IN LOVING MEMORY
Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Some people move our souls to dance. They awaken us to a new understanding with the passing whisper of their wisdom, and make the sky more beautiful to gaze upon. Some people stay in our lives awhile, leave footprints on our hearts, and we are never, ever the same. ~author unknown
Martha Elizabeth Lipsey passed away January 7, 2008 at the age of 44. Martha is the daughter of Spivey and Bradley Lipsey. Martha’s family and her faith were the most important things in her life. She was one of the first EXPRESS Yourself! artists. She had an interest in the arts since she was a young girl. She loved music, the theater, and painting. Another one of Martha’s loves was her cat, Baby. Baby was the subject of one of Martha’s first paintings. Martha said she enjoyed painting because it was a way to express herself.
Tyrone James “T.J.” Bovastro passed away on December 17, 2009. He is the son of the late Tyrone Bovastro and Deborah Carter Bovastro-Montore. Jean Carter, of Pascagoula, Mississippi, is his devoted grandmother. T.J. was an avid sports fan and particularly enjoyed football and tennis. His favorites included the New Orleans Saints and the LSU Tigers. T.J. had a wonderful sense of humor and will be remembered for his funny antics. T.J. enjoyed art because painting and creating helped clear his mind. He earned the nickname “Sir Mix-A Lot” for the beautiful paint colors he mixed.
Larry Mertens passed away on June 19, 2011. He is the son of Mr. & Mrs. Lawrence Mertens. Larry was originally from Downers Grove, Illinois, just outside Chicago and he graduated from Downers Grove South High School. He and his parents were living in Biloxi, MS, when Hurricane Katrina devastated the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The Mertens relocated to north Mississippi after the hurricane but eventually moved back to Illinois. Larry had a passion for baseball, especially his favorite Chicago Cubs team. His specialty was painting animals. His painting of a red bird will always be an EXPRESS Yourself favorite!