Imogene Aileen Scarbrough, 94, passed away on December 29, 2012.
She was born in Haskell, Ark. on December 28, 1918 to Grover C. and Clara (Allen) Mitchell.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Gilbert Augustus “Doc” Scarbrough; all of her siblings: Marie Westbrook, Otis Mitchell, Polly Breitweiser and Norene Moore; son-in-law, Carroll Lewallen; grand son-in-law, Jon Richard Ewing; and a great granddaughter, Erica Bloom.
She is survived by her daughters, Carol Ann Lewallen and Emaline Stroud and her husband Jerry of Haskell. Three granddaughters, Rhonda Williams and her husband Steve of Heber Springs, Tanya York and her husband Scott and Gina Valentine all of Haskell. Two grandsons, Mitchell Bloom and his wife Ashley of Haskell and Corbin Ewing and his wife Brittany of Jonesboro. Two great grandchildren, Athena Bloom of Benton and Zachery Bloom of Haskell, and two on the way. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews, step-grandchildren, and step-great grandchildren.
She was a life member of Mt. Harmony Missionary Baptist Church, a charter member of the Haskell Suburban Club, and a member of the former Haskell Home Demonstration Club. She was active in the Harmony Grove PTA for 18 years.
Imogene can be described as a “June Cleaver” type of a woman. She could do almost anything she set her mind on doing. Her first job was that of a beautician in Helena, Ark. She married Doc on August 5, 1939 in Haskell and gave up her career for a while. She did work at some of the beauty shops in Benton for a few years. The second job, which we know about, was working at Jones Furniture Company as a seamstress; when they went out of business she worked on the assembly line at Curtis Mathis TV plant, and finally her last employment was with the Arkansas Health Center as a cafeteria worker.
Doc retired from Reynolds about 1978 and she retired from the Arkansas Health Center at the same time. They enjoyed traveling around the good ol'e USA with their travel trailer and almost always took someone with them. If it wasn’t Carol Ann, the grandkids and Lisa going with them, then it was Cullen and Ressie, or Aunt Marie and Uncle Everett, or Aunt Rene and Uncle Ben tagging along for an adventure. The grandkids had a wonderful trip to Florida the year Disney World opened. They also saw Cypress Gardens, Sea World and Silver Springs on that trip. They spent a lot of time camping at Roaring River and Lake Ouachita, just to name a few of the places they visited. In 1977 they went north to Michigan and crossed over into Canada – the first time out of the county for Imogene.
When they were home, Doc and Imogene made wooden items from small candle holders to big pie safes. They always made more than one of each item, after all they had two daughters and three grandkids, numerous other relatives and friends who received the wooden items as gifts. Imogene would look at a picture in a magazine, show it to Doc and he would go out in the garage and build it. Of course she told him how to do it. If it wasn’t right and didn’t look like the picture, he would do it again. Imogene’s job, besides telling Doc how to build the project, was to punch the tin on the cabinets and stain the wood. We have many items in our homes which they made with just a saw, hammer and a great imagination.
While watching TV, a show would feature someplace they had been and Doc would always ask her, “Do you remember seeing that?” After they could not travel any longer they watched a lot of TV, read books and just enjoyed each others’ company. She waited on Doc hand and foot – cooked him 3 meals everyday and never complained. She was a fantastic cook and we are often asked for copies of her recipes. Doc passed away on December 24, 1998. Imogene did some traveling to visit Emaline in Florida, and thanks to Carroll and Carol Ann she was able to stay in her home until her health declined and she had to be placed in a nursing home in 2005.
The family would like to express our sincere appreciation for the Bryant Nursing Home, Grace Health Care which is now Ridgewood Health and Rehab, special caregiver Dannel, and the Arkansas Hospice for their loving care of our Mother.
Visitation will be 9 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, January 2 at Ashby Funeral Home with funeral services beginning at 10:30 a.m. with Bro. Ben Palmer officiating.
Online guestbook: www.ashbyfuneralhome.com.