of experience. I read a lot about new techniques but basically Ive learned how to do what I do, by doing it.

St. Clair did attend a training seminar at the William Holland School of Lapidary Arts in Georgia a few years ago, and said she plans on doing some additional professional development in years to come.

I took some silversmithing courses, something I already do, she said. But I wanted to see how others do what I do and try to find out what I was doing wrong. It was very educational as I found several techniques that have made my job easier.

After starting with bead stringing and assemblage, Mary Beths jewelry work soon progressed to stone-setting, silversmithing and wirework.

Not long after the transition, her work began earning awards as well as media coverage focusing on her unique style.

That style originally focused on wire-wrapping around natural sea glass and sandblasted glass. Mary Beth worked with partner Silvia Santos, a Peruvian wirework artist that she had met at an art show in Illinois.

Since then Mary Beth has expanded her horizons, continuing the glasswork, but also adding etch work, found object work and traditional and non-traditional silversmith work along with the additions of unusual stones, all unique to her own style.

These transitions marked her desire to change often, learning as many different methods as possible. Her expanding work combined with continued research into design and method further refined her style.

In 1995 Mary Beth started attending art shows and her work quickly gained rewards. Despite having two daughters in school at the time, Mary Beth and husband Verne still made time to attend as many as 40 regional art shows a year.

While that number has declined over the years, it has not meant a dip in the number of awards being received by Moonlight Studio.

In 2007 Mary Beths work earned her the Best of Show Award at the Art of the River show in Keokuk, IA. Her work also was honored at the Mid-Summer Arts Fair, Art on the Square in Fairfield, IA; Art in Central Park in Fort Madison and the Boone County Art League show. Mary Beth earned the Best of Show award at the Indian Hills Community College art show and capped off her year with the prestigious Merit Award at the Columbia Festival of the Arts.

Her experience in juried art shows led St. Clair to the Missouri Artisans Association. She serves as the vice president of the Best of Missouri Hands group that promotes some of the states best artists.

Despite the time commitment, Mary Beth still continues to develop three lines of jewelry each year. Normally one line features sterling silver, with a second involving stone setting with the last being a unique choice annually. Last year she worked in pearl for a line called objects from the sea. She also did a western line called Whispers of the West.

Her Amber Elegance line sets Mary Beth apart from most jewelers, as she has found a unique source for the rare stone.

I get my amber from Russia, where it comes from mines, she said. Otherwise you can not find these larger pieces like this and that sets me aside from most artists.

Her found object jewelry has also earned St. Clair plenty of praise.

I truly enjoy this line because it is simply making art out of something that isnt supposed to be jewelry, she said.

One such project remains on permanent display at the Missouri Governors Mansion in Jefferson City. The sterling silver pendant was part of a three-year series created by St. Clair. The piece was cut from a sterling silver antique tomato spoon. It features Osage leaves in honor of one of the first items documented by Lewis and Clark when they departed on their journey.

In addition to this display that has been housed in Jefferson City since 2005, Mary Beth also has her work available at galleries in Hannibal and Clarksville in addition to at her Wyaconda studio.

With the addition of the dress line, Mary Beth said plans are in place to build a new studio.

Right now my husband is running out of room, she said. All of my tools and work benches have squeezed him out of his space, so we are looking to expand.

With her youngest daughter ready for college, St. Clair envisions needing more space as she continues to explore and experiment in all areas of traditional and non-traditional metalwork and stonework.

My jewelry work encourages thought through history, nature and the modern world, she said. One may see the beauty of the gemstone, whimsy of the material, or an elegant composition, but the true value of a piece of jewelry is the feeling it inspires the special relationship between the object of beauty and the wearer.

That is a relationship Mary Beth plans on continuing to create for many years to come.

CHARLES H. BRADLEY (5/21/1935 – 2/11/2017)

Charles H. Bradley, 81, of Memphis, Missouri passed away Saturday evening, February 11, 2017 at the Scotland County Care Center in Memphis.

The son of Estel Floyd and Lily Hazel Ellicott Bradley, he was born May 21, 1935 in Memphis, Missouri.

He attended school and graduated from the Memphis High School. After graduating he joined the United States Army and served a term there before coming back to help run the family businesses of Bradley Car Sales and Bradley Auto Parts.

After his parents passed he decided to sell the business and served as an alderman for the City of Memphis as long as his health allowed him to.

Charlie was a lifelong active member of the United Methodist Church in Memphis, serving as an usher when he was called upon until he moved to the care center.

His interests included following the St. Louis Cardinals, buying season tickets for the home games and attending the home games as well as stock car races in the area.

He was an avid collector of St. Louis Cardinals memorabilia, even a lap blanket that he used later when he was a resident at the Scotland County Care Center. Charlie was fine as long as he had his radio and every day he would tune in to the St. Louis Cardinals.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include his cousin, Bob (Linda) Ellicott along with other relatives and friends.

Memorials in his memory may be made to the donor’s choice and may be left at or mailed to Payne Funeral Chapel, 202 E. Madison St. Memphis, Missouri 63555.

Funeral services were held Wednesday morning, February 15, 2017, at 10:00 A.M. at the Payne Funeral Chapel in Memphis with Pastor Paul Smith officiating. Interment followed in the Memphis Cemetery with full military honors provided by the Wallace W Gillespie V.F.W.Post #4958 of Memphis and two from the honor guards unit. Pallbearers were Rick Robinson, Leon Buford, Doug Freburg, Ronnie Tinkle, Dennis Bradley, and David Trueblood.

Online Condolences may be sent to the Family by logging onto Payne’s website at www.paynefuneralchapel.com

Arrangements were entrusted to the care of the Payne Funeral Chapel in Memphis.

Scotland County Senior Nutrition Center

MENU

Thursday, February 23 – Liver and Onions or Chicken Pattie, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans, Bread, Fruit

Friday, February 24 – Fish Fillet, Macaroni and Cheese, Baked Beans, Pickled Beets, Fruit Juice, Cornbread, Peanut/Butter Dessert

Monday, February 27 – Goulash, Italian Blend Vegetables, Lettuce Salad, Hot Roll, Peach Crisp

Tuesday, February 28 – Salisbury Steak, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Buttered Carrots, Bread, 5 Cup Salad

Wednesday, March 1 – Fried Chicken, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Green Beans, Hot Roll, Fruit Salad

Thursday, March 2 – Tuna Noodle Casserole, Lettuce Salad, Pinto Beans, Pineapple, Bread, Oatmeal Cookies

ACTIVITIES

Thursday, February 23 – Card Party at 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, February 26 – Fundraiser Soup Lunch from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Free will donation. Carry-outs available, call 465-7011.

Monday, February 27 – AAA and Care Board Meeting at 10:00 in Shelbina.

Thursday, March 2 – Card Party at 5:00 p.m.

VIRGINIA MAY (INSKIP) HUTSON (8/17/1947 – 2/12/2017)

Virginia May (Inskip) Hutson, age 69, of Windermere, FL, passed away Sunday, February 12, 2017, in Florida Hospital Celebration Health in Celebration, FL.

She was born August 17, 1947, in Memphis, MO, the daughter of Charles Sylvester Inskip Sr. and Vera May Pulis Inskip.

She was united in marriage to William A. Hutson and to this union one daughter was born.

Surviving is her daughter Margaret May Hutson of Windermere, FL; one sister and four brothers, Lois Walker and husband Charles of Macon, MO, Charles J. Inskip and wife Linda of Rolla, MO, Charles S. Inskip Jr. and wife Vicky of Moberly, MO, Larry D. Inskip of Armstrong, MO, J. Dean Inskip and wife Carol of Ashland, MO, including many nieces, nephews, & cousins.

Virginia was preceded in death by her parents, and a brother Carl Ray Inskip.

Virginia was raised in Derby, Colorado where she received her education.

She was briefly employed with Banquet Foods in Macon, and worked in a nursing care facility in Columbia, MO. She also lived in Rolla, Macon, Higbee, Edina, and Moberly, MO; then moved to Florida in 2008 where she lived with her daughter Margaret.

Hobbies included Embroidery and collecting many types of hummingbird figurines, collectable plates of many varieties, and collectable spoons.

Memorial services were held Saturday February 18 at the Hudson-Rimer Funeral Home in Edina, MO.  Reverend Mike Myers officiated the services.  Burial was in the Linville Cemetery.  Arrangements were under the direction of the Hudson-Rimer Funeral Home in Edina, MO.

Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to MargAret Hutson to help cover expenses.  Memorials may be left at or mailed to Hudson-Rimer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1, Edina, MO, 63537.

New Beginnings

There is a major part to the Christian belief system that tends to get past some; well…. maybe all of us.  That would be the truth, the fact, that in Christ we are new day by day.  Oh how we struggle to live this out.

At County Fairs some have a competition called a Tractor Pull.  One by one, each tractor is at the starting line pulling a cart with weights that transition into a heavier load as the trek progresses.  Eventually, the tractor stops in its tracks because it can no longer pull the load.  The one that travels the greatest length gets the trophy.

Our daily walk is sometimes just like a Tractor Pull.  The further into the day, the heavier the load until we are shut down in our tracks.  God is very much  aware of our dilemma and is devoted to its reversal. If God is anything, He is all about new, renewal, renewing.  Bible expression and confirmation is there for a reason.  He knows we will experience deep stress and provides a way out.  This isn’t just church chatter.  This is to be life… your life… my life… renewed life… day after day.

Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day (II Cor. 4:16).

Therefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come (II Cor. 5:17).

It is for this very reason that Jesus called for our new beginning by being born again. Such isn’t a church doctrine as much as it is designed to restart our engines when we do more sputtering than effectively moving forward. Renewal…it’s a daily thing… so look toward it.  Experience it.  And tomorrow?  Start all over… new… again!

 

NEW BEGINNINGS

VIRGINIA MAY (INSKIP) HUTSON (8/17/1947 – 2/12/2017)

Virginia May (Inskip) Hutson, age 69, of Windermere, FL, passed away Sunday, February 12, 2017, in Florida Hospital Celebration Health in Celebration, FL.

She was born August 17, 1947, in Memphis, MO, the daughter of Charles Sylvester Inskip Sr. and Vera May Pulis Inskip.

She was united in marriage to William A. Hutson and to this union one daughter was born.

Surviving is her daughter Margaret May Hutson of Windermere, FL; one sister and four brothers, Lois Walker and husband Charles of Macon, MO, Charles J. Inskip and wife Linda of Rolla, MO, Charles S. Inskip Jr. and wife Vicky of Moberly, MO, Larry D. Inskip of Armstrong, MO, J. Dean Inskip and wife Carol of Ashland, MO, including many nieces, nephews, & cousins.

Virginia was preceded in death by her parents, and a brother Carl Ray Inskip.

Virginia was raised in Derby, Colorado where she received her education.

She was briefly employed with Banquet Foods in Macon, and worked in a nursing care facility in Columbia, MO. She also lived in Rolla, Macon, Higbee, Edina, and Moberly, MO; then moved to Florida in 2008 where she lived with her daughter Margaret.

Hobbies included Embroidery and collecting many types of hummingbird figurines, collectable plates of many varieties, and collectable spoons.

Memorial services were held Saturday February 18 at the Hudson-Rimer Funeral Home in Edina, MO.  Reverend Mike Myers officiated the services.  Burial was in the Linville Cemetery.  Arrangements were under the direction of the Hudson-Rimer Funeral Home in Edina, MO.

Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to Margaret Hutson to help cover expenses.  Memorials may be left at or mailed to Hudson-Rimer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1, Edina, MO, 63537.

MARGARET ELLEN HOWARD   (8/3/31 – 1/24/17)

Margaret Howard, 85, peacefully passed away early Tuesday morning, January 24, 2017, at her home in Citrus Heights, CA following a short battle with cancer. Her daughters and son-in-law were with her.

Margaret was the daughter of the late Harry and Ruth Callahan, of Memphis, MO.

She is survived by her three daughters, Coleen Howard and Jana Howard, both of Sacramento, CA, and Sherri Kelleher (Dan) of Vacaville, CA; grandchildren Sean Kelleher (Sylvia), Jennifer Dean (Ned); great-granddaughter Kiera Margaux Dean; and former husband, Wilmer Howard. She is also survived by her brother, James Callahan (Barbara) of Godfrey, IL; and many nieces and nephews on the Callahan and Howard sides of her family.

Margaret graduated from Granger High School in 1948 and then attended Northeast Missouri State Teachers College in Kirksville. She married in 1951 and moved to California in December 1955.  In 1970 she went to work at American River College in the Job Placement Center.  She worked there until retirement.    Throughout her life she made many trips back to Memphis to see family and friends.

At her request there were no services.  She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

BABY MARTIN

Sheldon and Ashley Martin of Memphis, MO are the proud parents of a daughter, Tirzah Rain, born February 9, 2017 at 10:36 p.m. at Northeast Regional Medical in Kirksville, MO.  Tirzah weighed 6 lbs 9 oz and was 20 inches long. Grandparents are Ivan and Nancy Martin of Lancaster, MO and Lamar and Melody High of Downing, MO.

BABY ZEISET

Carl and Leann Zeiset of Memphis are the parents of a son, Corwin Grant Zeiset, born February 15, 2017 at 2:59 a.m. at Scotland County Hospital in Memphis. Corwin weighed 7 lbs 2 oz and was 20 inches long. Siblings are Weston, Douglas and Jerian. Grandparents are John David and Nancy Zeiset of Memphis; and Ivan and Linda Martin of Memphis.

Rutledge Renegades

Neta Phillips picked up Aunt Jewell Brown and went to Ruby Red Hats of Rutledge at Memphis Pizza Hut.  Jewell said she had a wonderful time.  She received a box of candy and a word search puzzle book.

Katrina and Great-Aunt Neta went to Kirksville.

Charlene Montgomery went to Kirksville and visited with Charlene Wheeler.  Charlene then went to Kirksville Hospital and had surgery on her right wrist and then back home.

Katrina took Neta to Memphis Hospital where she had carpel tunnel surgery on her left hand and then back home.

Dorcas Martin visited with Marjorie Peterson.  She brought her a small loaf of homemade bread.  Great-Nephew Matt Rankin and family sent Marjorie a dozen roses.

Jim and Nancy Jo Waack went to Keosauqua, IA.

Jack White came from Palmyra to visit Air Force buddy, Bob Hunolt.  They went to visit woodworking friend, Arlo Trueblood in the Scotland County Hospital.

Some of those in this week were Tim Morris, Dale Tague, Neta Phillips, Bob and Dorothy Hunolt, Marjorie Peterson, Charlene Montgomery, Milt Clary, Rodger Holtman, Mike and Pam Blaine, Larry and Tamara Tague, Doris Day, and Thomas Kortkamp.

Living Life Over

FIVE YEARS AGO

On Feb. 15th Judge Karl DeMarce, a judge on the 1st Judicial Circuit (Scotland County) sat by special designation with the Supreme Court of Missouri.  DeMarce was sitting in the place of Judge Mary R. Russell who was recused from one case argued today.

In place of Russell, DeMarce heard the first case on the Court’s docket this morning: Case No. SC91968, State of Missouri ex rel.MoGas Pipeline LLC v. Missouri Public Service Commission, an appeal from Cole County regarding a state agency’s intervention in a federal regulatory proceeding.

TEN YEARS AGO

Several area residents were among the winners when more than $263.7 million in prizes of $1,000 or more were awarded to Missouri Lottery players during January.

Winners of $1,000 or more included: Irvin Bennett of Downing ($1,525), Charles Adams of Gorin and James Paris of Memphis (both $1,000).

20 YEARS AGO

Brian Robinson and Angie Stephenson were crowned at the 1997 Scotland County Courtwarming Royalty during halftime of the Tigers’ basketball game February 21st.  Robinson was crowned king by 1996 queen Melissa Harvey.  Stephenson was crowned queen by Patrick Miller who was standing in for his brother, Andy Miller, the 1996 king.

30 YEARS AGO

According to the Scotland County Sheriff’s Department, a farm house, owned by Ed and George Morrison, approximately 3 ½ miles northwest of Memphis, was broken into sometime between Thursday evening and Saturday evening.  The house was vandalized, with many valuable antiques stolen, and many antique dishes, glasses, etc., were broken and destroyed.  The vandalism and theft is under investigation by the Missouri Highway Patrol and the Scotland County Sheriff’s Department.

40 YEARS AGO

Extensive damage was done to grave stones and mausoleums in the Gorin Cemetery by vandals sometime over the past week-end.  A number of grave stones were toppled and plates pried off mausoleums.

Also in Gorin, the home of Mrs. Bertha Walker has been broken into and vandalized.  Mrs. Walker, who lives alone, is currently a patient in a nursing home.

Both incidents are under investigation by the Scotland County Sheriff’s Department.

The Gorin Cemetery Association is offering a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the vandal or vandals.

50 YEARS AGO

A 4-H leader recognition and worship was held at the Memphis Christian Church on Wednesday with a turkey dinner served at the noon hour to some fifty persons.

Presentation was made to the following: Clover Award to the twenty year member, Florence Stevenson; there were 30 1st year awards presented, then four 5-year awards, Mrs. Ray Baker, Mrs. Letha Musgrove, Mrs. June Reed, Mrs. Alice Smith and four 10-year awards: Mrs. Hope Curry, Mrs. Beulah Davis, Mrs. Opal Durham and Mrs. Leota Lancaster.

60 YEARS AGO

A new feed store will open in Memphis Monday, March 4 in the Plenge building at 129 North Johnson Street, across the street from the elementary school.

The new feed store is owned by Homer Kapfer and will handle a complete line of Pay-Way feeds for livestock, poultry and pets.

Tom Newkirk is the local representative of the Pay-Way feed mills.

The building which the new store will occupy is a new one built by the late E. H. Plenge.  The new store hours will be from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.  They will also have pick-up and delivery service.

70 YEARS AGO

A movement, which has been on foot in Scotland County for the past few months to organize a new bank in Memphis, reached a climax this week when the 50,000 capital stock and $25,000 surplus was oversubscribed, it is said.

Application has been made for a charter, according to W. A. Southerland, and all the requirements have been met.  After approval by the comptroller at Washington, the organization will be perfected.

No quarters for the new bank have been obtained although several buildings are under consideration.

At the present time there is said to be a total of 28 stock subscribes to the proposed institution.

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