Margaret Linstroth, whose childhood image still graces boxes of Creamettes macaroni and spaghetti after 60 years, died Sunday, according to the Star Tribune of Minneapolis. She was 89.
She was the daughter of the company's founder and eventually led the family foundation and made charitable contributions to Twin Cities organizations.
The "Creamettes Girl," with big dark eyes and black hair decorated with a bow, grew up to serve as a member of the Creamette Co. board of directors and as a trustee for the family trust. The cartoon image is on the green and yellow boxes of pasta on store shelves today.
Her father, James Williams, bought a Minneapolis macaroni manufacturer in 1908 and began the Creamette name.