Margaret Scott Shannon, died peacefully surrounded by her loving family on October 6, just two days short of her 85th birthday. Margaret was born in Douglas, Arizona on October 8, 1917. Margaret lived with her sister, Teresa, in Douglas, up until the last five months of her wonderful life. She was lovingly cared for by her niece, Judy Engel, who helped her and the family through this final life event. Hospice of the Valley was a wonderful part of her care during this last month.
Margaret attended Loretto School in Douglas. She began first grade the year the school opened in 1924 and graduated from Loretto High in 1936. Margaret, also known as "Scottie," "Auntie" and "Great," was the first female executive at Phelps Dodge Corporation. She was the the Manager of the Phelps Dodge Hardware Jobbing Division in Douglas and worked for 32 years, retiring in 1982. Retirement didn't stop Margaret; she ran for and was elected to the City Council in Douglas, serving on the Council for 12 years. Margaret was active in the Democratic Party in Cochise County and was on the Cochise County Fair Association Board of Directors until her death. She had a lifelong commitment to public service and worked iwth many organizations.
She was proud of her affiliation with St. Vincent de Paul Society and was a founding member of St. Luke's Catholic Parish. She was also an active member of Beta Sigma Phi. Margaret was a pioneer in leading other to give of themselves. Douglas thought so highly of her that she was named the Citizen of the year in 1996. Margaret was also an avid sports fan.
Margaret leaves behind her daughter, Sheila Rogers; two grandchildren: Kerri and Patrick Rogers; and her beloved great grandson, Cameron. She also leaves her sister, Teresa Scott, and Teresa's daughter, Judy Engel (Ken) and Judy's children, Ryan and Kayla. She is also survied by her brothers: Matthew Scott (Glennie) of Phoenix, and Thomas Scott (Mary) of Bethesda, Maryland. Margaret was preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Katherine Scott; her brothers John Scott and Bill Scott and her sister, Dorothy Park. Margaret also leaes many nieces and nephews, too many to name.
Margaret's wit and feistiness will never be forgotten by the many lives she touched. Her kindred spirit lives on through her family and those who knew her. She will be greatly missed.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Margaret's name to Hospice of the Valley, St. Vincent de Paul, or Loretto School in Douglas, Arizona.
A rosary will be held on Friday at 7:00 p.m.and the Funeral Mass will be Saturday at 10:00 a.m. at St. Luke's Catholic Church in Douglas.
At her funeral mass, the church was filled to capacity. The very best part of it was at the end. My mom loved sports. Her favorite teams were Arizona State and Notre Dame. We were able (at that time) to play the Notre Dame fight song as her casket was escorted out of the church. Everyone stood and clapped and cheered to the song. It was a fitting tribute to this wonderful lady who I feel privileged to have had as a mother!!!