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Publisher Shelly Arth Editor Sarah Reed Ad Director Mike Davis Cover Design Jacob Hatfield Contributing Writers Marcia Gorrell, Maggie Menderski, Brenda Randolf, Sarah Reed Ad Representatives Jared Brewer, Scottie Davis Ad Designers Betty Meyer, Jacob Hatfield She magazine a special publication of The Marshall Democrat-News P.O. Box 100 Marshall, MO 65340 660.886.2233

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Prom mothers


Women with Altitude


Ladies of the Law


Gift of Time


Relaxed in Flight




Pictured: Susan Jansen/Salt Fork YMCA (Sarah Reed/Democrat-News)

Bring some focus and calm rejuvenation into your day with the three most popular yoga poses. They’ll improve your balance, digestion, mood and stamina in just a few short minutes.


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Downward Dog is a resting pose and a great way to stretch the back. Let your head relax, and tighten your quads to take the weight off your arms.

Warrior pose




Bend the front knee directly over the ankle, keeping your thigh parallel to the floor. Keep hips squared to the front. Bring palms out to the sides then touch them above your head.

Bend the right knee, bringing the sole of the foot high onto the inner left thigh. Press the foot into the thigh and the thigh back into the foot. Keep both hips squared toward the front. Find something to focus on to maintain your balance, then repeat the move on the other foot. 3


Balance yourself on the fitness ball with your lower back touching the ball. Support your head and neck while keeping your knees at a 90 degree angle. Use your abdominals to crunch in a forward motion. Reps: 20 Sets: 3


With your elbows and forearms on the ball, stretch out until your body is in a straight line. Pull one knee toward your chest, then alternate. This isometric exercise will challenge your balance and your core. Reps: 20 per leg Sets: 3

Pictured: Lisa McComas/Salt Fork YMCA (Sarah Reed/Democrat-News)

Obliques Balanced on your lower back, draw your right knee and left shoulder in. For all crunches, rely on your abs to create the movement. Do not pull with your arms. This will target multiple core areas of the body. Reps: 20 per side Sets: 3

A great hip-shaping exercise, bridges let you relax your upper back on the fitness ball while you lift your hips to create a flat body. This move also targets the glutes. Reps: 30 Sets: 3



“Little things can make a big difference ...” This was the phrase that served as the driving force behind the beautiful life and caring actions of 16-year-old Rebecca Kirtman.

By Brenda Randolf

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ebecca was a Florida teen who started networking with her friends to get gently used dresses to girls who might not have been able to go to prom due to the expense. She then was killed in a car accident and, in her legacy, her parents promoted the program nationwide. Many churches and civic organizations have picked up the program as a local outreach. The “Rock” Church was the first in Missouri to link up. There have been articles in various magazines about Becca’s Closet. One Sunday, Rev. Sebastian gave a sermon, challenging the congregation to think how it can impact others in a positive manner. The very next day I read an article about Becca’s Closet online. It really touched my heart, and I felt like this was something our congregation could really promote. Rev. Sebastian agreed, thus, FPM was born and has been in “busi-

ness” for five years. To date, it has served approximately 135 girls. FPM works by the church taking in donations of gently used dresses, evening bags, jewelry, new make up samples, colognes, etc., sometimes even receiving cash donations. Someone may say, “I couldn’t afford a $200 dress, but here’s $10.” So FPM’s motto is: “Donations accepted but not expected.” Though a teen doesn’t have to return her dress, many times she does, which is a great way to pass on an act of kindness. Many local salons even donate a free updo, and Viking Cleaners donates its energy to clean the dresses. With monetary donations from civic organizations and individuals, FPM also hits the prom dress sales in the summer to restock.

Fairy Prom Mothers operates in First Presbyterian Church in Marshall. (Sarah Reed/Democrat-News)

Girls make private appointments or can come to the March Saturdays Open Houses. As long as FPM has a good supply of street length dresses, eighth graders may shop also. Find FPM on Facebook, contact them at 660-886-5112, 212 E. North St. in Marshall, or visit for more information.

and applied for a job with TWA. “I thought the chances of passing the interviews would be tough,” she said. “Bless my mother, she encouraged me.” The requirements were very stringent at the time: women had to be single, under age 35, have no bridges in their mouth, natural-colored hair and maintain a certain weight. They also had to have two years of college or three years of job experience. After six weeks of training in Kansas City, she and three other hostesses shared a Plaza apartment, paying $40 each out of their $285 a month salary. Huston, saving for a future trip to Europe, had $100 withdrawn from her check each month. “We could have a food allowance and our salary,” she said. “We all opted no food allowance because we wanted money.” Their main job was to serve the passengers. At the time, there were several different airlines to choose from, but, regulated by the government, the cost

of flights were all the same. Between the many airlines, hostess service was the competitive edge. “The incentive was for us to be sure and do the best job, so that people would fly TWA,” Huston explained. “That was why we were hired on.” Huston carried a seating chart on each flight. Hostesses called each passenger by name when they took requests or answered questions. They offered gum and playing cards on silver trays, along with magazines, blankets and pillows. Full elegant meals and coffee were served with china dishware and silver service. The hostesses were checked on flight by supervisors about the neatness of their hair and uniforms. They also had to weigh in periodically. “As a rule of thumb, a hostess could weigh five times the inches above five feet, plus 100,” she explained. That meant a 5’3” hostess had to weigh 115 pounds or less. For Huston, at 5’8”, her top weight was 140 pounds. ►► Their uniforms were green in the

summer and brown in the winter. They were made by famous Italian designer Oleg Cassini. The food, which was warmed up in flight, was top-notch, especially compared to today, when most airlines no longer offer meals. “They’ve gone economy,” she said, of today’s flights. “In my day, it was filet mignon and beef stroganoff.” Movie stars and entertainers flew on TWA, including Jimmy Durante, Carol Burnette, Vic Dimone and others, especially in and out of Las Vegas, she said. In addition to serving, the hostesses spent a lot of time visiting with the passengers. “There were no cell phones, no iPads, no movies, just wonderful conversation.” Some passengers would purchase four seats as a “berth” for cross-country travel, and the hostesses would make up the bed for them. “Needless to say, that is a pricey night’s rest,” she said. There were a few scary times, however. “I was sitting at a baseball game, and they announced there was a collision of United Airlines and TWA over the Grand Canyon. I was flying that route the next day,” she said. “It was a scary situation.” Another time there was a bomb

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scare called in, and the plane was dragged back into the hanger and searched. Eventually, an economy class was introduced on the Constellation to accommodate families. Nicknamed the “Vomit Comet” by some of the hosteses, three of them would serve the 71 passengers. The seating and aisles were narrow and more crowded than the luxury flights. “When we got to this tourist class later on, I carried babies around to help mothers, I heated baby bottles,” she explained. The hostesses weren’t allowed to take tips unless it was $50 or more — that was considered a gift. Huston was given a gold coin, which she still keeps today in a safe deposit box at the bank. Because hostesses had to be single, there was a lot of turn-over, and Huston soon earned seniority. “I was going to substitute teach, but that was kind of hard, every month you bid your flights and the more sen11


ior you got, the better flights you got,” she said. As former head of the Marshall swimming program, she taught swimming to handicapped children during her time off flying. Eventually she could plan her flight schedule to take advantage of weather and sight seeing. “I got so I could fly to Washington in April for the cherry blossoms, fly to L.A. in the winter, and I could fly to New York in the spring and the fall,” she said. After saving $1,800, Huston and another hostess took her long awaited trip to Europe, where they spent several weeks touring. When she came back to the U.S., she received a promotion as one of just three TWA instructors. The promotion allowed her unlimited flying passes, which she used to take her parents on trips. At TWA, owned by Howard Hughes, there did seem to be more opportunities for women than other companies of the time. Miriam Filkins, was a vice-president in charge of in-flight service, and there were women who became supervisors in hostess service and education. “I thought if I stayed I could get one of the jobs of a supervisor,” she said. In fact, marriage was far from her mind. However, a chance meeting with

John Huston, five years her senior in Marshall, quickly turned into a whirlwind courtship. As per the rules (which were later changed) she gave up her budding career and moved back to Marshall. Fifty-two years, four sons and numerous grandchildren later, Huston said has her life has been a “great ride.” Through the years, she’s scoured antique shops for TWA memorabilia, having found some of the silver trays used to serve customers. Her collection, along with her uniform, are now on display at the Nicholas-Beazley Aviation Museum in Marshall. Thanks to others’ kindness, she has been able to add items to the display. She was recently given a couple of small 1950s liquor bottles and old TWA luggage tags. Today, she is a member, along with other former hostesses across the country, of the “Clipped Wings” group and keeps in touch with some of her former roommates. Although flying has changed immensely since that time, she remembers her years with TWA during the “Golden Age” of flying very fondly. “It allowed me to spend four to five weeks in Europe at a reduced cost,” she said. “My parents were able to fly free. I got a wonderful education (traveling) and made lifelong friends.” 12

iere Dancy, Cindi Mullins and Shelley Zinn prepare for work each day, but differently. Dancy’s brown hair hides beneath the rim of her Missouri State Highway Patrol Trooper hat. Zinn’s Marshall Police Department car radio doesn’t blare the hottest music, but announces the latest emergency. Chief Deputy Mullins doesn’t chose her outfit, but her accessories are always in check — cuffs, gun and spray. She knows where each one is, and after 15 years with the Saline County Sheriff’s Department, she knows when to use them. ►►


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Just as their accessories differ from the average woman, their methods differ from their male colleagues. The trio handles law enforcement differently, but certainly not less effectively. “I think as a female in a predominantly male career, you maybe try a little harder,” Mullins said. “I’m obviously not going to go out and jump on a guy that’s 6.3 and weighs 300 pounds for obvious reasons. That’s just a good way to get hurt.” Even though Zinn’s year in the Marshall Police Department has left her badge less worn than Mullins’s, she echoed the same call of a different duty. Striving for excellent people skills, integrity, trust and honesty, Zinn considers communication a high priority in her career. “I think a lot of that, too, is that we’re good communicators,” she said. “We’d rather communicate with someone and talk them down, as opposed to getting in a fight.” Dancy, the first female trooper in Saline County, says once drivers fumble through the “yes sir —I mean, ma’am” and initial shock of a female trooper, typically they’re less nervous. Like Zinn and Mullins, she prides herself on her verbal skills. “It seems like I put them more at ease,” she said. “I don’t know if it’s because I’m

a smooth talker, or PERSPECTIVE if (it’s because) I’m female ... I think they listen to me better. Maybe they see me as their mom or their sister.” That family feeling stretches beyond civilians though and into their departments as a whole. Law enforcement officers understand the profession’s strange hours, commitments and emotional strains. These mismatched families function like a normal nuclear family — plus a high security facility, minus a white picket fence. “You get along with some better than others, but when it comes down to it,” Mullins said. “I’d fight a buzzsaw for any of them.” There’s a level of protection and pride that links the badges together like a bloodline. “When you get into a scuffle, you know that someone else is in route and is going to be there shortly,” Zinn said. “A lot of the guys here are very good about backing up and aren’t afraid to get hands on when they need to.” As a trooper, Dancy’s experience is less about backup and more about training. Her patrol car takes her out to the far rims of the

►► Liere Dancy

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county. In a pinch, it could be awhile before her backup arrives. However, MPD officers, deputies and other troopers have stopped to assist her. Even outside of the troopers, Dancy said all the Saline County agencies work well together. “We have a pretty good relationship,” Dancy said. “We joke around, but if push came to shove, they’d be right there to back me up.” Even though the three officers come from three separate entities, their answers harmonized. Back up. Camaraderie. Family. These words fired throughout the dialogue, as they described their work in the community. Just after her interview, Mullins’ voice came through the telephone receiver. She spoke calmly, but with a note of concern. She had chatted lightheartedly about her life as a woman in law enforcement. But an hour later, she wanted to ensure she hadn’t slandered the men she respected. She hadn’t, of course. “None of the guys have ever treated me like a girl,” she said. “I’ve always been treated as part of the team. It’s just a personal thought. It’s one of the things you kind of worry about though because you’re different.” Zinn carefully tightened her answers around the same concern. “We hear that people respect females more on the streets and are less apt to be hands on and get physical,” she said. “I don’t know if that’s true, but ...”

She paused midsentence. “I’m trying not to offend the guys,” she said. Just as a brother would tug on his sister’s pigtail, but smack the next guy that tried it, Zinn said Shelley Zinn her fellow officers embody the same protective role. In this profession, the law enforcement families keep secrets and protect blood. So much of their work is confidential, and consequently, Mullins explained friendships form easier with those who understand the lifestyle. “You tend to hang with people who understand what it’s like,” Mullins said. “When something bad happens, we kind of cling to each other.” Those in law enforcement know the training, procedures and importance of their role in the community. Zinn explained the drama laced into episodes of “CSI” and “Criminal Minds” doesn’t match her life patrolling the Marshall streets. “That’s not how it’s handled in the real world,” she said. “It would be nice if it was that easy.” Even after 15 years of service, Mullins said some things never come easy. “There are things they teach you in school, but they can’t teach you experience,” Mullins said. “Seeing little kids hurt, or taking little kids out of their homes is just one of the things that rips my heart out. You never get used to that. Never.” But breaking up fights, ticket writing and high speed chasing is the view from the other side of the cell. Beneath the badge and 16


uniform, the public sometimes overlooks the core of protect and serve. “A lot of people see law enforcement officers as a whole, as brutes, maybe,” Mullins said. “But I see us more as peacemakers and problem solvers. That kind of sums up more what I do than going out and busting people.” Dancy too, doesn’t enjoy writing tickets,

it’s just part of her job. As a trooper, she wants passengers to obey the speed limit, wear seatbelts and ultimately, stay safe. “I’m not a robo-cop or anything like that,” Dancy said. “I joke with people during traffic stops. I try to put them at ease. Because I’ve been pulled over once, and my experience was awful. I just want to change everyone’s opinions about cops.”

In HER own words advice to women pursuing law enforcement


you think you want to do it, and you think you’ll be rewarded by it, if you can make it, it’s the best deal going. People either love it, or they hate it. There’s no middle of the road, and you’re certainly not going to get rich doing it. You’ve got to love it. That’s what brings me here every day.

~Chief Deputy Cindi Mullins, Saline County Sheriff’s Department


would encourage them to do ride alongs with numerous departments and figure out where they fit in best. I’m a firm believer that they need to fit in with the department ... The department needs to want them as much as they want to be in that department, and that department (needs) to be ready for females in law enforcement.

~Officer Shelley Zinn, Marshall Police Department


your education first, then when you go into training, do your best. Study. Give it your all. Because it’s going to be hard enough, because people are always looking at you like a woman can’t do (anything). Always prove everybody wrong. Get the respect. Work hard, and don’t take (anything) for granted.

~Trooper Liere Dancy, Missouri State Highway Patrol 17

With quiet footsteps, Vallory Combs IFT OF IME rummages through bags and places donated items onto the retail counter at Village Cellar. In Combs’ 31 years at the thrift store, she’s seen many people come and go, but still maintains a favorite aspect of her position is working with the public. From donors to shoppers and volunteers, Combs has an aptitude for friendship, for learning about anyone who walks through the door, and never turns away those in need. “We help the public in so many ways,” Combs said. “Whatever the need. They’re all different.” Behind the daily practice of a thrift store, Village Cellar has given back. The store has donated items to fire victims, provides residents the opportunity to complete community service hours, as well as volunteer opportunities for youth from Butterfield Youth Services. And Combs helps supervise it all. “Everything that’s donated here supports Butterfield,” she continued. When shoppers make a purchase at Village Cellar, those funds directly benefit Butterfield Youth Services, which has served Missouri children and adolescents with social and emotional problems since 1963. BYS serves 80-85 youth at any given time through clinical, health and educational services. The facility is also home to two intensive care residences and four ranch houses, and provides a full-time school on site, which is an element of the Marshall Public School system. Combs preserves the organization’s mission in all she does — even shying away from questions about herself, an act as routine as organizing bookshelves. “It makes me kind of blush,” she said. She’s adamant in promoting BYS and the services the organization provides. And it’s apparent in the three decades she’s given to the store, she understands that importance. The primary goal at BYS is to return children to their own communities and homes, and children within a 100-mile radius of Marshall are priority. According to the organization’s website, children are not placed for BYS to become their ‘new home.’ Instead, BYS intends to help them acquire the skills and preparedness to return to their own homes as positive and productive family members. Behind the counter at Village Cellar, Combs’ welcomes customers with a real conversation — stacking neat piles of folded jeans in front of her. A 2011 certificate placed on the wall recognizes her 30th year of service, but the nodding of her head and a quiet sigh speak volumes for who she is. “I just do my job.” Village Cellar is located at 29 N. Lafayette Ave. Call 660-886-3802 for more information. ~Sarah Reed


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Jazz Anyone? In keeping with the musi cal traditions of Marshall, Mo., one group has taken their love for rhythm to the next level. Organized by Marshall Cultural Council, the Bob James Jazz Festival features the synchopated sounds of regional and professional musicians while providing an opportunity for local talent to hone their skills. The full-day festival be gins with clinical, classroom sessions for participating local musicians, and crescendoes to a full-scale concert. This year, patrons will feel the energy as Grammy-winning jazz pi anist Bob James takes the stage with Kansas City-based musicians. Class registration ranges from $10-$35, and concert tickets range from $20-$25. Visit www.bob for more information.


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Kansas. “We studied a lot of things I knew Olive Maln o t h i n g ter didn’t start about,” she out to become said, adding, a pilot, but in she always 1977 when her loved school husband, and studying. Don, got his liMarcia Gorrell/Democrat-News “Being able to cense, she depass the mecided to learn enough in case there was an emer- terology is the hardest part of it, but I really loved it. I hadn’t been in school gency. “I was just going to take enough for several years, and I just really aplessons to learn to land the plane, if plied myself .” Although she hasn’t flown as we got in trouble,” she said, “but then I started it, and I really loved it.” many hours as her husband, it is a After the required 40 hours of hobby they’ve enjoyed as a couple. “I think Donnie is proud of me,” training from Marshall instructor Sam Dyer, she got her license in she said. “I said I might try it, and he encouraged me to do it. Then when I March 1978. “I think that was the most fun took a few lessons he encouraged me thing I ever did, was learn to fly,” she to go ahead and get my license too.” They purchased a 1976 four passaid. She also praised Dyer, who still senger Cessna (Archer) in 1981, which they still own today. gives lessons at Marshall’s airport. “We’ve flown it a lot of different “I think he is a good instructor, he never made me nervous at all,” she places,” she said, including vacations said. “I think he was a good man for and golf trips. When road closings during the Flood of 1993 made getboth of us to learn to fly from.” To obtain her license, she had to ting to a Chillicothe tournament difpass written tests, as well as a final ficult, she flew her plane over flying exam from an instructor in instead. By Marcia Gorrell



“My girlfriend up there picked me up, and we played in the golf tournament,” she said. An injury has kept her from flying for a few years, but she hopes to start back again this summer. “I broke my leg, and I wondered if I should do it again,” she said. “But I am back to myself now, so I am going to try to get back in the plane and fly.” Although she will have to get medical clearance to fly again, she said the lack of brute strength shouldn’t keep women from learning to fly. “If you aren’t physically fit, I don’t think you could do it. It’s a hands-feet operation to fly an airplane, and you just have to have some coordination and strength,”

In the 1480s, Leonardo da Vinci made the first studies of aviation, creating more than 100 illustrations of his theories. The Ornithopter flying machine was never created, however, today’s helicopter is based on that concept.

s h e said. “The hardest thing is pulling the plane out of the hanger.” Through the years, they have become very connected to the Marshall Airport and are members of the Marshall Flying Club. They also 22

work f o r Dyer p a r t time, who, in addition to teaching, has a crop-dusting business. “I do Sam’s bookwork and take care of his logbooks when he gives check rides. In the summer, I do all the billing for the spraying,” she said, adding she works a lot more hours in the summer than she does in winter. A retired farmer, Don also helps Dyer by mixing up chemicals for the spray planes. Malter wasn’t ever afraid of flying, because she had been in a small plane with her husband. However, some would-be pilots have to get over their initial fear. The key to flying safely is to not take unnecessary risks. “Generally people that have accidents are people who aren’t responsible enough to make sure weather is something they can fly in, that they have plenty of fuel and that their plane is taken care of,” she said. “You have to be a sensible person to be a pilot. You can’t be careless, and you can’t be a daredevil.” Malter admits it can be expensive to keep up a plane and pay for the necessary plane and pilot checks, but learning to fly is certainly not a decision she regrets. “It’s like, you’re just free as a bird when you’re flying an airplane, and it’s just fun,” she said. “It’s just a fun hobby.”


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