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Rachel Elizabeth Scott was born in Belmont county, Ohio, October 12th 1847 and passed away at her home in Council Grove, Kansas, January 8, 1927. She was married to B. R. Scott in November 1867. Two children were born to this union, Minnie now Mrs. W. H. Comer and Ernest D. Scott who with the husband and father preceded Mrs. Scott in death There are six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Mr. and Mrs. Scott and their daughter Minnie moved to Council Grove Kansas in November, 1869. They went immediately to the two-roomed log cabin located at the corner of 4th and Elm streets and where the modern home now stands. For fifty years this has been Mrs. Scott’s home and it is not likely any other pioneer in Council Grove occupied one home for that number of years.

This pioneer family arrived in Council Grove the year the South Methodist church was erected and dedicated. They immediately became affiliated with it. For forty-eight years they were active members . After the South church was discontinued Mr. and Mrs. Scott united with the Methodist Episcopal church .

During the years of her activity in the South church she was President of the Woman’s Missionary Society of the Western Conference for thirty years, and was the teacher of the Woman’s Bible class. She was also a member of the choir and was ever ready to lead and assist young people’s societies and every other department of church work.

Aside from her church work she took her place in the social and civic activities of the town and was a member of the W.C.T.U. Benevolent Society, Rebekah Lodge and other organizations. For a number of years she belonged to the T.P.M. Club, the oldest Literary club in Morris County.

Services were held at the home January 10th and conducted by her pastor Rev . E. F. Beauchamp assisted by Rev. W T. Williams who represented the Ministerial Association. Interment was in Greenwood cemetery .

The passing of Mrs. Scott was a grief to the community. She had a wealth of friends and many relatives who mourn her departure. One touching incident was the last service performed by her nephews, who acted as her pall bearers. In life she was an inspiration to them and in death they found comfort in this last act of love and appreciation.

The members of the South church which had been such a big, part of her life were in attendance, and as if symbolical of the life she had entered, placed above her bier a floral tribute, "The Gates Ajar," knowing that "The light of this life having gone out added a new radiance in Eternity.

Her outstanding trait was her sunny disposition Greeting every one with a gracious smile. When sorrow came into her life she was sustained by an unfaltering faith. She was a true friend and kind deeds were never dealt out as acts or charity. Her life was well spent and touched many people. Those who came in contact with her realized that her splendid Christian character made her a woman of priceless value to the community.

Mrs. Scott will be remembered for the ideals for which she stood. These were expressed in her life; not mere words, but deeds, not performed for her own glory but for that of the Father in whom she trusted.

As a reward she has found a
"Beautiful calm, When the course was run,
Beautiful twilight at set of sun;
Beautiful rest. with a life well done" 

A. Friend
Transcribed and Contributed by Christopher Scott

Last Updated:  Sunday, November 06, 2005 23:46:11

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