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Margaret Penix Scott

Wilmington, Del.

Margaret Penix Scott (Muff) of Wilmington, Delaware passed away on Thursday, October 20, 2016.

She was born in Farmers, Kentucky, the daughter of Ann Young Penix and Benjamin Franklin Penix. She grew up in Kentucky, graduated from the University of Kentucky and received a Masters in Education from the University of Kentucky at the age of 20.

She met her husband, Robert Bates Scott, Sr., while working on the Manhattan Project at the University of Chicago. After their marriage they continued their work in Oak Ridge, TN. At the end of the war they returned to the Chicago area where her husband completed his PhD at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Subsequently they moved to Wilmington, DE, St. Simons Island, GA and back to Wilmington where they remained.

In each of these locations Mrs. Scott was actively involved in community activities and charitable organizations, social groups, women's groups, garden clubs and the Episcopal church. In Evanston she was president of a wives of graduate students group. In Kennett Square, PA she was involved with the United Fund and Cub Scouts. In St. Simons Island she was both a Cub Scout and Girl Scout leader, member and president of the Casina Garden Club, president of the PTA, member of the Altar Guild of Christ Church Frederica and member of the Library Board. In Wilmington, she was associated with the Wilmington Flower Market, Lenten lunches at SAAMS, the Cathedral Choir School of Delaware, the National Cathedral Association of Delaware, the P.E.O. Sisterhood, Wilmington Friends School, Wilmington Garden Day, and a very active board member of St. Michael's School and Nursery. As a member of Christ Church Christiana Hundred she served as a the head of the Women of Christ Church, member of the Altar Guild, the Green Show Committee, Tuesday Prayer Group, St. Juliana's Guild, Sunday School teacher, Chairman of the Diocesan Christian Relation Committee, and Chairman of the Presiding Bishop's Fund for World Relief.

She is survived by her son Robert Bates Scott, Jr. and his wife Kathy; her daughter Ann Scott Black and her husband Steve; her son Thomas Stanley and his wife Betsy; her grandchildren Robert Bates Scott, III, Julie Ann Scott, Joshua Cranston Black, Clarissa Ann Black, Clayton Douglass Scott, Alexander Young Scott and Matthew R. Tucker; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

A memorial service will be held at Christ Church Christiana Hundred in Wilmington, DE on November 13 at 1:30PM. Interment will be private in Morehead, Kentucky.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a memorial gift to the Robert B. and Margaret P. Scott Fund at St. Michael's School and Nursery, 701 North Walnut Street, Wilmington, DE 19801, or Wilmington Friends School,

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Published in The News Journal from Oct. 23 to Oct. 25, 2016
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