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After 30 years, area couple turning in the keys to motel

Monday, March 7, 2005

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Edward and Edna Deere
PORTAGEVILLE - After more than 30 years, a Portageville couple has retired from their motel business.

Edward and Edna Deere purchased the TeRoy motel, located on Highway 61 North, during the summer of 1973. The 18-unit motel, though small by today's standards, gave a needed resting spot for tourists, those stranded on the highway and local industries.

For many years, the Deeres welcomed "snow birds," the tourists trying to escape the northern winter who would make the TeRoy their halfway point between the northern states and the Gulf Coast. Some of these customers, they said, would come back year after year to stay with them.

During the winter snow and ice storms, the motel was a haven for families. It provided a safe and warm place to wait out the winter storm.

As industries expanded in the Portageville area, many times construction workers would return to the motel to stay until their projects were completed. Workers often said the friendly atmosphere of the family-owned business is what drew them to the motel as their lodging choice.

A veteran of World War II, Deere moved to the area 60 years ago to work in the agriculture industry. Mrs. Deere, a retired elementary teacher, worked in the New Madrid R-1 and Portageville school districts.

The Deere's have five children and 10 grandchildren and said they will continue to reside in Portageville.

The TeRoy is now under new ownership and will continue to remain a part of the community.