Amy Blackwell Scott, 58, of Moline, passed away Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at Mayo Clinic Hospital, Rochester, Minn. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Saturday, June 28, at Rafferty Funeral Home, 2111 1st St. A, Moline. Visitation will be 4 to 6 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Riverside Cemetery, Moline. Memorials can be made to National Marfan Foundation. Amy was born Dec. 27, 1955, in Moline, the daughter of F. Wayne and Margery (Marr) Blackwell. She married Mark Scott on Dec. 29, 1991, in Rock Island. She graduated from Western Illinois University. Amy was a realtor at the former Blackwell Realty and Ruhl & Ruhl Realtors. She was very artistic and enjoyed creating sculptures. Survivors include her husband, Mark; sisters, Jill (Ralph) Rosato, Los Angeles, Calif., Theresa Blackwell, Fairhope, Ala., and Ann (Tim) Slavin, Morrison; brother, Jeffrey (Liz) Blackwell, Coal Valley; nieces and nephews, Emily, Molly, Elizabeth, Maggie, Stephanie, Jay and Tom. Condolences may be left at RaffertyFunerals.com.
Today is Friday, Aug. 22, the 234th day of 2014. There are 131 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: The ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river. 1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools. 1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning. 1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.