Mary Ellen Scott Palmore

Mt. Zion Baptist Church Cemetery

      God saw the road was getting rough,

        The hills were hard to climb,

        He gently closed those loving eyes,

        And whispered "Peace be thine,"

        The weary hours, the days of pain,

        The sleepless nights are passed,

        The ever patient worn out frame,

        Has found sweet rest at last.

        Peacefully, on Sunday, February 22, 1998, Mary Ellen Palmore passed at the Greater Southeast Community Hospital in Washington D.C. She was born to Matt and Viola Bell Turner, on February 14, 1916 in Richmond, Virginia, and was reared by Tyler and Ellen Bell, of Powhatan, when her parents passed during her infancy. She was originally married to Leonard Scott and later married to Arthur "Jack" Palmore, both preceded her in death. During her life, she worked diligently at the Saint Francis De Sales Catholic School until her retirement, and enjoyed cooking, fishing, maintaining her garden, spending time with her family and friends, playing pinochle, and speaking her mind ever so vividly.

        Mary Ellen accepted Christ at an early age and was baptized at Mt. Zion Baptist Church of Powhatan, and remained a faithful member.

        Mary Ellen leaves her wonderful legacy to her sister, Gertrude McCurdy, her step daughter, Gwendolyn Booker, her god son George Andre Jackson, her five sisters-in-law, Beatrice Harris, Louise Harris, Willie Sue Bell, Bernice Jones and Bessie Goode, her two brothers-in-law, Mitchell and Roy Palmore, and a wealth of nieces, nephews, grand nieces and nephews, and great grand nieces and nephews.

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