Sarah Wilson Scott

Scott, Sarah Wilson

Sarah Scott was born in 1892 in Shawneetown, Illinois. She was the daughter of Marshall and Cordelia Wilson. Following the death of her father in 1911, she moved in with an aunt while her mother moved to Champaign, Illinois to find work. In 1912, her and her sister were sent for. She later married Ray Scott and had two children, Erma (Bridgewater) and Ramon. She was lovingly called "Muddy" by her children's friends.

"Muddy" was active in the community and in her church. She worked diligently on the committee to provide equipment for the new Douglass Center, built in 1945. She was a charter member of the local chapter of NCNW. She was an active member of the Willing Workers Club of Bethel A.M.E. Church.

For nearly 50 years, she was a houseworker and maid, and raised both her two children and her grandchildren.

Her desire was to live to be 100 years of age in order to receive a letter from the President of the United States. She missed it by 6 months. She was still proudly living alone at her death.

"Muddy" often admonished others to "be kind to everyone because you never know who you will have to ask to give you a glass of water."