Teresa Elizabeth Scott, the matriarch of our large Irish/Catholic family, passed on the evening of July 2, 2017 just shy of her 95th birthday.. Teresa was born on July 30, 1922 in the house she lived in until just before her death. She was born at 858 14th St in Douglas, Arizona to Edward and Katherine Scott.
Teresa lived a wonderful life. In 1955, Teresa adopted a baby girl. In those days, it was almost unheard of for a single woman to adopt a child. Teresa had an incredible faith and prayed daily. She named her beloved daughter, Judith Marie, after St. Jude, Patron Saint of the impossible.
She lived in the house she was born in with her sister, Margaret Shannon, and her brother, John Scott. Both preceded her in death. Together they all raised Judy and Margaret’s daughter, Sheila Shannon Rogers.
Teresa attended Loretto School for first through eleventh grade, when Loretto High School closed. She graduated from St. Mary’s High School in Phoenix.
She worked for the City of Douglas Water Department for over 40 years. When she retired, she opened her own business doing bookkeeping and payroll. She had several clients, but only a few who paid. She lovingly did all of the books and payroll for Loretto Catholic School, St. Luke’s Church, and St. Vincent de Paul without pay.
In 1994, Teresa was honored as the Citizen of the Year for the City of Douglas.
Teresa was a devout Catholic whose religion was extremely important to her. She was a founding member of St. Luke’s Catholic Parish. She was also an active member of Beta Sigma Phi and a avid bridge player.
Teresa leaves behind her daughter, Judy Scott Engel, who took loving care of her the past several months. She also leaves her son-in-law, Ken Engel, grandson, Ryan Engel, granddaughter, Kayla Engel, and her great grandson, Colton Engel, Ryan’s son. In addition she leaves behind her sister Margaret’s family, Sheila Rogers, Kerri Rogers, Patrick Rogers and her great nephew, Cameron Rogers. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews whom she adored. Family was so important to her.
She was proceeded in death by her parents and all of her siblings. They were John Scott, Matthew Scott, Dorothy Park, Thomas Scott, Margaret Shannon, and William Scott.
Funeral Mass will at St. Mary’s Basilica on July 29 at 10:00 a.m. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in Douglas. There will be a Mass in her honor at St. Luke’s in Douglas on August 5 at 10:30 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of the Valley or St. Vincent de Paul.
Teresa’s kind heart and gentle spirit will be deeply missed by those who knew and loved her.