Mary Scruggs
THISTLEWOOD GRADE SCHOOL
FIRST GRADE TEACHER

Mary Ellen Scruggs, 101 years old, of Mounds died Sunday, Dec. 25, 2005, at the Daystar Care Center in Cairo, Ill.

Miss Scruggs was born on Oct. 21, 1904, in Pulaski County, Ill., to George and Minnie Carlock Scruggs.

For 38 years she taught first grade at the Mounds Thistlewood Grade School.

Miss Scruggs was the oldest member of the First United Methodist Church at Mounds, the United Methodist Women and the Gleaners Sunday school class. She was also a member of the Mounds BP and W Club and Alpha Ki Honorary Teachers Society.

The Funeral was at the Barkett Funeral Home in Mounds with the Rev. F. Jerry Herring officiating. Burial was followed at the Beechwood Cemetery in Mounds.

Miss Scruggs was indeed a very special lady.

Bill Kingery (MTHS Class of 1965) reports that he stopped by the nursing home a few years ago to see her. He said he would never forget that he asked her how old she was and she replied, "A gentleman never asks a lady how old she is." She then told him she was 97.

She will be missed by the hundreds of MTHS graduates she taught during her long life.