Mary Ward Scott
May 26, 1942 – May 22, 2019
Mary Scott was born in Baltimore Maryland on May 26th, 1942. Her family moved to a small town in Alabama where she was raised. She attended Blackburn College in Illinois where she received a degree in Sociology. After college, she returned to Alabama and got a job as a social worker.
Mary was for desegregation, so on March 7th, 1965 she ran for the Civil Rights Demonstration, from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama alongside Martin Luther King Jr. and many others. Many people in the south were very conservative and because of that, Mary moved to California. After living in California, Mary moved to Snohomish where she lived until her death.
The thread of her life was a sense of compassion for social justice. She lived simply and donated her time, money and things to organizations she believed in. Her passion started with desegregation, “Ban the Bomb”, “Anti War”, rights for refuges, gay rights, “Save the Earth”, and all causes to benefit the world. Mary was an avid reader, gardener and pet owner. Her ashes will be scattered in Snohomish, the town she loved.
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Mary Ward Scott
September 29, 2019
The first time I saw Mary, she was pruning the wild rose that grew at her mailbox, fearless of its thorns. My dog, thirsty from his walk, approached to drink from the water dish she kept by the rose. I thought it was a birdbath and tried to pull him away. No, said Mary. That water is for everyone.
Who lived in that house? I'd often wondered. On a rise looking out over a crossroads of river and road, rail and airstrip. It had endured 130 years of comings and goings. To know Mary was to learn how great one heart could be. She faced the currents of human progress and failings as squarely as she faced the rose's thorns. Mary never looked away.
The last time I saw her, we talked until it grew dark outside, and talked some more. Illness may have taken its toll, but not on Mary's spirit. Driven by her compassion, it was the most lucid conversation I've ever had with anyone.
My dog loved Mary deeply. When she was gone, he climbed the steps one last time to mourn at her doorstep. It comforts me to think of him now at her side, drinking from her water dish with all whom she loved so well.
To Mary's family and long-time friends, please know memories of Mary will always be cherished. Barbara Kajiya
August 21, 2019
Verna Lou Wards sister, Eunice Ward Daniel, was my grandmother. I met the Wards/Scott’s at their place in Ala when my mother, Erma Fay Daniel Tellez, took me there to visit. I was about 8-10 yrs old. Although I was never a part of Mary’s life, I always knew she was my cousin and looked up to her.
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August 21, 2019
Mary was the daughter of Verna Lou Ward(sister of my Grandma Eunice Ward Daniel)& Hardy Scott.They were civil rights activists in Alabama.Mary visited Eunice circa 1965 ,with her 2 dogs,and helped build a storm shelter with me and Terry Daniel(Eunice's son).Mary shared genealogy with us on the Ward family.She was a strong independent individual.She had a brother,Hardy Lee Scott,born Oct 16,1943.He and Mary were born in Baltimore,Md.