Girl Scout Graves

What an excellent service project - adopting and caring for any neglected Girl Scout graves.  It takes research and luck to find them, but they shouldn't be forgotten.

I don't know her story, but this is the grave of Linda Dorsey (1941-1955) of Troop 27. She is buried at Grove Cemetery in Holden, MA.

Remarkably her bronze trefoil marker has survived.

This is the grave of Mildred Amanda "Millie" Western (nee Hales) who was the President of the Pacific Peaks Girl Scout Council. I don't know the exact dates of her tenure,  but I know it covered the mid-1980's.

Mills & Mills Memorial Park

Formerly Olympic Memorial Garden Park

Tumwater, WA

Findagrave.com # 214073662

1926

Grace Ellen Elliott

1995-2009

This screen shot is from the brief news report given on NBC Evening News on 5-16-2014 about a GM recall and those who had reportedly died from the car defect.

She was from Knox, PA

Perry Chapel Cemetery, Pine City, PA

Findagrave.com # 35975823

Girl Scout Contemporary Logo on upper left side of headstone.

June A Gamble

1945-1959

Middleton Presbyterian Church Cemetery

Elwyn, PA

Findagrave.com # 156573883

Sallie Louise Parker

1946-1959

Allegheny County Memorial Park

Allison Park, PA

Findagrave.com # 155260354

(no photo)

Catherine "Kit" Hammett was one of the jewels of Girl Scouting. Best remembered for the "Camping Caravan" when she (and others) drove all across America to teach and encourage Girl Scout leaders to GET OUT THERE. 

Newport Memorial Park Middletown, Rhode Island

Findagrave # 211715717

 

1946 - Girl Scout Leader magazine

Does the "Book of Memory" still exist?

Is it still active?


 Dorothy Marcella Wilke

1910-1925

Oakdale Memorial Gardens

Davenport, IA

Died of septicemia. She was only 14 years old. This news clipping of the bronze Girl Scout marker being added was a full 2 years later. 

FIndagrave.com # 170572974

Sadly - the bronze Girl Scout marker is no longer there

Water John Hoxie was a recognized as a naturalist and ornithologist, Civil War veteran, surveyor, educator. In his spare time he held a girl's nature study group. This group went on to become one of the first two Girl Guides of America patrols in 1912 with his friend Juliette Low. He was the author of the first handbook for the renamed Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. in 1913.

 

Day was the daughter of Hoxie and a well accomplished woman in her own right, including bringing Girl Scouting to Pinellas County, FL. She rests next to her father. Her marker reads: Mary Russell Day, Daughter of Walter J. Hoxie, Founder of Girl Scouting in Pinellas County, "Cappy Day"to all her scouts.

(Info gleaned from a website no longer there)

Findgrave.com # 25661625                                             Findagrave.com # 25661304

I would love a photo and more information on this one:

On the island of Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts there is a kind of historical Girl Scout marker on the gravestone of Doris Hough. Doris , as you all know, was a good friend of Juliette Low's and one of the pioneers of this great organization. I must admit it is kind of eerie to see the trefoil on a gravestone.

 

Submitted by "julietteinsema"

This patch used to be available from the old Suncoast Girl Scout Council

The Trefoil Tombstone Mystery

In Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond Virginia, there is a tombstone with a Girl Scout trefoil on it. The woman buried here was the second Executive Director of the Richmond Girl Scout Council. Her name was Isabel Fuller Matthes.

Isabel had been the daughter of a state senator in Richmond [Edward Fuller, was responsible a bill giving free textbooks to students in public schools]. She had graduated from Vassar College in 1918 with a major in French. She attended Columbia University for graduate work, but did not complete her graduate work.* She returned to Richmond to teach high school at John Marshall High School.  She was an athlete, playing basketball, tennis, and swimming.  At the age of 12, she had saved a man from drowning and was awarded the Carnegie Medal of Bravery.  She swam the Chesapeake Bay with only a rowboat to accompany her at one point in her life.  She was active in social work, playground work, and the local Girl Scout movement.

According to the Roll Call, Vassar College’s alumni newsletter, the first year after graduation in 1918, Isabel taught school full-time, complaining about the unruly students.  The following year, she taught part-time and was learning stenography.  Then in 1921, the Roll Call revealed her new job with the local Girl Scouts in Richmond as the Executive Director.  Isabel wrote how proud she was of her girls marching along in their khaki uniforms, saluting her.  However, she then stated that she was ‘playing the invalid and that she must go away to a dry climate.’ Sadly, it was at this time she at contracted tuberculosis. According the Richmond Dispatch, Girl Scouts grew in numbers under Isabel’s direction during the six months she was Executive Director; nevertheless, due to her illness, she was only able to serve in that position for a few short months. Her health would decline from that day on. She married in 1922 and had a son in 1923. In 1925 at the age of 27 years, Isabel died from tuberculosis.

The Richmond Girl Scout office later would discover an old record of Isabel's mother asking for permission to use the Girl Scout trefoil on her daughter’s tombstone.  She thought other Girl Scouts would like to see it, and to tell the world of Isabel’s devotion to the Girl Scout movement only thirteen years old at the time of her death.

*One part of the mystery, I still have not answered, but suspect is true. Isabel may have been in the group of young women that were recruited by Edith Macy at Columbia University in the early 1920’s. She attended Columbia University after graduating Vassar College, but never finished. Why? Because she became the Executive Director of the Girl Scouts of Richmond. The timing would be right. I’ve tried to research this part of the puzzle without success. It may just have to remain in our imaginations.

Photo of the tombstone & newspaper photo taken one year after Isabel death with Girl Scouts placing wreath on her grave.

Jane Garnett
Roanoke, VA

1925

Findagrave.com # 8335276

Isabel Warren Fuller Matthes

1987-1925

Findagrave.com # 8335276

Juliette Gordon Low

(on the cross)

Founder of Girl Scouts

of the United States.

 

(on the lower area)

Juliette Low

Wife of William W. Low

Daughter of

William W. and Eleanor Kinzie Gordon

 

Born October 31,1860

Died January 17, 1927

At Savannah Georgia

Now Abideth Faith, Hope and Love,

But the Greatest of These is Love.

Sadly, a quick online search shows that the family plot that includes Juliette Low's grave is still in sad condition. My understanding is that it is in control of the family.

 

Efforts - such as patchworkdesign.net's patch (left) - has raised some funds ($11,000 as of 2012) towards raising money to pay for the improvements. They haven't posted any update on the fund raising that I can find.

When I was there, ivy was growing in the grave bed. That doesn't seem to be the case anymore.

Findagrave.com # 5109

Lord & Lady Baden-Powell

 St Peter's Cemetery

Nyeri, Nyeri, Kenya

Findagrave.com # 1271

Oddly, I couldn't find an image of Agnes Baden-Powell's headstone, the original Girl Guide. She was Baden-Powell's sister, who died in 1945.

Original headstone with British Boy Scout & Girl Guide symbols

Current headstone with International Boy Scout & WAGGGS symbols

If you can't make it to Nyeri, Kenya to visit the graves of the founders of Scouting, but you can make it to London, England - perhaps you can visit the memorial there.

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