Elizabeth Barnes Scott, 88, widow of Peter Mitchell Scott Jr. died peacefully at CarolinaEast Medical Center in New Bern on September 24, 2013. All of her children and her dear caregiver, Esther Cooper, were with her as she died. During her last days and hours, her children, grandchildren and many of her close and lifelong friends were able to say good bye to her.
Mrs. Scott was born in Charlottesville Virginia on October 13, 1924. She was the daughter of Bennett H. Barnes and Isabel Robertson Barnes and had four siblings: her brothers Bennett H. Barnes Jr., Lindsay Robertson Barnes and William Barnes who predeceased her, and her twin sister Catherine (Kitty) Barnes Williams who survives her. She is also survived by her sister-in-law Gene Gullatt Barnes. She attended schools in Charlottesville before going to St. Margaret's School in Tappahannock, Virginia from which she graduated high school in 1942. She then attended and graduated from both St. Mary's Junior College in Raleigh in 1944 and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1946 where she was a member of Pi Beta Phi fraternity.
After graduation from UNC she returned to Charlottesville where she met her husband to be, Peter Mitchell Scott, Jr., shortly before he completed his engineering degree requirements at The University of Virginia. They married on November 20, 1948 and moved to a series of states as Mr. Scott began his business career with Ashland Oil Company. They lived in a number of towns around the country, including Ashland, Kentucky; Grayville, Illinois; and Midland, Texas. It was a happy day for Mrs. Scott when Mr. Scott decided to join the family lumber business and move to New Bern where they made their permanent home. While always mindful of her Virginia heritage, Mrs. Scott delighted in being a New Bernian.
The Scotts had five children: Peter Mitchell Scott III (wife Cece), Robertson Barnes Scott (who died in 1999), Isabel Robertson Scott Chason (husband Craig), Margaret Bertram Scott Lynch, and Josephine Burke Scott Dorsett (husband Stuart). There are eight grandchildren: Holly Nogas and Mitchell Scott (wife Cassie), Lindsay and Emily Chason, Bennett and Anna Lynch, and Robertson and Zachary Dorsett. She has three great grandchildren: Andrew, Lucy and Cooper Nogas. With her large extended family she has numerous nieces and nephews, great nieces and great nephews, and cousins with whom she stayed in touch until the end of her days.
Mrs. Scott was an active member of Christ Episcopal Church in New Bern where she was a member of both St. Margaret's and St. Frances' Chapters and a long time volunteer for the church's library, the Altar Guild and other programs. After raising her children to school age and following up on her life long love of books, she chose to return to school. She commuted daily from New Bern to East Carolina University in Greenville until she earned her Masters of Library Science degree. She initially served as a librarian with the New Bern Public Library and then enjoyed a long career as a librarian with the New Bern and Craven County public school systems.
Mrs. Scott was a member of The National Society of Colonial Dames in the State of North Carolina. She was also a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
The family wishes to thank Esther Cooper, Regina Monroe, Carolyn Boggan, Laureli Jenson, caregivers from Home Instead Senior Care and the staff at CarolinaEast Medical Center. They all provided nonstop love and care for Mrs. Scott.
The service for Mrs. Scott will be at Christ Episcopal Church located 320 Pollock Street, New Bern 28560 at 11 AM on Friday September 27. There will be a reception following the service in the Parish Hall of the church. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that a memorial be made in her name to a
or to the Betty and Pete Scott Endowed Fund at Christ Church New Bern (that fund supports Christ Church's library and parish life).
Funeral arrangements are being made by Cotten Funeral Home.