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Dixie Scoville Otis passed away Friday, October 26, 2012 at INOVA Hospital in Alexandria, VA after a long illness. She was 94 years of age and was preceded in death by her husband of 29 years Kenneth C. Otis. Her first marriage to Samuel S. Krafsur ended in divorce. She is survived by four children, four grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
Dixie Elizabeth Scoville was born in Cleveland, Ohio on September 19, 1918 to Alfred Heady Scoville and Jesse Thompson Scoville. Her early years were spent between Cleveland and New York. She then lived in Spain and France until 1938 when she returned to the USA and attended classes at Columbia University. She came to the Washington, D.C. area in 1942.
As a longtime resident of the Moyaone Reserve in southern Prince Georges County, Mrs. Otis was instrumental in getting legislation passed that allowed the National Park Service scenic easements and dominion over the riverfront directly across from Mount Vernon, to preserve the view from Mt. Vernon and the land and wildlife for posterity. Piscataway Park was the end result of this effort. Services are private.
Her remains will be interred at Christ Church in Accokeek, Maryland, November 10. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the World Wildlife Fund or the Humane Society.

Published in The Washington Post from Nov. 6 to Nov. 7, 2012
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