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Ruth Lawrence Scholarship Awarded

The Ruth Lawrence Scholarship was recently awarded to practical nursing student Melissa Minnis of Moberly. Ruth's daughters Melva Deanne Lipsey and Nita Enochs and their husbands traveled from Springfield and Jefferson City, respectively, to attend the Fall 2011 New Traditions Scholarship ceremony to present the award.

Ruth Corene Golden Lawrence was born in 1912 and lived almost 99 years. She married Leon Lawrence in 1940 and lived in the same home on Clark Street in Moberly until shortly before her death. She worked at the Brown Shoe Company from 1940 to 1955, and then was employed at Overfelt Stockyards, Patterson's Department Store and she ended her career in 2008 doing alterations for Duval and Reid Clothing Company. Ruth altered clothes for several generations of Moberly residents.

Ruth was a valued member of the Business Women of Missouri (BWM) Moberly chapter and a long-time advocate of the New Traditions program, serving on the program's Advisory Committee for over 30 years. She was especially dedicated to the New Traditions scholarship program and presented the BWM scholarship to MACC students at New Traditions scholarship ceremonies from their inception until a few years ago. A scholarship in her memory was instituted this semester at the suggestion of her BWM chapter, private individuals, and the New Traditions Advisory Committee.

Left to right: Melva Deanne Lipsey, Jefferson City, daughter of Ruth Lawrence; Melissa Minnis, Moberly, P.N.; Nita Enochs, Springfield, daughter of Ruth Lawrence; Patricia Twaddle, Director, Career and Placement Services/MACC.


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