BENZONIA — Helen Marguerite Scott went to be with her Lord in heaven while at home surrounded by family on April 3, 2013, after courageously living with ALS. She was born May 21, 1933, to Edward and Nellie Kerruish, of South Byron, N.Y.
Helen met Clarence George Scott “Scotty” while the two attended Cornell University, where she received bachelor’s degree in home economics. After graduation the two married on Oct. 1, 1955. Helen went on to get her teaching certificate and master’s degree in education from MSU.
She taught in the Middleville school district and later chose to switch gears and become their food service director.
Upon retirement Helen relocated back to Benzonia so she could be closer to her children and grandchildren. She was especially close to and proud of her grandchildren.
Helen was devoted mother, grandmother and Christian. She gave much of her time to her church and various community organizations. She really enjoyed helping the Benzonia Library Board, Benzonia Museum, Benzie Area Christian Neighbors (BACN) and being active in the Frankfort United Methodist Church. Very close to her heart was being part of the Habitat for Humanity Organization. She assisted with fund raising and family placement. She was recognized by the Gleaner organization as the Grand Traverse area volunteer of the year.
Helen also had many interests and hobbies such as knitting, sewing and gardening. She was an avid reader and walker. She exercised her mind, as well as her body, by doing crosswords and Sudoku puzzles.
Helen was preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Nellie Kerruish; sister, Joann Smith; and husband, Clarence Scott.
She is survived by daughters, Evelyn (Jeff) Clark, of Linden, and Julie (Dan) Marshall, of Ludington; sons, David Scott, of Beulah, Steven Scott, of Traverse City, and Jon (Kendra) Scott, of Lake Ann. She also survived by grandchildren, Scott (Jenn) and Danny Clark, Courtney and Thomas Marshall, Kyle and Alex Scott, Katie, Makenna and Noah Scott; and great-grandchildren, Sheldon and Elora Clark.
Memorial services will be at the Frankfort United Methodist Church on Saturday, April 13, at noon, with the Reverend Barbara Faye officiating. There will be a visitation one hour prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers, please send your contribution to the Habitat for Humanity, Frankfort United Methodist Church or the ALS Society of Michigan.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Jowett Family Funeral Homes, Frankfort.