Mary Scott, 90

Mary F. Scott (nee Simpson), 90, of Valparaiso, Indiana, formerly of Oak Park, was born on March 7, 1930, an only child, and grew up on a farm in western Illinois. She attended Marycrest College in Davenport, Iowa, at one time teaching in a one-room schoolhouse near her parents’ home. She was also an accomplished musician, playing the piano and singing. A member of the Niles Concert Choir and an organist at Ascension Parish in Oak Park for many years, her lifelong love for music extended to playing the piano for her fellow residents at her assisted living facility.

She worked at the University of Illinois Chicago and completed her bachelor’s degree in History at UIC, with children and grandchildren in attendance. She had a career as a real estate agent with WR James Realtor in Oak Park. After retirement, Mary and her husband of 61 years, Vaile, spent winters in Longboat Key, Florida where they developed many friends, and enjoyed the visits of friends and family.

Mary Scott was the wife of the late Vaile J.; the mother of Tony (Carolyn Lehr), Tom (Virginia), Francie (Mike Sheridan), Margaret, Paul Scott and Ellen (Sam) Adams; the grandmother of 17; great-grandmother of 3; and the aunt and cousin of many.

All services are private with interment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers, donations to Alzheimer’s Foundation of America ( are appreciated.  

Arrangements were handled by Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home.

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