Preserving Lady Bountiful's Memory
Kitchen 8 is grateful for an on-going relationship with the Kansas Historical Society and the Watkins Community Museum of History. Both entities work to preserve local history, including the memory of Elizabeth Miller Watkins. The Kansas Historical Society's Elizabeth Miller Watkins Legacy Collection includes EMW's will, the trust and other related documents.
KANSAS HISTORICAL SOCIETY'S ELIZABETH MILLER WATKINS LEGACY COLLECTION:
One of Elizabeth's scrapbooks reveals the highest of standards she set for herself. Pasted into the front page is an excerpt from a Methodist hymn "My Creed." Above the following excerpt she wrote, "My Creed, Also":
I will be true for there are those who trust me.
Caring, daring, strong, giving and loving – they describe Elizabeth Miller Watkins perfectly. Through her generous gifts, Mrs. Watkins assisted those who were needy, encouraged those who were most promising, and cared for those who were sick, all the while keeping a close watch over her surrogate children from her front porch. With her daily waves, smiles, and open gates she let them know how closely she held them in her heart.