In early 1997, The Memory Box Artists Program came alive because of a generous idea from Rosemary Armesto. This program allows artist and crafters to use their creativity to benefit others by creating hand-crafted Memory Boxes to be given by Hospital bereavement counselors and nurses to the families of newborn infants who die in the hospital or are stillborn. To learn more about this program and their history,go to their website: MEMORY BOX PROGRAM

In March 2001, Our membership voted to pursue the Memory Box Program and work with Marie Gemmil, the co-ordinator at the time. Members volunteered to teach classes for the program. We had a skit and painted them at retreat one year.
Since December 2007, we have been able to have classes The first Tuesday of every month through the grace and generosity of the Lindell Bank & Trust Co. 5500 Mexico Road, St.Peters who allowed us to use one of their board rooms at the bank.
By August 2009 the chapter has painted and donated over 5000 memory boxes to hospitals participating in the program. Members have also donated cash to purchase more memory boxes and pay for shipping. Thanks to so many who have individually or in small groups donated their time and money to keep us a viable part of the program. To read some of the testimonials CLICK HERE.

If you wish to help our Chapter. We welcome any donations. All the money will be used to buy paper mache boxes and help us with the mailing cost. Please make your check or Money order out to:
Gateway Decoratives Artists
and send it to:

Donna Wessel, treasurer
GDA- Memory Box Program
9765 Lilly Jean Drive
St.Louis, Mo 63134

Click on the link below to see all the photos.


Memory Box Paint-in
May , 2017
Mary Jo Kumer- Teacher

Memory Box Paint-in
April 05, 2017
Donna Wessel- Teacher

Memory Box Paint-in
March 01, 2016
Barb Ogden- Teacher

Memory Box Paint-in
February , 2017
Barb Ogden- Teacher

Memory Box Paint-in
January , 2017
- Teacher


Memory Box Paint-in 2009
Memory Box Paint-in 2010
Memory Box Paint-in 2011
Memory Box Paint-In 2012
Memory Box Paint-IN 2013

Memory Box Paint-In 2014
Memory Box Paint-In 2015