Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

`Yes, I'm There' Affton Woman Proud to Be Part of Betty Crocker's New Face

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

`Yes, I'm There' Affton Woman Proud to Be Part of Betty Crocker's New Face

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Sandy Work of Affton thinks she can see a touch of herself in the portrait of the new Betty Crocker, unveiled Tuesday.

"When I looked at her, I said, `Yes, I'm there,' " said Work, 53. And, in fact, she is there. Work is among 75 women whose pictures were digitally merged and then reproduced as a painting of the new Betty Crocker.

That gives Work a 1.3 percent share of the portrait - a bit less than the genetic share a great-great-great-great grandmother has in a newborn.

It's all part of the 75th anniversary of Betty Crocker, who became a generic name for General Mills in 1921 and a generic face in 1936. The latest Betty Crocker is seventh in the line.

They range in appearance from suburban young mother (1986) to New Deal matron (1936), but they all have had in common a bright red outfit.

And in her kitchen Tuesday morning, Work was dressed for the part - red suit, white blouse, pearl accessories "and dishpan hands. I've had those forever."

"I just got back from Channel 2," she said, "and Channel 5 is coming by later, so I wanted to be ready."

So ready was she that most of Tuesday evening's dinner was already made and tucked away in the refrigerator - pickled beets, deviled eggs, slaw, potato salad and homemade lemonade.

The main course? "Barbecued beef," she said, "and I'm stirring it right now."

She got a jump on her busy Tuesday by baking dessert Monday night: "Peach pie, from scratch - but would I not? - plus brownies with icing and a variety of cookies."

Although Work and her husband, Fred, own three cemeteries, she said, "I really live in my kitchen." It's a cheerful place in which to live: half-timbered Tudor decor with stained rough-sawn cedar paneling and a view across the sink to a stable that houses her three horses.

The 14-by-20-foot kitchen has two ovens and a microwave - and if those get overloaded, Work can press into service an oven and microwave in her basement. …

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