10 Most Beautiful 2016

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Styled by Harem & Company

Beth Watson Yarbrough, 65



Charity: Mercy Kids, Jane Pitt Pediatric Center—St. Jude Affiliate


For years Beth Yarbrough and herfiancé, Dwayne Holden, were known to throw the best Christmas party around. They would go all out with elaborate decorations, flowing champagne and decadent food. It seemed as if nothing could make it better. Then, in 2011, Yarbrough had the idea to turn the party into a charity event. The results have been wildly successful. In 2015 the event raised $55,000, all of which benefited local children’s charities. One of those charities is the Mercy Kids, Jane Pitt Pediatric Cancer Center, which is an affiliate of St. Jude’s. 

Yarbrough first began working with St. Jude’s in Memphis, where she lived for 40 years, and she wants to help spread the word about the local chapter’s efforts. “It’s kind of new,” she says. “It’s only been around a couple of years, and it’s gaining momentum now. I’m trying to help promote it.” The Springfield office of St. Jude’s serves kids from all around the region, including children from St. Louis, Kansas City, Kansas, and cities in Oklahoma.  

Although Yarbrough is officially retired, it doesn’t mean she is slowing down. She and Holden are currently co-chairs of the Cattle Baron’s Ball, which benefits the American Cancer Society. Yarbrough also sits on the planning committee for Humane Society’s Lucky Paws event. “I love, love, love animals,” she says. “Anything for animals just goes right to my heart.”


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