Artist turns to housecleaning to pay the bills


Noted singer and silk clothing designer Marcella Rose Ruikis of Talent was forced to turn to housecleaning work to avoid foreclosure of her house.

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Noted singer and silk clothing designer Marcella Rose Ruikis of Talent was forced to turn to housecleaning work to avoid foreclosure of her house.

The change in career is “certainly not as fun as art, but I feel empowered by it,” says her message on Facebook, which notes she’s an “efficient and trustworthy” housecleaner. “I’m not going to let this take me down. We’re trying so hard every day. I can’t imagine it will stay this bad.”

Before they moved to the valley in 1997, she and her husband, Jonas Ruikis, 48, were clearing six figures as Jonas worked as a systems engineer with Northrop Grumman and NASA in California, she says. He worked with Sky Research in Ashland, but, since the economy imploded a few years ago, has been looking for work.

Read more at the Daily Tidings.

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