Winfield & Margaret Keenan Scott family obits.


Agnes, Helen & Mary Scott:

The obituary of Agnes Scott King (Mrs. Thomas King) 1894-1978:

From "The Scranton Times," Scranton, PA - March 14, 1978

AGNES SCOTT KING (1894-1978)

Agnes M. Scott King, 517 South Main Street, Sebastopol, Jenkins

Township, died this Monday, [March 14, 1978] at Pittston Hospital. She was the wife of Thomas King.

A lifelong resident of Sebastopol [born Oct. 26, 1894], daughter of the late Winfield and Margaret Keenan Scott, she was a member of St. John the Evangelist Church, Pittston.

Also surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Mary Agnes Schmaltz, North Plainfield, N.J.; Mrs. Catherine Gubbiotti, Inkerman; and Mrs. Ann Marie Menta, West Wyoming; a son, Eugene, Inkerman; two sisters, Mrs. Elizabeth C. Conaty, Inkerman; and Mrs. Andrew C. McGowan [Teresa], Avoca; 11 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. [She was preceded in death by a son, Thomas, Jr., and by eight brothers and sisters: Charles, William, John, Helen, Mary, Anna, Margaret, and Winfield Scott].

The funeral will be on Wednesday at 9 a.m. from Frank A. Gubbiotti Funeral Home, 1030 Wyoming Ave., Exeter, with mass at 9:30 a.m. in St. John the Evangelist Church, Pittston. Interment, Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Carverton, PA. Viewing from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.


 The obituary of Helen Scott (1896-1922):

From"The Pittston Gazette, Pittston, PA - October 18, 1922



Had Miss Helen T. Scott, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Winfield Scott, of 25 Welsh Street, Sebastopol, not been called from this life by her Creator, this Christmas day of 1922 would indeed by a merry one in her home. For a younger sister of Miss Helen, Margaret, was recently operated on and is now getting along nicely. The family had everything to be thankful for and, being naturally congenial people, was prepared to celebrate in a manner truly exemplifying the Christian spirit.

We don't wish to make Mrs. Scott's Christmas more sad by dwelling too long on the passing of her twenty-five year of daughter -- anyhow it is doubtful if her heart could be more heavy -- but we don't think we should allow this opportunity to pass without paying tribute to the splendid girl who has just died.

Truly, the good die young. A more Christian spirited girl than Miss Helen has not lived and if she were alive and well today, her happy smile would make Christmas merrier for many.

Human hands could do nothing for her. God Called, and she went, as bravely as she lived. With a smile on her lips and a song in her heart thinking only of her beloved mother, she died. In her last moments, it was not her own place in eternity she was thinking about -- she wanted her mother to have a happy Christmas and begged that dear lady not to feel fad.

Willing to do anything -- even to give her life -- for Helen, Mrs. Scott promised. As result, Christmas day finds her reconciled, consoled in the knowledge that while her daughter lived , she was as true a girl as was ever brought into life.

The girl was remarkable in many ways. For instance, how many of us went through twelve years of school life without missing a day?

Very few indeed, Yet Helen did that, and thought nothing of it. Her brilliance at class, her application at study, her ever displayed desire to do something for a fellow student, combined to inspire more laggard workers to more intensive effort.

In her own school days, she was a popular favorite in the class.

Later, when teaching school in this township, she was beloved by teachers and pupils alike. The latter all were the same to her – all were there to learn and she gave her best effort to everyone. When she became ill, they were sorry. As she showed signs of recovery, they were happy. When they heard she would soon return to her classes, they were doubly glad. But when they learned on Monday morning that she had passed away, they were shocked beyond measure!

Not a few of the youngsters cried and certainly there was not a teacher but felt she lost her dearest friend.

Mothers of youngsters who were proud to have them taught by Miss Scott; who heard them prattle at night about their teacher; who saw them anxious to get to school early, so they could be with her; were deeply grieved. They, more than the children, realized what a void the young woman's death created. They know that teachers may come, and teachers may go but few instructors of Miss Scott's ability and personality can be found nowadays. Having their children's interest at heart, the Jenkins township mothers surely have reason for regret.

With the people of the township, we extend our sympathy to the bereaved family. [Helen Scott - born December 10, 1896 and died in Pittston Hospital, December 19, 1922]

[Special note from her nephew, A. Scott McGowan: I never knew my Aunt Helen -- indeed, she died 18 years before I was born. I know that in the new Millennium, the above characterization is filled with clichés and language that would not be used today. However, this women's love of life, sophistication, her beauty, and her sense of humor was passed on to me and mine over the decades. She truly was missed by her siblings and those of her nieces and nephews who knew her - most of us did not know her except through her spirited personality which we heard from the family. Helen did die too young. That Thanksgiving of 1922 was joyous for her and the family. She had visited her mother's brother, John Keenan, and his family in Boston; she returned engaged to a young Boston man. Just before Christmas, she suffered a ruptured appendix. She did, in fact, die singing a hymn - and, if my recollections are correct, my mother, Teresa Scott McGowan, told me it was "Closer My God, To Thee". So, while the above tribute may seem "schmaltzy" to us all these many years later, I do think that it reflected the real sorrow of that close knit family and community over the loss of an effective, competent, and caring teacher and a much beloved young woman. I do know that my mother, her kid sister, said that that Christmas was the saddest of all. They had now suffered the loss of both Helen and their brother, Thomas, who had died just four years before during the 1918 Flu Epidemic, sadly also in his twenties. Across the street from 25 Welsh Street, Sebastopol, was the home of Helen's grandparents, Thomas and Agnes McGinley Scott - 20 Welsh Street, which the family acquired in 1860. In 1922, her oldest brother, Charles and his wife, Mary, lived with several of their children. My mother told me that my grandmother, Maggie, insisted that Christmas would be celebrated across the street for her grandchildren because that is what Helen wanted.]


Many out-of town people joined with hundreds of Pittston residents in paying tribute to the memory of the late Miss Helen Scott, teacher in the Jenkins Township school, who passed away Monday morning at Pittston hospital.

Surviving are the following brothers and sisters: Charles; William; Mrs. Thomas King [Agnes]; Mary, ; Anna; Margaret; Elizabeth, Teresa; and Winfield, Jr., and by several nieces and nephews. [She was predeceased by a brother, John, who died in the Flu Epidemic of 1918].

The funeral will be held from the family home on Friday morning at 9 o'clock. At 9:30 o'clock, a solemn mass will be held in St. John's R. C. Church and interment will be in St. John's Cemetery, Pittston.


The obituary of Mary E. Scott - 1899-1959:

From "The Scranton Times," Scranton, PA - December 26, 1959


Miss Mary E. Scott, an elementary teacher in the Jenkins Township schools until she became ill nine months ago, died Christmas Day at 4:50 P.M. at her home, 25 Welsh Street, Sebastopol, Jenkins Twp., Pa.

A daughter of the late Winfield and Margaret Keenan Scott [born on March 25, 1899], Miss Scott resided in Sebastopol all her life. She was graduated from St. John's High School, Pittston, and attended West Chester State Teachers College and Marywood College. She taught music for a number of years in the Jenkins Township schools.

Miss Scott was a member of St. John the Evangelist Church, Pittston, and its Blessed Virgin Sodality. She also held membership in the Ladies Auxiliary of John D. Stark Post 542, American Legion, and the Pennsylvania State Education Association.

Surviving are five sisters, Mrs. Thomas King [Agnes], Sebastopol; Misses Anna and Margaret Scott, at home; Mrs. James G. Conaty [Elizabeth], R.N., Newark, N. J.; Mrs. Andrew C. McGowan (Teresa), Avoca; two brothers, Charles Scott, Sebastopol, and Winfield Scott, at home, and several nieces and nephews. [She was predeceased by a sister, Helen, and two brothers, John and William.]

The funeral will be held Tuesday from the Gubbiotti Funeral Home, 1030 Wyoming Ave., Exeter, with mass at St. John the Evangelist Church. Interment, St. John's Cemetery, Pittston. Friends may call tonight from 7 to 10, and tomorrow and Monday from 2 to 4, and 7 to 10 p.m.


PITTSTON, P.A. - the funeral of Miss Mary Scott, 25 Welsh St.,

Sebastopol, was this morning [December 29, 1959] from the Gubbiotti

Funeral Home, 1030 Wyoming Ave., Exeter, with mass celebrated in St. John the Evangelist Church by the Rev. Dr. Edmund J. Langan. The Rev. Mr. Edward Doran was deacon and the Rev. Joseph Flannery, subdeacon.

Pallbearers: Al Ford, John Callahan, Frank Gerosky, and nephews, William Scott, Scott McGowan and Thomas Gubbiotti. Burial, St. John's Cemetery.

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