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Evelyn Scott

Evelyn Scott

May 20, 2013

Evelyn Scott
Scott, Evelyn; at Louise Marshall Hospital, Mount Forest on Monday May 20, 2013. Evelyn Dorothea (Nightingale) Scott of Carresant Care Nursing Home, Harriston, formerly of Mount Forest in her 100th year. Beloved wife of the late Bert Scott. Loved mother of Jim Scott and wife Sue of Mississauga and Marjorie Dennis and husband Gord of Whitby. Loving grandmother of Lisa Scammell & husband Steve of Whitby, Scott Dennis & wife Tasha of Oshawa and Shannon Scott of Mississauga. Loving great grandmother of Emma and Adam. Survived also by her nieces, nephews and their families. Predeceased by brothers Craig Nightingale & wife Reta, Art Nightingale & wife Margaret, Victor Nightingale & wife Mildred and infant brother Stanley. Friends may call at the England Funeral Home, Mount Forest on Friday from 11:00am to 12:45p.m. Funeral service will be held at St. Paul 's Anglican Church, Mount Forest on Friday May 24th at 1:00p.m. Interment at Mount Forest Cemetery. Memorial donations to St. Paul 's Anglican Church or to a charity of one 's choice would be appreciated by the family. On line condolences may be made at www.englandfuneralhome.com


What wonderful memories my sister and I have of our 1996 visit with dear Evelyn who passed to us our Nightingale and McGowan family history as it was given to her. It is preserved forever in book form "Up To Rawdon" by Daniel Parkinson. Thank you Evelyn. I know you are with our Lord now.

— Pam Rasmussen, July 2, 2013

Jim and Marjorie: My condolences to you both. Your Mother was a great person and a real lady. She will be missed. I will always remember her as someone who was kind and thoughtful and always interested in what was happening in my life. I can never forget all those years we walked down the highway together Jim, to SS#4 and your mother would greet me at the door as I stopped to pick you up at your house on the way. I too remember her beautiful handwriting. A skill that has been lost in this technology age. As others have said, my Aunt Mable will miss her dearly as her next door roommate in the home. It was wonderful they had those last years together. Each time I go home to Mt. Forest I look at your old farm and remember those school days and your parents and grandmother. It really doesn't seem so long ago. My sincerest sympathies to all your families and Jim, you have my email address now....let's get the Mt. Foresters together and rehash the good old days. Regards, Anna

— anna walton (kirkpatrick), June 5, 2013

My Mom (Ruthie Orchard) was a friend of Evelyn's and when they would see each other they would hold hands and smile and they both knew why they where smiling...seemed like a secret thing, until I connected the dots and understood that they went way back as my mom went out with Evelyns brother....they never married of course but the two girls remaind friends over the years..My Mom is now 93 and in nursing home in Mount Forest...do hope you take this note in the way it was intended...just another memory of a fine lady God Bless judy gerber...married to bill

— judy orchard gerber, June 4, 2013

To Mrs. Scott's family, I am sad to know that Mrs. Scott has passed away. The last time I saw her in Harriston Caressent Care was while my father was there. She looked just like she had as a younger woman but sadly, she did not recognize me when I spoke to her. I hope that her family knows that she was one of the finest teachers. At the time that I had her in grade six at Arthur Township P.S. I was becoming aware of what I personally valued in a teacher and she has always been my model of how respectful of students a teacher should be. She also had the most amazing, spidery handwriting which I aspired to copy. At that time, she had very recently taken a physical education course which she used to instruct us in class. I remember her in skirts and nylons, white socks and running shoes doing really well to teach us various exercises and games. Up to that point, we had not had direct instruction in phys.ed and it was great! My condolences to all who loved her. Wilma (Mather) Koiter

— wilma mather koiter, June 3, 2013

My favourite teacher! Whenever I see excellent handwriting, I think of her!

— Ruth Mather Halford, June 3, 2013

Marjorie,Jim and families Sorry to hear of your Mother's passing. She was my favorite school teacher.

— Edith[McLellan] Fotheringham, May 26, 2013

My depth sympathy to Mrs. Scott's family. I can say she was a great lady not only as a teacher but a neighbour down the road on #6 highway. I also proud to say that she taught 2 generations of my family. My Dad Bert Bradley, Myself, my brother Rob and my sister Verna. She was the best! To her family cherish all the memories you have of her because you know alot of her sudents have memories of her. Thoughts and prayers to you all.

— Ruth {Bradley} Schmidt, May 26, 2013

Dear Jim and Marjorie, my thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Your mom was a very special person. I knew your mom in several different capacities, as a neighbour down the road, as a friend's mom so therefore had several enjoyable play dates and sleep overs at her house. I have many fond memories of your mom when she was my teacher at Kenilworth School. Evelyn was also instrumental in helping me get my teaching position as a kindergarten teacher at Kenilworth so then she became my co-worker. I was never able to call her by her first name, she was always "Mrs. Scott" to me. Later on in her life she became Aunt Mable's next door roommate at the nursing home so I was always able to visit with them together. She will be missed by Aunt Mable for sure. May God be with you at this time.

— Sharon Chambers (Kirkpatrick), May 24, 2013

Dear Evelyn's family... Our lives have been so enriched from having had the opportunity to have met and gotten to know your Mum and Grandma. After she read a lesson at church one day (to which you always listened to with your full attention), I mentioned to her that I wish I could have been your student to which she said 'On a good day!' and then she laughed. And her peanut butter balls...at times we would find a package of them left on our pew especially just for our girls and when our oldest asked if she thought Mrs. Scott would share her recipe, she glady did so her legacy lives on. May you feel the Lord's loving arms around you during this difficult time.

— Sheryl and Bryan Elliston (St. Paul's), May 24, 2013

Jim and Marjorie: Bob and I would like to share in your loss. Even though she told me many times to call her Evelyn, I still always preferred "Mrs. Scott". Having had her for a teacher, calling her Evelyn just doesn't seem correct. She was such a strong, supportive influence on so many people's lives - whether as their teacher, neighbor, or friend. We will all miss her.

— Mary Allen, May 24, 2013

Evelyn Scott, known to many as Mrs. Scott, was a good neighbour, teacher and community supporter. Of course there was another Mrs. Scott at Kenilworth Public School, so all the students got to learn first names of both in order to distinguish them. At the time, first names of teachers seemed off limits to students and although Evelyn maintained a stoic demeanour and carried herself with a straight back she also was so approachable and kind that in later years using that first name felt evenly placed, like a name would be used appropriately for a friend. Evelyn Scott was the grade five teacher every child should have: nurturing, nature curious and scientific, a listener and a beautiful artist; a teacher, who years later would remember the good and the bad spellers, those with messy books and desks and those who could drop a paper in the rain and not soil the page. Perhaps the most incredible aspect in retrospect was Mrs. Scott’s ability to know who a pupil was regardless of grades ; to embrace a room and welcome diversity while nurturing those struggling as well as those blooming as if without effort or loss of anyone’s dignity. In my family’s case Evelyn was a neighbour quite literally with contiguous farm boundaries so some of the fruitful ground for fondness to flourish was her watchful eye on our everyday activity and a few good humoured reports of secrets such as when our dog would steal a pie off the window sill while it was being left to cool. How delightful she had the good natured perspective on our bandit. All the aspects of her stoic character that made her a great neighbour and teacher are the same that left all unsurprised at her support to the broader community through service as a driver to those “elderly” who couldn’t get around on their own. As one who commanded a special position as a mentor to many of the community’s young, Mrs Scott would unfailingly ask about an offspring that had moved away and keep pace with the lives of those she nourished all those years ago. As one who became a teacher, evolved into economic research, community development and determined political engagement, I can honestly credit Evelyn Scott with influence. As a mariner I recently recounted to an American transient reading of the clouds and anticipation of the winds as if reciting notes from my grade five workbook. I can’t believe I am the only student, neighbour or community member who benefited from this strong woman's personal gifts.

— Veronica (Vern) White, May 23, 2013

My deepest sympathies to Evelyn's family. Evelyn Scott was a very special person known to me as part of the highway 6 "farming families." I recall hearing that Evelyn first taught across from our farm in the small rural school and my grandparents were put to good use, as was the custom then, on stage set up for the school plays. For me, Mrs. Scott was first held in awe as my grade 6 teacher; she had books with only words in them! I'm not sure how she did it but with no fuss she seemed to keep the class in perfect control like a fine tuned instrument. Evelyn was very dear to others in our family as well and she is lovingly remembered. May the family find comfort in many happy memories.

— Sharon Brown, May 23, 2013

I am not sure of you already received a message from me but in case you didn't, I am repeating it. I want to take this opportunity to send my condolences to Evelyn Scott's family. I have many wonderful memories of Evelyn when Fred, my husband, and I shared many meals with her at Mable Allen's in Mount Forest. Fred and Evelyn loved to reminisce about farm days when they were neighbours. I am sorry not to be able to attend the funeral but my thoughts will be with you. Mable will surely miss her. Sincerely, Ruby Kirkpatrick

— Ruby Kirkpatrick, May 23, 2013

My condolences to all of your family during this time of loss. Your Mother and Grandmother was a wonderful woman and teacher. She was my grade 6 teacher at Kenilworth public school. Over the years we have chatted about school and family and she always had wonderful words of support and encouragement.

— Marjorie (McPhee) Allen, May 23, 2013

I feel so blessed too of known your mother such a wonderful person, she was my grade 5 teacher. I will forever remember the fine words of wisdom she shared with not only me but, so many others may God see you through this difficult time.

— Sandra Thompson Smith, May 23, 2013

Jim, Sue and Shannon Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time. Hoping you find peace in the memories and the love you will continue to carry with you everyday. Take comfort in knowing that now you have a "Special" Guardian Angel watching over all of you.

— Judi & John Murphy, May 22, 2013

Jim & Marj sorry to hear about your mother I cann't be there but my thoughta are with you

— Ross Kirkpatrick, May 21, 2013

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P.O. Box 38, Mount Forest
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