Scott, Thelma Mae On Saturday, July 27, Thelma Mae Scott passed from this world into life eternal while in the midst of her 83rd year. She was surrounded on all sides by her children, at home, in peace and without pain at the time of her departure. Thelma Mae Cummings was born in 1930 in Kansas City Missouri to Elmer and Veda Mae Cummings, and began her adventures there surrounded by cousins, uncles and aunts, as well as a nearly endless assortment of friends. By 1946 she was working at Woolworth's and soon became a floor trainer for Sales Associates there. In 1950 Thelma married Frank Thomas Scott, an industrious young photographer who had returned from the War in the Pacific. Together they began raising a family. First born was Mark Alan, followed by Linda Rena, both in Kansas City proper. After accepting a promotion to be branch manager for Seidlitz Paint in Dallas, Frank moved the family down to Texas, settling in the Oak Lawn area. A third child, Matthew Thomas, soon followed. Thelma became dedicated to the Church of the Holy Cross Episcopal in the late 1950's, a commitment that was to last the rest of her life. Tremendously giving of her time and energies, Thelma worked diligently for the Altar Guild at Holy Cross for over thirty years, preparing linens and vestments as well as setting up daily and weekly Masses. Her care and concern for her fellow parishioners, as well as her unquestioned love for her family and friends became hallmarks of Thelma's character. She volunteered at her children's schools, worked in the PTA, and became integral to her tight-knit community with her kindness and friendly demeanor. Independence made Thelma stand out in a crowd. She never considered it important to drive, so she commuted by bus long before there was a DART system. She worked for many years as a receptionist at Rinaldi's Salon in Inwood Village, where she greeted thousands of customers with a smile each time they visited. Thelma battled breast cancer in the early 1980's and beat it. For many years she and her daughter Linda ran and walked in various races in the Dallas area to spread awareness of breast cancer, but Thelma always remained humble about her own travails, rarely calling attention to herself. Nonetheless, her children, grandchildren and friends regarded her with a quiet awe and an immense respect for her steadfast nature and remarkable accomplishments. Thelma is survived by her three children, Mark Alan Scott of Denton, and Linda Rena Scott and Matthew Thomas Scott of Dallas, as well as five grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at Church of the Holy Cross Episcopal, 4052 Herschel at Douglas in Dallas on Saturday August 10, at 2:00PM. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the ASPCA or to the
in Thelma's name. Heartfelt thanks to Grace Hospice for helping Thelma through her last months. In addition, the family acknowledges the tremendous importance and care of the Willed Body Program at UT Southwestern Medical School.
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Published in Dallas Morning News on Aug. 4, 2013