Two members of our guild passed away in 2014. We will miss
their friendship and commitment to professionalism.
Ellen Gray Massey, 92, was retired from teaching at Lebanon
High School. She was a writer, editor, and mentor for more than
forty-five years. She was an often-requested speaker and
portrayed the Ozarks in a positive light in her talks throughout
the United States. Ellen was an award-winning writer of novels,
nonfiction, short stories, and magazine articles. In 2014, she
In Ellen’s memory, our guild made a cash gift to the Lebanon-Laclede County
Sherlu Walpole, 90, was an Honorary Lifetime Member of our guild. Her real name
was Shirley Lou Rardin Walpole; she combined her first two names into a
signature pen name. Her career included television sales, writing, and
broadcasting. A photo-journalist, she wrote for Springfield! Magazine for more than
twenty years. She had several master’s degrees, was a member of the high IQ
society Mensa, excelled in English, and was a witty wordsmith. In Sherlu’s memory,
our guild made a cash gift to the Southwest Missouri Humane Society.
|Write like nobody will ever read it.
Edit like the whole world will.
Sharon Melton Lippincott
|Springfield Writers' Guild
A Chapter of Missouri Writers' Guild
Author Pamela Foster