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Mary Jane (Scott) Sutherland (1958)


Posted By: Pat Hochstetler (email)
Date: 1/10/2009 at 17:40:59

Earlham Library Collection
Earlham Echo

Mary Jane Scott Sutherland, youngest child of Eli and Melissa Scott, was born near Dexter, Iowa, March 11, 1864, and passed from this life on August 28, 1958, at the age of 94 years, five months, and 17 days.

She was educated in the nearby rural schools, and at the Dexter Normal. When a young woman she enrolled in a school for nursing in Indianapolis, Indiana, where she graduated and followed her profession for a number of years.

Her work as nurse was interrupted for a few years in 1905, when she went into the home of a brother, Silas Scott, to care for his motherless children. Later she helped care for two of those children in her home in Dexter.

In 1920 she was married to B. F. Sutherland, and they made their home on a farm near Dexter. In 1944 they came to Earlham, to live with her niece, Mrs. Nierman.

She was preceded in death by all her brothers and sisters, and by her husband. She is survived by one step-daughter, Mrs. Lloyd Clark of Des Moines, three step-grandchildren, and several great grandchildren; also a number of nieces and nephews.

She was a birthright member of the Friends Meeting at Bear Creek, and will rest with others of her family in the cemetery there.

Affectionately known to all as “Aunt Mary”, she was alert and interested in everything about her until her final illness.

Dexter Library Obituary Collection
Dexter, Iowa

Mrs. Mary (Scott) Sutherland passed away at the home of her niece, Mrs. Parthena Scott Nierman at Earlham Thursday at the age of 93 years. She had made her home with her niece after the death of her husband several years ago. She was an R.N. graduating from the school of nursing in Indianapolis.

Funeral services were held at the Bear Creek church, Aug. 28, with interment in the Earlham cemetery. She had lived in and around Dexter about 35 years ago.


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