Unfortunately, Bessie Mell (1855-1894) died at age 39, just a few years after establishing the home, and her supporters immediately renamed the industrial home (whose work went on for at least a dozen more years) in her honor. To understand the success of the Industrial Home and the support it received from the community, it is important to know about Bessie Rutherford Mell’s family. She came from a very prominent Athenian Confederate family, many of whom were devoted to ideals of public service (as they understood it). Two of Bessie’s maternal uncles—Howell Cobb and T.R.R. Cobb—were Confederate generals, and her two sisters, Mildred Rutherford and Mary Ann Lipscomb, both served terms as Principal of the Lucy Cobb Institute, Athens’ prestigious girls’ school, from which all three sisters graduated and where the Confederacy was regularly remembered and celebrated. Mildred Rutherford and Mary Ann Lipscomb were also involved with the Athens Women’s Club and multiple other reform and charitable organizations. Mildred “Miss Millie” Rutherford held leadership positions within the United Daughters of the Confederacy (including Historian), and volunteered with other local women’s organizations, including the YMCA and Bessie Mell Industrial Home. The three Rutherford sisters—Mildred, Mary Ann, and Bessie—grew up on UGA Campus (where their father ,Williams Rutherford, was a math professor) surrounded by local business, political, and intellectual leaders. The former Rutherford House, now called the Treanor House, sits at 1234 S. Lumpkin Street and serves as the office of UGA’s Vice President for Public Service and Outreach. The United Daughters of the Confederacy commemorated Millie’s birthplace with a plaque in 1936, and that monument still stands on UGA Campus.