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Sally Scott, lover of life and April Fool's Day pranks, left us on April 2, 2014. She was the strongest woman we have ever known.
Tenacious, independent, self-sacrificing, and passionate about nature, music, history, the arts, gardening, and civic engagement. She was a gypsy at heart, and loved to travel and learn about other cultures, once leaving for a tour of China at the age of 77 and shortly after a week-long hospitalization. She traveled the backroads of Mexico, braved an adventure in Russia, and visited Norway, France, and Germany.
Sally adored children, had strong compassion for those in need, and worked tirelessly through the Episcopal Church and other organizations to support those living difficult lives in the US and abroad. She was an ardent environmentalist, an active contributor to land trusts and environmental organizations, and no misguided politician or businessman was safe when she contributed opinion pieces to local newspapers.
Sally was a Depression era girl, born on July 26, 1930, and "waste not, want not" was a fundamental value that guided her throughout her life. She grew up in Anacortes, Washington, the daughter of Warren and Barbara Amerman. The clean salt air of Anacortes and surrounding waters of the San Juan Islands were special places for her, and she annually migrated from her winter residence in Renton to the family home in Anacortes. She graduated from Anacortes High School in 1948 and was crowned Queen of the Mariners Pageant after receiving more than 100,000 votes.
Sally received a degree in Sociology and Psychology from Linfield College in 1952, and married James Bryan Scott in 1953. After caring for their two children, Autumn and Jim, for several years, she returned to her personal interest of helping others by becoming a social worker for the Department of Social and Health Services. Never one to waste a moment, while working full-time and caring for her children, she pursued and received a Master of Social Work from the University of Washington in 1969. She maintained close connections to the School of Social Work throughout the remainder of her career as an Associate Member of the Faculty, and was awarded an Outstanding Practitioner Teaching Award in 1997.
She leaves behind her son, James Bryan Scott, Jr. (Teresa), of Olympia; daughter, Autumn Marie Scott (Charles Easton), of Chimacum; and grandson, Julian Scott, of Olympia. She also leaves behind nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband of fifty years, James Bryan Scott; and her grandson, Skyler Cameron Scott.
Her advice in her final days to her beloved grandson, Julian, and to all of us, was to live deeply. Sally inspired, motivated, and supported many of us - we ask you to join us in celebrating her life at Trinity Episcopal Parish Church, Seattle, at 10:45 a.m. on Sat., June 14th.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Skagit Land Trust, Auburn Youth Resources, the Africa Village Project, or the Guemes Channel Trail.
Published in Skagit Valley Herald Publishing Company on June 13, 2014