Ernestine F. Scull, age 101, a resident of Windsor Park in Carol Stream, passed away April 21, 2020. She was born March 9, 1919 in Friendship, Tennessee to Benjamin & Lora Hall.
Ernestine graduated from the University of Tennessee. She taught elementary school in Memphis, Tennessee as well as in Wheaton, Illinois. After she retired, Ernestine traveled to Israel, Europe and Hawaii; spending time with her grandchildren and leading Bible studies.
She is survived by her daughter, Carmen (Richard) Samples-Walls of Geneva, IL; two sons, Randall Robertson of Manila, Philippines, and Earl Miller Robertson of Brighton, CO; her step children Phil (late Sharon) Scull and Joan (Kent) Cooper; and many grandchildren & great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her first husband Earl who died in 1985; her second husband, Edward Scull, who died in 2004; her two sisters Elizabeth (late Frank) Blalock and Madeline (late Bud) Pritchett.
A private burial was held at Chapel Hill Gardens West in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois
Family and friends may sign a guest book at hultgrenfh.com. For more information, please call Hultgren Funeral Home at 630-668-0027.
The Happy Day Express
A Tribute to Ernestine Scull
by Carmine Samples-Walls
The Lord whispered to my mom to join Him on the Happy Day Express.
As the wheels churned and rattled down the tracks, the rhythm of the wheels continued to ask: “What was the measure of your success, Ernestine? Was it power, money, status, or pleasure?”
No, mom had responded to me throughout my life ― success is being connected to Jesus Christ and allowing Him to complete her being.
Throughout her years, mom radiated Jesus Christ’s love, experiencing joy in her soul, and contentment in her life.
Not only did she measure success in her restored relationship with Jesus Christ, but also my memory was flooded with pockets and tidbits of a richly Godly heritage, and how the Lord guided us through the years.
From childhood, Mom taught Child Evangelism, children’s choruses such as the “Happy Day Express” as well as scripture verses.
When Randy was a young boy, he experienced leg perthes which is the decaying of the ball in the hip joint. Randy was in traction for several weeks. Then he stated to Mom, “It is going to snow today because I am going to get crutches.”
How gracious of God to grant Randy’s request. It snowed in Memphis where we were living that day. Mom was delighted. Miller, my easy-going brother, has the most of mother’s jolly personality. Mother was an excellent cook and baker. her fried chicken, homemade rolls, and fudge cakes brought her instant fame to our eyes. To have a mom as a mighty prayer warrior has provided love, encouragement and faith transformed into action! So many answers to prayers as well as miracles have taken place. Mom would always tell me when a harsh challenge would raise it’s ugly head, “It may be Friday Carmine, but Sunday is coming. Remember our hope is in Jesus Christ.”
Ed Scull and mom married, and they shared so many adventures together.
At the core of their relationship lay three aspects: faith, family, and friends.
They had the privilege of enjoying grandchildren, many glorious weddings, and the thrill of great-grandchildren.
Mom loved Tom (Todd & Joel’s father) deceased now, my deceased husband Jim, and my husband Rick. Mom appreciated Rick’s love, stories, and bantering with her.
Down through the years, mother has been able to dance through the puddles and storms.
When harsh adversity struck a mighty blow, mother would seek the Lord through His Word and prayer. Yet to the world, she could walk on the light side of life in her jovial manner dancing in her conversation with a radiant smile and a twinkle in her eyes.
Focusing on challenges was not her style, rather hard work, perseverance, and tidbits of praise flowed from her lips.
Daily she would remind me to focus on my tidbits of praise to the Lord, no matter how insignificant they might seem.
No one would ever have an excuse for mental exercises because mom loved to memorize scripture (even in her 90’s), keep track of every penny, and stay abreast of current events.
Her number one goal was to make sure that all three of us serve Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, as well as have an intimate relationship with Him. Mom daily put on the armor of God as well as praying Isaiah 44:3 – “I will pour out my spirit on your offspring and my blessings on your descendants.”
Her great goal and heart’s desire were also for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, so that everyone would definitely join her some day on the Happy Day Express. Of course, the only way to board the train was/is acknowledge your need for Jesus Christ to be your Savior and Lord of your life. John 14:6 Jesus stated, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” What a precious gift available to all of us.
Certainly, mom knew the secrets of success in life, and she has left a mighty mantel of a Godly legacy.
Thank you, mom, for such a Godly heritage that can be the hallmark for generations to come!