Published in the September 7, 2016 edition
WAKEFIELD — A. Yvonne Scott, 84, of Wakefield and formerly of Lynn, died Thursday, Sept. 1, at Winchester Hospital after a long illness.
She was born on May 30, 1932 and was raised in Lynn. She was the devoted wife of James M. Scott of Wakefield, whom she met at Hill’s Boathouse and Dance Hall on the shores of Wakefield’s Lake Quannapowitt and married in Lynn on Aug. 12, 1956.
Yvonne was predeceased by her adoring parents Dr. Thomas Grady and Mrs. Thomas Grady of Lynn. She was the daughter-in-law of the late William D. and Elena P. Scott of Wakefield.
Yvonne was the loving mother of Leslie Scott-Lysan and her husband Paul Lysan of Wakefield; Gerald Scott of Stowe, Vt.; James Scott and his wife Sharon of Wakefield; Julie Scott of Wakefield; Kevin Scott of Wakefield; and Jean (Scott) Murtagh and her husband Kevin of Nantucket. She was the adoring grandmother of James “Jamie” Scott of Wakefield; Christopher Scott and his wife Ashley of Peabody; Taylor (Scott) Prowse and her husband Brett, Kelly Scott and Annette Lysan, both of Wakefield; and Grady Murtagh and Karen Murtagh of Nantucket.
She was happily looking forward to the November arrival of her first great-grandchild.
Yvonne was a 1949 graduate of Lynn Classical High School and a 1954 graduate of Salem State Teachers’ College (now Salem State University). She was an elementary school teacher for several years in the Lynn and Wakefield school systems and was a substitute teacher in Wakefield as her children grew older. She was often called on to be a permanent substitute teacher and took on those long-term assignments with professionalism.
Yvonne was blessed with a rich network of friends that spanned multiple generations, including those going back to her early childhood and high school days in Lynn and her college days at Salem State.
Yvonne was an avid reader who loved many forms of literature and enjoyed spending time at Wakefield’s Lucius Beebe Memorial Library and the Nantucket Athenaeum. She was an active member of the Sweetser Lecture Series Committee in Wakefield. As a member of the Essex Society of Genealogists, Yvonne was fascinated to learn about her family’s pre-American Revolution roots on the Isles of Shoals. In addition, Yvonne was a pianist, passing on a love of music to her children.
As a member of Bear Hill Golf Club, she enjoyed the “Nine Holers” group and its book club. If she was on your team during the club’s trivia night, you felt that your team had an edge because she was so well read in English and American literature and loved old movies. In addition to her golf club activities, Yvonne played tennis and loved socializing with her tennis friends when they were not on the court.
Yvonne and her husband were founding members of the Cosmopolitan Square Dance Club in the late 1960s. She was also involved in the Girl Scouts. Yvonne travelled to Ireland with her husband Jim, as well as to England, Scotland and Wales. She also loved visits to California, New Orleans, Toronto, Stowe, Vt. and Nantucket.
Her funeral Mass will be celebrated in Most Blessed Sacrament Church, 1155 Main St., Wakefield on Saturday at 11 a.m. Interment to follow at Forest Glade Cemetery in Wakefield. Visitation for relatives and friends will be held at the McDonald Funeral Home, 19 Yale Ave., Wakefield prior to the funeral Mass from 8:30-10:30 a.m.