Virginia H. Scotten, 106, church leader

November 16, 1990

Virginia Harry Scotten, who was 106 and active in church and Republican affairs in Bel Air, died of pneumonia Sunday at the Bel Air Convalescent Center.

Services for Mrs. Scotten, who moved from Whiteford to Bel Air in 1960, were held today at the Bel Air United Methodist Church.

A native of Hedgesville, W.Va., the former Virginia Pardew moved to Harford County when her father, a Methodist minister, began working in a circuit of churches there.

Educated at what is now Towson State University, she taught at one-room country schools as a young woman.

At the Bel Air United Methodist Church, she was president of the Ladies Aid Society and what was then the Women's Society for Christian Service, and a Sunday school superintendent. An avid student of the Bible, she read it twice daily.

She was president of a Harford County ecumenical group, Church Women United, and an organizer of the World Day of Prayer program in Harford County.

She also was a long-time Republican Party activist. In celebration of her 100th birthday, the party established an award in her name for outstanding party members. At that time, the Colonial Homemakers Club, which she had started, honored her by taking her name.

In 1980, she was designated a Harford County Living Treasure by the County Council.

Her first husband, William Arthur Harry, a farmer, died in 1941. Her second husband, Hugh J. Scotten, a retired civilian employee of the Aberdeen Proving Ground, died in 1962.

She is survived by a daughter, Robinette West of Pennsville, N.J.; a sister, Emma Rhoden of Ruxton; four grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren, and five great-great-grandchildren.

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