Scarr, Emma (nee Pearson) (1847-1909)

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by J.W. Taylor

Death has been very busy among us in Beverley. Some who had long served the Church, and others who had looked forward to years of service and increasing usefulness have been called to the higher life. Our Sister Scarr was much beloved by all. She began life 62 years ago in the little village of Weel, and finished her earthly course on Wednesday, October 27th, 1909. 

From early years she was religious. The holy influence of the home of her youth made a lasting impression upon her. Mrs. Scarr lived a strenuous life, religiously and otherwise. How she could pray! With what pathos and power she would give her Christian testimony!

If life be measured by work done and character built up, then our sister outlived many who simply count life by years. She always maintained a high standard of piety, and was incapable of meanness. Outspoken, transparent, yet kindly and tender, no place had such a charm for her as the sanctuary. She often attended not merely at some inconvenience but at personal sacrifice. She was a splendid giver, generosity was part of her religion, and she knew as too few know the meaning of the words, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” Not only the Church, but the poor and afflicted shared in her bounty. She never turned a beggar from her door empty-handed. For 40 years she was very closely associated with Wednesday Market Church. For eight years she gave of her best to an adult Bible class, and many remember her tender interest and anxious care. 

Ample testimony to her sterling worth was given by Revs. F. Rudd, W. Swales, F. Holmes, etc. She leaves behind for a time two daughters, both members and earnest workers in our Church, and to them her simple piety, her loyalty to Christ, and her generous character are a legacy beyond all wealth. She is a much missed woman in the home and Church, very few more so. But our loss is her gain. She is absent from the body, but present with the Lord.


Emma was born abt1847 at Weel, nr. Beverley, Yorkshire, to parents Emanuel Pearson, a farmer of 104 acres (1851) and Ann Wood.

She married William Henry Scarr (1845-1902), a basket maker (1901), in early 1874 in the Beverley Registration District, Yorkshire. Census returns identify two children.

  • Margaret Ann (1875-1934) – a dairy shop assistant (1901); married George Henry Barley, a grocer’s manager (1911), in 1901
  • Florence (b abt1879) – shopkeeper dairy (1911); married Herbert Usher in 1927

Emma died on 27 October 1909 at Beverley, Yorkshire.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1910/742

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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