December 5, 1921 -- February 21, 2009
Michael “Mike” Elliott, 87, an original member of our Meeting the Muse Section’s panel of judges, died Feb. 21 in Las Vegas following a stroke. He is survived by his wife Ruth and thirty-three members of the family, including children, spouses, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Mike and the former Ruth Aileen Wimmer were married on March 19, 1944. According to Ruth, “Mike tried hard to make it to our 65th anniversary, but just couldn‘t.”
Mike and Ruth were founding members of the Meeting the Muse Chapter of Missouri State Poetry Society. At the time they became affiliated with Amy Kitchener’s Angels Without Wings Foundation, they were a popular couple well-known throughout Ozarks area literary and art circles. They lived in the Kimberling City area of Southwest Missouri, where Mike, a retired businessman, was a popular artist and poet. Ruth Elliott, a retired high school science teacher, was both a non-fiction and fiction writer. She served as president of Springfield Writers‘ Guild chapter of the Missouri Writers’ Guild.
After the Elliotts moved to Mesa, Arizona in 2004, Mike remained active as a judge in various literary contests sponsored by Amy Kitchener‘s Angels Without Wings Foundation, and Ruth pursued creative writing both as teacher and author of a novel based on a friendly visiting angel who helped a group of friends and neighbors put their lives in order. Her book “Help! I’m Trapped in a Human Body” appears in the Book Gallery section of our website. When Mike‘s health took a turn for the worse, they moved to Nevada to live with one of their children.
Michael Elliott contributed photos of his paintings, and a few short poems, to the MTM Chapter’s trio of “Turquoise” anthologies. His “Old Milk Cans” painting, shared here in black-and-white,was featured along with his poem in one of the anthologies. Mike was also the co-creator of a limited-edition privately published art book. “NAGASAKI“ is a poetic memorial to the historic explosion of the atom bomb over Japan by the United States in 1945. It was co-produced by Mike and his brother William I. “Bill” Elliott, world-renowned poet who has lived in Japan for many years. Bill Elliott wrote the poetry which Mike Elliott illustrated. It is a beautiful Work produced for family members only, and is not for sale. However, the exquisite “NAGASAKI” manuscript appears exclusively, in full text with illustrations, on our website in the Book Gallery, and we invite all readers to visit it by clicking this link: Book Gallery