July 20th, 2008
Deacon Mary Lavera Scott
Deacon Mary Lavera Scott
Mary LeVera Scott, born January 31, 1936, was the eldest daughter to the union of Sam and Modess Lee Scott in the rural town of Cotton Plant, Arkansas. She believed that everyone should have a purpose for life and a motivation for being. Those values were instilled at an early age while growing up in the small farming community. She came to Poughkeepsie, New York alone at the tender age of 16 and made this her home and established her life.
Mary was a Christian. She began her Christian journey at an early age, practicing her faith with her family in the home church, Shady Grove Baptist Church in Cotton Plant. She continued that journey throughout her life. She joined the Ebenezer Baptist Church upon her arrival to Poughkeepsie. The church was her local family, providing strength, comfort and nurturing. She has been a faithful member since.
Mary attended Cotton Plant High School, and was a graduate of Poughkeepsie High School. She received degrees from the State University of New York at Cobleskill, Associate in Applied Science, and the State University of New York at Utica, Bachelor of Science in Technology, and was awarded the New York State public school teacher certificate.
Mary’s rich life experience was concentrated on nourishing the mind, body and spirit. Her professional experience was no exception. She worked as a Dietician Assistant, Head Cook, and Food Service Instructor at the Hudson River Psychiatric Center; and as a Culinary Arts Instructor at the Dutchess County BOCES Technical Center. She earned numerous awards and distinctions during her life. Among them are the 1976 Employee Recognition Award, State of New York (Department of Mental Hygiene); 1994 Certificate of Appreciation, Dutchess County Board of Cooperative Educational Service; 1998 Outstanding Service Award, Dutchess Association for Continuing Education; Ten Year Service Pin, Literacy Connections – Dutchess County. She was the recipient of the 2007 Black Achiever Community Award, (Social Action Ministry), Beulah Baptist Church, Poughkeepsie, NY.
Mary Served her church in many capacities, a few positions of note are: Financial Secretary, Sunday School Teacher, Sunday School Superintendent, Vacation Bible School Teacher, Chair-person for the 100th Church Anniversary, Ordained Deacon, Bible Study Teacher, and Chairman, Diaconate Board.
Mary was the proud mother of a devoted son, Nick Scott, and loving grandmother of her adoring grandsons, Jarrett Scott and Jordan Scott, and great-grandmother to young Jonathan Scott. They were blessings for her and pleased her greatly with the conduct of their lives. They will continue to honor and cherish her memory.
Mary was the second of five children. Left also to mourn her loss and cherish her memory is an attentive brother Samuel E. Scott, Las Vegas, NV, a supportive sister Mildred Scott Cunningham, Los Angeles, CA, and a special niece/daughter Vickie M. Evans, Little Rock, AR. Three siblings, Alvertis Scott, Margaret Scott and Lafayette Flemmings preceded her in death.
Her extended family also includes two devoted sisters-in-law; Mary Scott, Chicago, IL and Marie Scott, Las Vegas, NV, one brother-in-law, Roy Cunningham, Los Angeles, CA; six nephews, six other nieces, one living aunt, Mrs. Mable Johnson, Benton Harbor, MI; one living uncle, Mr. Cheatem Scott, Cotton Plant, AR; one senior cousin Gladys Bailey, Mount Airy, NC and a wealth of loving cousins, relatives and friends.
Reverend E. Clayton Wade, Officiating
Interment will be at Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery in Poughkeepsie, New York.