February 7, 1941 – June 19, 2019
Janice Elaine Scott (Scott) of Greeley, passed away quietly in the early morning hours on June 19, 2019 after a lengthy battle with dementia. She was 78 years old. She is preceded in death by her parents, Austin Edward Scott and Dorothy Irene Scott (Lee), and her older brother Austin Lee Scott all of Mitchell, NE.
Jani was born in Scottsbluff, NE and grew up in Mitchell, NE, where her father was the Post Master. Jani graduated from Mitchell High School in 1959. She was very active in Future Homemakers of America where she held local, state and national offices.
She married her high school sweetheart, Steven Louis Scott from nearby Morrill, NE in her parent’s home on April 12, 1960. Jani and Steve have two boys Kevin Lee Scott (Kathleen) of Windsor, CO and Steven Avery Scott (Elizabeth) of Bend, OR and four grandchildren, Allison Scott-Fordred (Mitchell), Andrew Scott, Kelsey Scott and David Scott.
Janice was a lifelong learner, earning her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Northern Colorado in 1971 and her Master’s degree in 1974. Both degrees are in the area of Special Education. She also accumulated 80+ hours beyond her Master’s degree which is enough for two more degrees. Education was a focal area in her life.
Most of Jani’s working life was spent employed by School District Six, in Greeley CO. She worked there from 1971 until her retirement in 1999. Her passion was her students and giving them “real” experiences and enriching their lives. Her approach was innovative and Jani learned how to make something out of nothing by continuing to utilize her community’s resources. The capstone of her career was the Special Swim Program that was a joint effort between School District Six, UNC and eventually the City of Greeley. All entities, especially the students benefitted from this program.
Janice was continually helping those less fortunate by immersing herself in the family-oriented programs Room At The Inn and Habitat For Humanity. Both of these programs made huge impacts on people’s lives both locally and internationally. Jani was not afraid of hard work or committing herself with heart and soul to the cause. Even though she participated over a dozen times on international trips with Habitat, she found time to be the best wife, mother, grandmother and friend anyone could possibly imagine. She was continually pushing forward, making other’s lives better with no thought of herself only thoughts of other’s well-being.
Please consider making a donation to the Jan Scott Memorial Habitat Scholarship either by check or through the Go Fund Me website. Checks should be made out to the First Congregational Church c/o Jan Scott Memorial Habitat Scholarship or search Jan Scott on www.gofundme.com. Monies generated will be distributed to applicants based on need for international travel with Habitat For Humanity through the First Congregational Church.
- Memorial Service Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Bonnie Rowland Watson
June 25, 2019
Dear Old Steve, Kevin and Steve,
I was so sorry to hear of Jan’s passing. She always held a special place in my heart so no wonder that she is in all of my favorite memories during the years we hung out at swim meets.
Just know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your families at this time.