Myrtle Scott, who taught piano to young people after school Mondays through Fridays and on Saturday mornings, and who was active in most aspects of her husband's ministry, died Nov. 5. She was 98.
"She was the first lady of New Bethlehem Church," her family said in a statement. "She was a priceless asset to her husband throughout their 57 years of marriage."
Myrtle Scott inspired others by her devotion to her faith, as expressed in the music she loved. Her favorite religious composition was the stirring "Hallelujah Chorus" from Handel's "Messiah," with its use of Scripture.
She was born in Richmond to Stewart and Ila V. Anderson. She attended schools there, graduating from Armstrong High School.
Myrtle went on to Virginia Union University, where she met her future husband. They married on June 24, 1936.
Her husband became the pastor of Second Baptist Church, in South Richmond, where Myrtle directed the choir.
In October 1942, Rev. Scott received a call from New Bethlehem Church in Philadelphia, urging him to come to Philly. He accepted, and the couple relocated.
Myrtle continued her music studies at the Conservatory of Music and sang on the church choir. She served as assistant minister of music, director of the Inspirational Chorus, and director of the church day-care center.
"Myrtle moved quietly and unassumingly throughout the church, winning the love of the people through her sweet smile and pleasant disposition," her family wrote in its statement.
She was a member of the Queen Esther Auxiliary of the Eastern Star.
Her husband died in 1993. She is survived by a daughter, Ila Grace, and a brother, Stewart Anderson. She was predeceased by a daughter, Janice Christine; a brother, Eugene Anderson, and a sister, Ila Greene.
Services were Saturday.