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Joanne S. Scott

AGE: 81 • Coumbia, MD

Joanne S. Scott, of Columbia, MD, died peacefully at her Brighton Gardens home on July 30, 2016. She was 81.

Joanne was born January 8, 1935, the eldest of three daughters of Cecil H. Staub and Mary B. Staub. She grew up in Niagara Falls, NY, in a tight-knit community that was also home to many of her aunts, uncles, and cousins. She was raised in the Lutheran Church, and her strong faith remained a constant source of strength throughout her life.

Joanne attended LaSalle High School in Niagara Falls, where at age seventeen she met a bright young man named Richard Scott. Their romance would last the next sixty years. Following her graduation in 1952, Joanne worked for several years as a secretary and stenographer at Bell Aircraft Corporation and the Hooker Chemical Company. In 1955 she and Dick were married and settled in Ithaca, NY, where Dick was completing his engineering degree and the Air Force ROTC program at Cornell University. The following year Dick accepted a position with the DuPont Company, and the young couple moved to Newark, Delaware, in what would be the first of many moves. Between the Air Force and DuPont, Joanne and Dick lived in fourteen different places during their first ten years of marriage. Their first child, Eric, was born in 1957, and a daughter, Susan, followed just fourteen months later while Dick was deployed to the Canadian arctic. A second son, Curtis, was born in 1963, and their youngest, Michael, in 1967. The moves continued—to Circleville, Ohio; Clinton, Iowa; and finally, Newark, Delaware, where they lived from 1973 until Dick's death in 2010.

Throughout these years, Joanne volunteered her time with the Newark Symphony Society and the Welcome Wagon. She and Dick were founding members of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, where Joanne served for many years as president of the Altar Guild. Beginning in the early 1980s she trained as a volunteer grief counselor at Christiana Hospital, providing comfort to patients and their families. Following her father's death in 1985, Joanne helped her mother establish a new home in Newark, providing increasing levels of care as her mother's health and independence declined.

Joanne was an avid reader, especially on topics dealing with science and medicine, and she had an amazing memory for small details or things she had learned. Years after her secretarial days were over, her children would be mystified by Christmas lists written in shorthand. She fostered in her children a curiosity and deep appreciation for animals and nature, and no animals were more precious to her than her beloved Scottish terriers. She was a self-educated collector of antiques, especially colored glassware of the Depression era, and prided herself on never spending more than a few dollars on any item.

A devoted wife, mother, aunt, and grandmother, Joanne will be remembered for her generosity, empathy, friendliness, hospitality, sense of fairness, and respect for others. Her fondness for practical jokes led her grandchildren to nickname her "the teasing grandma." She is survived by her four children, Dr. Eric W. Scott and his wife Jennifer of Gainesville, Florida; Susan Scott Ashman and her husband Robert of Laurel, Maryland; Curtis R. Scott and his wife Diane Gottardi of Pennington, New Jersey; and Michael B. Scott of Charlottesville, Virginia; her sisters Alice Jones and husband James of Round Rock, Texas, and Margaret Odrzywolski and husband Joseph of Clayton, California; a sister-in-law, Amy Grieger, of Novi, Michigan; and ten grandchildren.

The family wishes to thank the many friends who have offered their prayers and support during this time. A memorial service will be held at 2 pm on Saturday, August 6, at Christ Memorial Presbyterian Church, 6410 Amherst Avenue, Columbia, MD 21046, followed by a reception in the church's Fellowship Hall. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Our Redeemer Lutheran Church Memorial Fund, 10 Johnson Road, Newark, DE 19713; or to

MASTER: MidAtlantic Scottish Terrier Education and Rescue, c/o Jeanne Lishia, 2110 Ednor Rd., Silver Spring, MD 20905.
Published in The News Journal on Aug. 5, 2016
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