Family seeks home for jewelry, art

GODFREY — Traveling was a passion for Mary Lucille “Mary Lu” McManus.

The Alton native, who taught for years at South Roxana, brought back more than memories from her many trips that included teaching in China.

McManus died Nov. 14, 2021. This week, her children arranged for Red Barn Estate Sales of Edwardsville to hold a sale of her art, jewelry and one-of-a-kind items at her former home in Godfrey. Details of the sale scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday can be found on the firm’s Facebook page.

Elizabeth Meyer, McManus’ daughter, said her mother loves to travel, taking her and her brother, Jonathan Seibold, all over the world. She said her mother loved nature, whether it was hiking, canoeing, kayaking or camping with her family and friends.

“She made sure we saw the world,” Meyer said.

A graduate of Alton High School, McManus attended Western Illinois University before earning a bachelor’s degree from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. For years she taught sixth grade English and math at South Roxana schools. After retiring, her love of education brought her to Chongqing, China, where she taught English for six months.

Meyer said McManus will make sure her children are aware of the different environments around the world, whether across different cultures or religions.

“Even though we were raised Catholics, we knew everyone had their own way of seeing things,” she said. “Be respectful, listen and be observant.”

McManus was always embarking on a new adventure. She joined the New Horizons Band in Godfrey, playing alto saxophone to encompass her love of music. She was a member of the band until her death.

“She always wanted to learn the saxophone,” Meyer said. “She’s really enjoyed it for her last 20 years.”

McManus was also known for her artwork, whether it was fabrics, jewelry designs, embroidery, drawing, painting, knitting or crocheting. Her creativity centered around her daily walks, meditation and yoga.

Meyer said the artwork will only be available at the estate’s sale on Wednesday, August 24.

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