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SCOTT, Mary Virginia (Jones)

Wednesday, October 27, 2004

Mary Virginia ""Ginny"" Scott, age 78, of Yardley, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, October 27, 2004 due to complications brought on by a rare carcinoid of the liver.


Born in Eagletown, Oklahoma, she attended the Oklahoma College for Women at Chickasha and later attended the University of Oklahoma at Norman.

Ginny met her future husband, Dick, while at OCW during WWII, when he was an Air Force Cadet training at Chickasha.

After a short courtship, interrupted by his assignment to a tour of duty in the Pacific, they married on January 18, 1946.

They then moved to Trenton, N.J. She worked for Chas. Schragger Real Estate; as a private secretary in the Schragger, Schragger, & Lavine law firm; for the CV Hill Company in Trenton; and later with the Ryder Truck Rental Company.

While living in the Trenton area she became noted for her musical talent, both as a violinist and pianist, and was a featured vocal soloist at various local functions, including the Gethsemane Baptist Church in Trenton, where she was also the Director of the Children's Choir.

After moving to Yardley, the music became more varied in nature. She was the only female member, on piano, of the Moonlighters, a Big Band led by Dr. Don Longenecker.

The music then evolved into a neighborhood piano teaching experience, and eventually led to her becoming a founding member of the Bucks County Piano Teachers Association as well as a member of the Piano Teachers Forum in New Jersey.

Her philosophy for teaching was to help the student appreciate good music and have fun while learning to play the instrument.

Ginny and her fellow pianist, Betty Meserall, also played at nursing homes and various retirement villages as a piano duet team with upbeat music. She was especially proficient at accompanying hymn singing.

Ginny was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Morrisville.

Daughter of the late William and Maude Jones, she is survived by her husband, Richard Scott; two sons and daughters in law, Richard C. and Cookie Scott and Frederick G. and Cathy Scott, all of Yardley; and two grandchildren, David and Jennifer Scott.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend her memorial service on Saturday, October 30, 2004 at 11 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Morrisville, 771 N. Pennsylvania Ave., Morrisville, Pa. 19067. The Rev. Trent Hancock will officiate.

There will be no calling hours. Memorial contributions in her name may be made to the above named church, directed to the music program. Arrangements are under the direction of the J. Allen Hooper Funeral Chapel, Morrisville, Pa.