Emma Trower Bell Beatty AllisAugust 25, 2017
Emma Trower Bell Beatty Allis died today, August 25, 2017,one month before her one hundred and tenth birthday. In more than a century she experienced a world of change, from horse and buggy (she and her three sisters went to school in a pony and cart) to the space and computer age. She was born in Birdsnest on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. She grew up riding bareback, playing games with her sisters and cousins. The challenge was to gallop across the field, standing, and jump the fence while falling off. After she was married she returned with her family every year to the Eastern Shore of Virginia. She never lost her Virginia accent.
At 16 she went to Harrisonburg State Teachers College (now James Madison University). After graduating in 1928 she came back to the Eastern Shore to teach school. In 1933 she married Kenneth Bowers Beatty from Cape Charles, Virginia. They traveled all over the country for 2 years on assignment as a part of a team of accountants who were auditing the Federal Reserve and federally chartered banks.
After her husband died in 1978, she married Frederick Ashton Allis in 1990 at the age of 83. They were fortunate to have eleven years together until he died in 2001.
She and her family lived in Upper Montclair, New Jersey for 50 years where she was involved in many civic activities including Girl Scout leader and President of the Montclair Garden Club, where there is now a Till Allis award for horticultural excellence. She was known for her flower arrangements, and at St James Church she taught other Altar Guild members in liturgical design. She studied landscape design at Rutgers and received a landscape design certificate. She volunteered at the Montclair History Center , Van Vleck House, the Montclair Art Museum, and the beautification Committee for the town of Montclair.
She is survived by two daughters, Tilly-Jo Emerson of Morristown NJ and Betsy Boocock Matlack of Bernardsville, NJ., 6 grandchildren, Kenneth, Cathy, and Libby Emerson, Rich, Andrew, and Lindie Sanford, and 11 great grandchildren.
A graveside memorial service will be held at Johnsons Methodist Church Cemetery, Bayside Road, Machipongo, VA. on Sunday, September 3rd at 4:30 p.m. with The Reverend Clarence Bowen officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to The Montclair History Center, 108 Orange Road, Montclair, New Jersey 07042
Online condolences may be sent to the family at foxandjamesfh.com Arrangements by Fox & James Funeral Home, Eastville, VA.