Elaine Scribbins

Elaine Scribbins

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Elaine Elizabeth (Jessen) Scribbins passed away unexpectedly and peacefully at Van Diest Medical Center on September 23, 2020, after a brief confinement. In her final hours she was comforted by the presence of her son Mark and his wife Lynne.

Elaine Jessen, daughter of George (Swede), Jr. and Alice (Fell) Jessen, was born on Feb 4, 1924 in
Everly, Iowa.

he graduated from High School at age 17 and received a one year scholarship at Briar Cliff College,
Sioux City, Iowa. She taught as a one-room school teacher in Everly and as a high school teacher in Hansell, Iowa under the WWII Emergency Act. She found better employment (much better pay and adventure) as a waitress in Colorado Springs, Yellowstone Park, and CBS Studios in Hollywood, where she waited on many radio and movie personalities.

She finally earned her way through college and graduated from Iowa State University in 1947.
Upon graduation she taught high school home economics in Mason City and then went to work for the Iowa State Extension Service in Waverly and then in Ames.

In Ames she met Edward C. Scribbins at a St Cecelia's social gathering. The two were married in the Catholic Church in 1951 by Father Supple.

As a home economics teacher, she taught junior high school in Blairsburg and Webster City for 25 years. In1968 she obtained her Master's Degree (magna cum laude and Phi Kappa Phi) from Iowa State University.

Elaine was active in the Catholic Church, Catholic Daughters, and Eucharistic Ministry. She participated in 4-H as a county fair judge and volunteered for Hospice, Meals on Wheels, and Hamilton County RSVP.

Elaine was energetic, hard-working, determined, and a very opinionated person with a basic "attitude of gratitude" throughout her life. She was adamant about education and is believed to have read almost every book in Kendall Young Library at least once before her library card was revoked by the family last month for leaving too many jelly stains on the pages (she loved her sweets). She sometimes said, "I'm a home economist. I never said I was a housekeeper!"

Everyone she met was special to her and a marvel of God's creation.
She set a "high bar" for herself, her children, and others, but was tolerant of our shared shortcomings. She was an excellent steward of her finances and strongly believed in charitable contributions.

She preached to her children, "Pray to live your life in accordance with God's will." At the end of her life, she hoped for affirmation of her best efforts. She was married to Ed for 58 years until his death in 2009. She felt that couples that pray together stay together.

Given certain sorrows and situations in her youth, she will remain a good model of someone who "picked up the cards that life dealt" and played her best hand. Boasting was not one of her traits but she considered herself a terrific bridge player. When asked if she would be intimated to play bridge with Bill Gates or Warren Buffet, she replied, "not a bit."
A talented cook, her homemade caramel rolls, doughnuts, pancakes, pies, along with her infamous Swiss steak and pan chicken, were outstanding. An impressive seamstress, she was the first woman in Webster City to make and wear a polyester pantsuit (1971). She said that making homemade Barbie Doll clothes was one of the most delightful crafts of her life.

Adages that she handed down included:
"Waste not, want not."
"Those that don't work don't eat."
"You can't do business with an empty wagon."

Elaine was often described as a "merry soul". Prior to her death, after the physician relayed her diagnosis to the family, he said, "but she's happy as a lark in there!"

Elaine Elizabeth (Jessen) Scribbins is survived by:
Her children Michael (Julie) Scribbins, Mark (Lynne) Scribbins, Lynda Scribbins (Michael Bear), Thomas (Kathryn) Scribbins.
Grandchildren include: Joshua and Sarah Scribbins, Joseph (Tara) Scribbins, Matthew Scribbins, Laura (Jason) Bui, Vincent, Philip, and Daniel Scribbins.
Great grandchildren include: Elisha, Edward, and Ezra Scribbins, and Kennedy Bui.
Brother: Gerald (Kay) Jessen.
Elaine was preceded in death by her husband Edward C. Scribbins, parents George (Swede) Jr.
and Alice (Fell) Jessen, brothers Paul Edward Jessen and Ellis (Jim) Jessen, and (sister-in-law
She leaves eleven nieces and nephews.
In one of her last conversations, she said, "Isn't this social distancing great? It keeps everyone safe!"
Due to Covid, no Memorial or Mass is planned at this time. A proper funeral gathering is planned post- Covid. Final interment will eventually be alongside Ed at Iowa Veterans Cemetery in Van Meter. Foster Funeral and Cremation Center is entrusted with the services.

Elaine's predominant choices, if gifts are desired to be given in her memory, are: Food Bank of Iowa, PO Box 1517 Des Moines, Iowa 50305 or the American Red Cross.
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Beth Scoles

Posted at 09:36pm
Dear Mike, Mark Linda and Tom - What a beautiful soul your Mother was! So kind to everyone...especially my Mom who considered her a best friend. I have many fond memories of her, including her trying to teach me to sew!! It never worked, but she was very patient. I also enjoyed playing bridge with her... a very talented player. I know she was very faith filled and her joyful spirit was a delight to all her were lucky enough to know her. May she rest in peace with her loving husband Ed.
Beth Scoles

Colleen Shanno

Posted at 10:06am
Just read the ‘In Tribute Elaine Scribbins’ article in the DFJ. Thank you Scribbins family for sharing her story. She has left a mark in your lives and many others. She was a devoted member of St Thomas Aquinas Church and always shared her warm and beautiful smile every Sunday. Sympathy and prayers for your loss and heaven’s gain. Colleen Shannon

Lori Berglund

Posted at 08:11pm
My mom, Monica Nilles, was so sad to hear of Elaine's passing. They played bridge together every month for probably more than 50 years and that's the first thing Mom commented on: "She was such a good player, and she had so much patience for all of us dummies she played with!" Mom recalled. Perhaps that patience came from the Rosary, which the club always prayed together before they sat down to play. I can also attest that 'Mrs Scribbins' had an equal amount of patience for her sewing students at the Lincoln Building. The last time I saw Elaine she was slowing making her way up to Communion at St. Thomas. She was a tall woman, and she moving so slowly at this point, I think the whole congregation was praying for her with every shaky step. That was determination and strength of spirit to go up to Communion on her own. She is now before the Lord, sure-footed and with a grateful and graceful spirit. - Lori (Nilles) Berglund

Sue McCoy

Posted at 04:28pm
So very sorry to hear of your Moms passing. So many attributes, I will always remember her for the way in which she would listen and make you feel so important. Loved when she would play the piano for our sing alongs. Superb cook, amazing seamstress, incredible spirituality in how treated everyone no matter of intelligence or financial means.
God speed Mrs. S. Heaven gained a beautiful soul.

Sandy Butler Posted at 12:32pm

I still enjoy my love for sewing and cooking due to her teaching. I'm so sorry to Mrs. Scribbins' family. I only spoke to her once since moving back to Iowa...she didn't seem to remember me but that's ok because I sure remember her. Much sympathy and love. Sandy (Gibbs) Butler

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