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Elizabeth McMillan ("Scoot") Speed, 85, resident of 614 Church St. died March 30, 2006 at NHC Healthcare in Greenwood, SC.
A native of Abbeville and the daughter of the late William Raymond and Elizabeth Faulkner Speed, Miss Speed retired in 1985 from Burlington Industries, Inc. where she had worked as an Executive Secretary and later as a Programmer/Analyst in Greenville, SC She was a lifelong member of Main Street United Methodist Church in Abbeville.
A 1941 graduate of Furman University, she served as a Staff Sergeant in the Women,s Army Corp, attached to the 2nd Army Air Force Headquarters, Intelligence Training Section, in Colorado Springs, Colorado from 1943 through 1945.
"Scoot" returned to Abbeville After retirement and became active in local volunteer work, including serving as secretary for the Abbeville Spring Festival Association, board member of the Abbeville Chamber of Commerce, and board member and treasurer of the Heritage House. She was a former member of the Literary Lantern Book Club and Daffodil Garden Club. A lifetime animal lover, she supported the Tri-County Animal Rescue in Alexis, N.C., assisting with record-keeping and adopting abandoned dogs.
Survivors include her sister, Laura Speed (Mrs. Joseph Clyde) Simmons, three nieces: Laura Simmons Hunter (Mrs. Stephen E.) of Greer, Leslie Simmons Manuel (Mrs. Jesse H., Jr.) of Woodruff, and Elizabeth Speed Simmons of Charlotte; and several cousins, including Bill and Molly Savitz of Abbeville.
Visitation will be held at the Chandler-Jackson Funeral Home from 1:30 until 2:30 PM Sunday, April 2, 2006. Funeral services will be conducted at 3:00 PM Sunday at Main Street United Methodist Church, with burial to follow in Melrose Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Main Street United Methodist Church, PO Box 656, Abbeville, SC 29620; or to Tri-County Animal Rescue, PO Box 483, Alexis, N.C. 28006.
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