Sequoyah High School
TAHLEQUAH - Elsie (Scott) Hummingbird (Seq. Class of 1947) passed from this life Friday, Jan. 12, 2007, in Stilwell, at 79 years of age. She was born March 29, 1927, to Bob Cumming and Carrie (Alexander) Scott. She was married to Bill Hummingbird on May 15, 1948.
Elsie is preceded in death by her parents, Bob and Carrie Scott; her husband, Bill; four brothers, George, John, Joe, and Dan; two sisters, Nancy Scott and Sally Hogshooter; two sisters-in-law, Julia Scott and Winifred Scott; two grandsons, Jonathan David Hummingbird-Brady and David William Jacob Bird; also included is a very special friend that brought her much happiness, Tom Hitcher Sr.
Survivors include her six children, Jeanne (Hummingbird) and Jim Stone, of Leesburg, Ga.; Bill David and Belinda Hummingbird, of Rolla, Mo.; James Elliott and Mary Hummingbird, of Cherokee, N.C.; Mary Lou (Hummingbird) and David Bird, of Wyandotte; Geneva Lynnett Hummingbird, of Stilwell; and Ann Michele Hummingbird, of Norman; three sisters, Polly Scaper, of Stilwell; Emma Vitty, of Douglasville, Ga.; and Peggy Scott Williamson (Seq.-Soph-'47) , of Tahlequah; a special niece, Rebecca Patton, of Stilwell; nine grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren; and a great host of nieces, nephews, relatives, and loved ones.
Elsie went to Sequoyah Orphan Training School in Tahlequah through the 12th grade, graduating in 1947. She attended Northeastern State University for three years, from August 1978 to May 1981. She accepted the Lord and was baptized at 11 years of age, at Tahlequah First Baptist Church. She became Sunday School Department secretary at the Cherokee Baptist Association for four years, along with her husband Bill, who was director. She was a member of the Senior Citizen’s and Nutrition Center for four years, and chairperson for three years, under the Cookson Hill Foundation, as site council. She wrote a weekly column for the Stilwell Democrat Journal newspaper for several years and ran errands for hometown people.
The Oklahoma Department of Human Services awarded her as Volunteer of the Year. Later, she was the chairperson for SAC council under Sequoyah County Nutrition Program for three years. She was involved with the Eastern Oklahoma District Development, Area Agency of Aging, and Silver Hair Legislature. She served three-year terms and as alternate for a one-year term as state representative for the S.H.L. for Adair and Sequoyah counties. She was awarded a volunteer certificate by the E.O.D.D.
In October of 1997, she joined the Foster Grandparent Program. She worked with Susan Cox for many years. The first year, she worked with pre-kindergarten and kindergarten classes. She was “Granny Hummingbird” to many of the students at Maryetta School. She truly enjoyed her time at Maryetta.
She was dedicated to the power of education and the importance of children. Often she could be seen playing with students and her great-grandchildren. In 2002-’03, she was voted Foster Grandparent of the Year. She was loved deeply by all who knew her and will be dearly missed.
Service will be noon Thursday, Jan. 18, at Reed-Culver Chapel. Burial will follow at Fort Gibson National Cemetery. Arrangements directed by Reed-Culver Funeral Home.
Reed-Culver Funeral Home, 117 W. Delaware, 456-2551.