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Edward C. Butts, 85, Susquehanna, PA, passed away Sunday, September 23, 2007, at home after an illness.

He was born in Brandt, PA, the son of the late Nathan and Myrtle (Ramey) Butts.

He was predeceased by six brothers and two sisters.

Edward is survived by his loving wife, Mary Lou (Haynes) Butts; two sons and daughters-in-law, Thomas and Rebecca Butts, Orson, PA, Jeffrey and Mary Butts, Melrose, PA; two daughters and sons-in-law, Linda and Douglas Evans, Hallstead, PA, Geri and Edward Lake, Bainbridge, NY; two stepsons, Howard Butts, Oklahoma City, OK, Daniel Butts, Thompson, PA; one sister, Esther French, Lanesboro, PA; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

He retired from the D & H Railroad after many years of service.

At Edward’s request, there will be no calling hours, but a private memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family.


Rachael Emma (Michael) Price, 99, formerly of Jackson, PA, died September 20, 2007 at the Barnes-Kasson Hospital SNF, Susquehanna. She was the widow of Howard T. Price, who died May 11, 1976.

Born May 31, 1908, in Clarks Summit, PA, Mrs. Price was the daughter of the late Mary Louise Maxey and the late Charles Wellington Michael. She graduated valedictorian from Harford High School in 1926. A graduate of Lackawanna Business School (Scranton), she assisted her husband in his garage business and ran her own antique dealership in Jackson. Her avocations, in which she received numerous awards, included photography and horticulture (particularly, gladiolus).

Rachael was a member of The Methodist Churches of Jackson and South Gibson, the United Methodist Women (WSCS), and The Sunshine Chapter (No. 258) of The Order of the Eastern Star, Thompson, PA.

Surviving Rachael are two sons, Neil N. Price, Jackson, PA and Vass, NC, and Howard C. Price and daughter-in-law Delores, Wendell, NC; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; four step-great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law; brothers-in-law; nieces, and nephews.

She was preceded in death by four brothers, Maxey in 1918, Robert in 1971, Chester in 1998, George in 2001; and daughter-in-law, Margaret Price in 1989.

Friends called at the Hennessey Funeral Home, Susquehanna, on Sunday, September 23, with the funeral following the viewing, Rev. Barbara Doan officiating.

Interment, The Resseguie Cemetery, South Gibson.

Memorial donations may be made to the South Gibson Methodist Church.


Bessie “Betty” F. Hall, 87, Great Bend, PA, passed away September 21, 2007. She is the daughter of the late Floyd A. and Frances Bessie Shearer Bush.

Betty is survived by her loving husband of 66 years, Delbert G. Hall; four children, Ron and Joyce Hall, New Milford, PA, Denny and Charlene Hall, Richmond, VA, Janice Hall, Montrose, PA, Brad and Kim Hall, Great Bend, PA; eleven grandchildren, Brian Hall, Erik Hall, Scott Hall, Nicole Hall, Nellie Gere, Caleb Gere, Elijah Gere, Abram Hall, Nathan Hall, Kelly Hall, and David Janda; two great-grandchildren, Nicholas Hall and Kassandra Hall; several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by one brother, Floyd “Johnny” Bush; one sister, Alice Farnsworth; and one granddaughter, Michelle Hall.

Betty was born in Great Bend, and grew up on her family’s farm on Bush Hill Road. On August 9, 1941 she married her favorite square-dancing partner, Delbert. In 1952, they built their home (the first ranch house in the area) and they have lived there together eve since. She was a member of the United Methodist Community Church in Great Bend. She spent her life taking care of her home and her family. Over the years she enjoyed baking, square dancing, traveling and family gatherings, especially on Christmas Eve. She will be lovingly remembered for her thoughtfulness, her kindness to others, and her great cinnamon rolls and fudge.

Funeral services were held on Monday, September 24 at the United Methodist Community Church in Great Bend. Interment, Riverside Cemetery, Kirkwood, NY.

Arrangements were made by the Tuttle-Yeisley Funeral Home, Hallstead.

Should friends so desire, expressions of sympathy may take the form of a donation to the United Methodist Community Church Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 586, Great Bend, PA 18821.


Ronald E. Scaggs, 68, Oakland, PA, went to live with the Lord on Saturday, September 22, 2007 at the Barnes-Kasson Hospital in Susquehanna after a courageous battle with cancer.

He was predeceased by his first wife, Kathryn Reed Scaggs.

He is survived by his loving wife, Barbara Scaggs; three daughters, Brandie Robbs and companion Mike Hallisey, Susquehanna, Sharon and William McDonald, Montrose, PA, Koreana and Bill Batson, Chipley, FL; one brother, Ray Scaggs; one sister, Gwen Elliot; ten grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; many longtime, loving friends.

He was a longtime employee of the Hallstead Foundry and Phillips Foundry until his illness sent him into early retirement in 2000. He was a loyal and loving husband, father, grandfather and friend and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

The funeral service was held on Monday, September 24 at Hennessey’s Funeral Home, Susquehanna, with Rev. Carl Batzel officiating.

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