When I moved to Saint Louis I learned about everything that defines the city. The food (Imo's pizza, gooey butter cake, toasted ravioli) was a big one, as well as certain individuals. You've got sports figures such as Ozzie Smith, acting talent such as Jon Hamm, and then local celebrities such as Becky Rothman, who just recently passed this Sunday. Becky Rothman was the Queen of Carpets and advertised her family's brand which featured her name--Becky's Carpet and Tile Superstore. I learned of her not too long after I moved to Saint Louis in 2011 and Samii and I went to a little local art show for a date. The artist had all kinds of works, including portraits of Saint Louis celebrities such as Becky.
The last store closed in 2012 but Becky Rothman remained well-known by locals and even if the ads didn't run on television anymore, they now live on Youtube. By all accounts, she was a nice person having served as a foster for Midwest Doberman Rescue of St. Louis as she was passionate about animals and also treated her fellow humans well. She passed from complications relating to renal failure and was 67. She will be missed, but I'm happy we will always have her delightfully silly ads to enjoy.