Madge F. Scobell, 86, of Memphis, Tenn., and formerly of Brazil, died Wednesday, May 28, 2003. She was living with her daughter and son-in-law, Annis and Don Mitchell, in Memphis for the past few years.
She was born Aug. 25, 1916 in Clinton, Ind., the daughter of Roy and Flora France Knox.
She was raised in Clay County, attending Hadley Town School and graduated from Brazil High School. She furthered her education at Columbia University in New York where she received a degree in nursing home administration.
She was the owner of the Stinson Nursing Home in Brazil for many years. She was also Clay County Hospital Administrator for many years.
She was on the Board of Directors of Ivy Tech, president of the Western Indiana Community Action, a board member of the Area 7 Council for the Aged and Disabled and one of the first members of the Christmas in the Park Committees. She also founded the Clay County Heart Beat Festival and she and Father Spicuzza began the Cupboard and Closet fund to assist families in need in Clay County.
She was the 1999 Daniel Harris Award winner for her devotion to the Senior Citizen Center. She wrote the grant which eventually enabled Clay County to have the Senior Center and was on the board of directors.
She was a member of the First Christian Church and enjoyed playing the piano and organ at the Bethel Methodist Church. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Knightsville Chapter.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Robert Knox, and one sister, Beulah Harris.
She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews and a sister-in-law, Dorothy Cooper of Napa, Calif.
Services will be Sunday at 2 p.m. at French Funeral Home with the Rev. Ernie Rush and Brother Greg Comp officiating. Burial will follow at Union Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday from 5 to 9 p.m. and again Sunday prior to services. Eastern Star services will be Saturday at 7 p.m.
Pallbearers will be Sam Raybold, kenny Crabb, Joe Wilson, Bill Sonnefield, Mark Loudermilk and Robert Slack. Honorary pallbearers are Wayne Corbin and Jim Loudermilk.
Light a candle in her memory at www.frenchfuneralhome.com.