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24 August 2017

There were 11 kids in my mother's family, but one died at age 4 long before my mother was born, so we always just talk about there being 10 kids.  My mother is #8.  At some point, as the siblings began to die off, my aunt Barb started a poem for which she would add a verse whenever someone died.  It occurs to me that sooner or later, I will be writing the last verse.  I want to remember where I put this, so this is "The Tribe"

"Big Chief"
Stuart C. Scott
Born: Waterloo, Iowa, 1877
Died: Inverness, California,  1958

Little "No. 1" Squaw
Lucy Grace Kirkpatrick
Born: Santa Rosa, California, 1879
Died: San Rafael, California, 1960

Ten Little Indians
All Doing Fine
"Sam" lost her head
And then there were nine

Melva Marion Scott
Born: Crockett, CA, 1900
Died: Placerville, CA, 1969
Brain Tumor
Nine Little Indians
Out on a date
Jim couldn't breathe
And then there were eight
James Stuart Scott
Born: Stockton, CA, 1905
Died: Reno, Nevada, 1976
Eight Little Indians
searching for Heaven
Marge found it first
And then there were seven
Marjorie Olivia Scott
Born: Stockton, CA, 1917
Died: Carmichael, CA, 1980
Lung Cancer
Seven Little Indians
one in a fix
Betsy couldn't eat
And then there were six
Elizabeth Grace Scott
Born: Stockton, CA, 1915
Died: Santa Rosa, CA, 1981
Esophageal Cancer
Six Little Indians
well and alive
Jean drifted off
And then there were five
Jeanette Clara Scott
Born: Brentwood, CA, 1901
Died: Oroville, CA, 1984
Five Little Indians
Adding up the score
Paul got subtracted
And then there were four
Paul Allen Scott
Born: Valley Springs, CA 1921
Died: Richmond, CA, 1985
Liver Cancer
Four Little Indians
Up in a tree
Scotty flew away
And then there were three
Roger Lovell Scott
Born: Stockton, CA, 1914
Died:  Portland, OR, 1993
Lung Cancer
Three Little Indians
wondering what to do
color Marie gone
And then there were two
Marie Lorraine Scott
Born:  Stockton, CA 1910
Died:  Oroville, CA 1999
Two Little Indians
tanning in the sun
Barb said, "I'm burned"
And then there was one
Barbara Beverly Scott
Born: Valley Springs, CA, 1923
Died: Sacramento, CA, 2008
One Little Indian
not having any fun
Wait for me, cried _____
And then there were none

Written by Barbara O'Donnell

the last two Indians, before Barb was moved
to an Alzheimers facility

I will someday have to fill in that blank, but not yet.

I'm glad my cousin was able to find this for me.  I would hate to lose it.


The only photo ever taken of the WHOLE famly

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