Rosalyn Moberly is another gal worth Preserving

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By Deej Koebbe

Just down the road apiece many thanks are due Preservist Gerri Palmer for her recent beautiful tribute concerning the Frank Pisillo Music Scholarship Fund. 

 This week our “Getting To Know You” segment of the Preserve column features Preservist Rosalyn Moberly.

Rosalyn was born in Blakely, Georgia. Her family moved to Mascotte, Florida, when she was in the second grade.

 She tells us about her school having a “Strawberry Vacation” every year. At that time all the children, even those as young as seven years old, were excused from classes to harvest strawberries, watermelons and vegetables – for no pay.

One year instead of harvesting, Rosalyn spent her time picking up shingles lying on the ground left over after her school’s roof was repaired – for no pay. She stays in contact with her grade 1 to 6 school friends.

Rosalyn graduated from Groveland High School and won a scholarship for Jones Business College but was unable to take advantage of this opportunity due to her need to go to Georgia to be with her  mother, who at that time was caring for her grandparents.

 She spent a year in Blakely, Georgia, then moved to Albany, Georgia, and shared an apartment with a friend while working as a bookkeeper.

Rosalyn went to Albany, Georgia, and worked at Southern Bell as a telephone operator for two and one half years. This was a very interesting and challenging job, hectic most of the time due to her responsibility for tracking many people’s whereabouts and completing emergency calls for members of the Armed Forces on temporary duty.

Rosalyn was also responsible for reuniting family members and also business associates after much searching. She routinely received and reported all the Farmers’-Market reports.

Rosalyn soon met a handsome college student who was to become her husband. He and Rosalyn were married the day before Thanksgiving and they spent their honeymoon in Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania.

Her husband continued his college education while Rosalyn worked as a secretary in a university music department. The young couple soon realized that they needed more money,  so Rosalyn got a job at Hughes Aircraft. Incidentally, Rosalyn and Del Webb (builder of Spruce Creek Preserve) both worked at Hughes.

One day, during working hours, all her coworkers ran to a window in the reception area. They were excited to see the rain coming down – it was a rarity.

While living in Santa Barbara, Rosalyn worked in a university chancellor’s office. She and hubby were there until 1965. They then moved up the coast where her husband taught at California Poly Tech.

While living at Shell Beach, California, Rosalyn spent her time listening to foghorns all day. She bought a sewing machine and taught herself to sew. She also learned to make bread. A lot of her time was spent bird-watching.

Rosalyn became interested and eventually involved in weaving at Concord, New Hampshire. She began weaving in early 1970 and continued until 1978.

This multi-talented artist devised her own pattern to create a beautiful tapestry portraying a tulip. Her woven rugs were exhibited at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst “Living with Crafts” Show and the YWCA in Manchester, New Hampshire.

 She donated a rug and pillows which were sold at auction for fundraisers in Durham, New Hampshire, Public Broadcasting Station and WGBH, Boston Public Broadcasting Station. Her looms for floor rugs are in a museum.

Rosalyn has lived in Georgia, Florida, Pennsylvania, Arizona, California, New Hampshire, Maryland and England. She also says she’s a member of the PHT Society (Putting Husband Through). She herself attended the University of Arizona Santa Barbara College, City College and St. Anselm’s College in New Hampshire.

This on-the-move gal often stayed in youth hostels for very little money. Lodgers performed chores in the morning, socialized in hostels’ community rooms and slept in dormitories, all under the watchful eyes of the hostel keepers, who were like wardens.

Object of the association was to help all, especially young people of limited means, to a greater knowledge, love and care of the countryside, particularly by providing hostels or other simple accommodations for them in their travels and thus to promote their health, rest and education.

Rosalyn’s motto has always been “Not to be so serious,” take life’s unexpected happenings and move along.

One of her teachers in Concord, N. H., had entered a weaving competition. She thought all was lost when the special yarn she had ordered for this project did not arrive. Instead she received the wrong yarn. She decided to use this wrong yarn, and, lo and behold, she won the coveted award in the competition. This teacher’s weaving is now featured in a collection of the Modern Art Museum in New York. This teacher practiced Rosalyn’s motto. She took the unexpected happening and moved along!

Rosalyn is not presently involved in weaving. Her looms are on display in Cotton Hall, Georgia. This museum is most anxious for Rosalyn to get involved in teaching the art of weaving. What a gal. Wow!

From Koebbe’s Kitchen

This is a chilly day chili sauce, let’s make chili salsa on this chili day!

2 cups finely chopped tomatoes

1/3 cup finely chopped green onion

1/4 cup finely chopped fresh parsley

1/4 cup dried oregano

1 clove garlic, minced

2 pounds fresh or canned hot chili peppers seeded and finely chopped

Combine all ingredients in a closed container and chill for several hours.

Enjoy with everything.

Here is but a smidgen of the doin’s out our way:

 Friday, April 24 – Cancer support meeting at 3 p.m. at the Community Center. For information, see Linda Sprague.

Sunday, April 26 – Open House from 1 to 4 p.m. Greeters in the Community Center.

Sunday, April 26 – SCP Military Club Golf Scramble at 8 a.m. Dinner in the Community Center. Sign up on the bulletin board in the Community Center. For information, see Frank Bevacua.

Monday, April 27 – Real Estate Investment Trust, Barndollar Financial Seminar/Workshop. Sandwedge Cafe - breakfast.

Tuesday, April 28 – Jet Set picnic at Rainbow Springs Park. Bring food at 11:30 a.m. Indicate what you will bring, and sign up at the Community Center. Also bring any yard or card games you have. For information, see Sharon.

Tuesday, April 28 – Modification meeting at 1 p.m. at the Community Center.

Thursday, April 30 – Performance Dance first rehearsal at the Community Center. For information, see Babette Sparling.

Newspaper and aluminum recycling every Tuesday morning by On The Level Club members. Please work with these people who give their time and trucks at their personal expense to help the children at Shriners Children’s Hospital in Tampa and help yourselves by saving landfill space. Also, please use recycling bins in the maintenance area for glass and plastic and cardboard, not newspaper or aluminum.

Bingo every Tuesday evening for Preservists and their overnight guests. Cards on sale from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. Games start promptly at 6:30 p.m.

Deej and her husband, Joe, live in Spruce Creek Preserve. To submit news items or announcements leave notices in her library cubby or call her. The Koebbes are listed in the Preserve phone directory