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
won the Western Writers of America Spur Award in juvenile fiction for Papa’s Gold.
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.
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