Name: MERRITT CECILIE ROSE
Date of Birth: 20 June 1917
Birth Location: St Claire’s Hospital Bunbury, Western Australia
Maiden Name: Scott
Also Known As:
Age at Death: 83 years
Date of Death: 6 July 2000
Death Location: Bunbury, Western Australia
Date of Burial: Unknown as ashes placed into Hurtle’s grave
Denomination: Anglican B
Row/Grave: Row 5 Grave #56
Grave Transcription: No headstone
Father: Cecil Mervyn Scott
Mother: Coral Clifton Rose
Grandparents (father): David Daniel Montague Scott and Annie Eliza Higgins
Grandparents (mother): Samuel Litton Clifton Rose and Sussanah Maria Higgins
Siblings: Clifton Montague Scott
Spouse: Hurtle Hubert Merritt
Lloyd John Merritt
Colin Hubert Merritt
Occupation: Wife, mother, and supporter of her community
Cecilie Rose Scott was born at St Claire’s Hospital Bunbury on 20 June 1917.
Scott. On June 20 at St Claire’s Hospital Bunbury to Mr & Mrs Cecil Scott of Elgin Siding – a daughter. Both well.
Cecilie lived at ‘Quambi’ Elgin with her pioneering parents Cecil (Far) and Coral and brother Cliff. (Mick). She attended Stratham School at an earlier age than usual so as to maintain the enrolments and keep the school open. Then later she went on to Perth Girls College. She was a very social and popular lady and enjoyed the social activities of the Elgin district including social tennis and the Elgin dances as well as being a very committed family member. She was a member of the Younger Set of the CWA.
Cecilie met Hurtle Merritt who was employed by her father Cecil (Far) and a friendship developed. She married Hurtle Hubert Merritt at All Souls Church Stratham on the 22 June 1940, just prior to Hurtle enlisting with the AIF early in WW2 and departing for War service in the middle east.
Miss Cecilie Scott and Mr. Hurtle Merritt. well
known young people of this district. was
solemnised in the Stratham Anglican Church
on Saturday afternoon. The Rev. Boxall. of
Boyanup performed the ceremony.
A reception followed at the Elgin Hall. Elgin.
Their eldest son Lloyd John was born during wartime and their second son Colin Hubert after the war.
After Hurtle returned from war service, Cecilie’s father gave her acreage that was on a separate title on the eastern end of the family farm ‘Quambi’, where they built a house. When her mother Coral died in 1950, the ‘Quambi’ farm was divided into two with her brother Cliff taking the western portion and retaining the farm name ‘Quambi’ and Cecilie and Hurtle took the 250 acres to the east. With these 250 acres they went onto be successful dairy farmers. The couple were enthusiastic square dancers and were keenly involved with the Boyanup State School P & C. Cecilie also had a long association with the Vestry at St Georges Anglican Church Boyanup and later the Mothers Union in Bunbury.
Sadly, Cecilie was widowed in 1955 at the age of 38. She was able to keep her farm with the assistance of her father and nephew Bill (William Clifton) and the kindness of the Elgin community. The two farms were joined again for a time and the dairy cows milked again in one herd. Far & Bill kept this arrangement in place until Lloyd left school and was able to take over the running of Cecilie’s farm. Her mother had died in 1950 leaving Far a widower and he lived with Cecilie until his death in 1965.
When Lloyd and Frankie nee McDougall were married in 1964 Cecilie together with son Colin moved to Constitution St Bunbury.
My great aunt known lovingly as Cissie in my family played an integral part in my family life. When my parents Bill and Ronnie Scott married, she together with Hurtle were a strong support to my mother in her early days of marriage with the busyness of farm and family life. When Hurtle died just one month after I was born, I was a comfort to this young widow. She spent every afternoon sitting in our kitchen often with needlework or knitting on her knee. She was a committed Anglican and sewed the vestry garments for All Souls Anglican Church Stratham. Also, a keen baker, at Christmas she made many Christmas puddings, and they would hang to dry on the veranda and as was the custom then, she would pack them with threepences for us to find. We all wanted a serve of Cissie’s puddings! Later when she lived in Bunbury, we would visit Christmas eve to a table laden with Christmas cooking and treats. A fond memory for all my family. As a young girl I can recall driving around the district with Cissie visiting many people and always a stop at the Capel Cemetery to spend time at her beloved Hurtle’s gravesite.
Cecilie remained a widow living a very independent life, was a wonderful family lady and her presence was warmly welcomed throughout the Elgin district and distant country areas. She had an excellent memory for where the family fitted through generations and was a welcome visitor to many homes.
Cecilie died 6 July 2000 at Bunbury and her ashes have been placed in the ground at Hurtle’s gravesite at the Capel Cemetery, Capel.
Story compiled by Great Niece Jennifer Scott.
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