Friday, November 4, 2016

Day Four: Writing Their Story After They're Gone

Day 4: Write an obituary for an ancestor. Be sure to include information about any surviving ancestors, the deceased’s occupation, and his age at death. Use contemporary obituaries as a guide.

Today's challenge gives me the opportunity to expand on an obituary, which I wrote almost 8 years ago. For those of you who are my long time readers, this is "Miss Betty's" obit... with corrections and additions in red:



I'll fly away, oh glory
I'll fly away in the morning
When I die, Hallelujah by and by
I'll fly away

Original Obituary

Elizabeth Isbell Steele 
(From The Greenville News...*This was published on her birthday, 12-12-08 )

Elizabeth "Betty" Isbell Steele, of Greenville, S.C. died Wednesday, December 10, 2008. Born in Greenville, she was the daughter of the late John Dean and Elizabeth Ragsdale Isbell. Mrs. Steele was a graduate of Greenville High School as well as an alumna of Converse College. She taught school in Greenville and was Director of Volunteers for Greenville Memorial Hospital, where her father was a longtime member of the Board of Governors. Mrs. Steele lived in Delray Beach, Fla. for more than 35 years, before returning to Greenville in 2002. She was a long time member of the Poinsett Club, the Junior League of the Palm Beaches, and was a founding member of St. Mary's Anglican Church in Delray Beach. She is survived by her daughter, Elizabeth Steele Forman and her husband, Gregory Anthony Forman and granddaughters, Helen Elizabeth Forman and Anne Mills Forman, all of Richmond, Va. She is also survived by her son, Allen Dean Steele of Tampa, Fla. and daughters, Susan Allison Steele and Carly Elizabeth Steele. Graveside services are private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Meals on Wheels or the charity of one's choice. 

Today's

Elizabeth "Betty" Isbell Steele, of Greenville, S.C. died Wednesday, December 10, 2008. Born in Greenville, she was the daughter of the late John Dean and Elizabeth Ragsdale Isbell. Mrs. Steele was a graduate of Greenville High School as well as an alumna of Converse College. She taught school in Greenville and was Director of Volunteers for Greenville Memorial Hospital, where her father was a longtime member of the Board of Governors. Mrs. Steele lived in Delray Beach, Fla. for more than 35 years, before returning to Greenville in 2002. She was a long time member of the Poinsett Club, the Junior League of the Palm Beaches, and was a founding member of St. Mary's Anglican Church in Delray Beach. She is survived by her daughter, Elizabeth Steele Forman and her husband, Gregory Anthony Forman and granddaughters, Helen Elizabeth Forman and Anne Mills Forman, all of Richmond, Va. She is also survived by her son, Allen Dean Steele of Tampa, Fla. and daughters, Susan Allison Steele and Carly Elizabeth Steele. Mrs. Steele's sister, Carolyn Isbell Henderson, also survives her. Graveside services are private, but the family knows how many of her friends consider themselves to be her family. All will receive a warm welcome. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Meals on Wheels or the charity of one's choice. If you want to really remember "Miss Betty," as she is affectionately known to many, then just think of how you might apply her approach to your every day life. Her life was defined by her love for the Lord and His people. Her heart was big and she put her time, her attention, and her money where her heart was. It could be a personal, one-on-one interaction or a donation to a organization that needed help. Each was equally as important to her. She asked the Lord to give her opportunities to give of herself and she followed. She believed in following and she believed in seeking His guidance. 

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