Elisabeth Scott, 90, passed on to be with her faithful on Friday, April 5, 2019 at 6:15 a.m. with her faithful, loving husband of 63 years, Harry Scott Sr., by her side at their countryside home in Massac County.
Elisabeth was born Jan. 10, 1929 in Komatau, Czechoslovakia, a small village outside of nearby Prague, to Josef and Julie Worchek Quoika. She spent most of her childhood there and had described it as a beautiful, peaceful country with indigenous forests and fields of flowers.
Unfortunately, her family would be faced with hardship, when in 1939, Hitler and his troops invaded and occupied the Bohemia territory in which they lived. Occasionally spoken about, her family was forced to live on rations, for no one dare go to the market for fear of the bombs dropping when just a shadow was seen from above.
At age 14, young Elisabeth and her family would move to East Germany. She was held at a displacement camp for three long months. Behind the Iron Curtain, young Elisabeth would live until she escaped to West Germany when she was 18 years old.
Elisabeth was a welder and later landed a job at a café in Giessen, Germany. It would be at that same café, years later, that she would come to meet American, Harry Scott, of the 594 Field Artillery Battalion of the U.S. Army.
Fate have it, young Harry was in the communications field and while being fluent in German, the two would quickly fall in love and marry just six months later on Jan. 26, 1956.
Mr. and Mrs. Scott would arrive by ship in New York City, New York in June of that same year and continue their journey home to Massac County. Here, they would eventually lay claim to land and raise four strong boys and many grandchildren.
Elisabeth Scott was a very strong, kind, loving and nurturing spirit that will be remembered by everyone that knew her for their life she surely touched.
Determination is one quality she surely did not lack. Mrs. Scott self-taught herself to speak, read and write the English language. After years of being a homemaker, Mrs. Scott would decide to get her driver's license because she wanted to take her boys to the ballgame. She then went on to work at Laidlaw in Metropolis for 20 years.
People would rave on about Elisabeth's delicious yeast rolls and home-cooked meals when she worked at Good Samaritan or Farley's Café in the 90s. She even held a job as bus monitor, helping disabled and handicapped children get to and from school.
On a typical Friday or Saturday morning, Mrs. Scott could be found at a neighborhood yard sale finding the best bargains or a local fishing hole tearing the crappie and bluegill up. Sunday however, there was no doubt, Mrs. Scott was at her country home, cooking a five-course meal for her beloved family, as she did every Sunday religiously. All neighbors and friends were invited to, "Come if you're hungry" she would say. She had a love for cooking and baking that goes unmatched. Other skills she had included sewing, fishing and playing the spoon sand harmonica.
Survivors include her husband, Harry Orville Scott Sr.; her sons and daughters-in-law, Randolph (Gina) Scott, Tyrone (Marife) Scott and Glenn (Kim) Scott; her grandchildren, Angel, Josh Elise, Krista, Tyleigh Samuel and Hannah Scott and Aften Whitener; 20 great-grandchildren; and a host of friends and family.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Josef and Julie Quoika; her infant daughter, Heide in 1957; her son, Harry Scott Jr. earlier this year; and two grandsons, Ryan Scott and Eric Shane Bunch, both in 2005.
The Scott family would like to thank everyone for their continued thoughts and prayers and invite friends and neighbors to help mourn and celebrate the life of Elisabeth Scott at the Aikins-Farmer-Loftus-McManus Funeral Home in Metropolis from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 13. A memorial service will follow at 1 p.m. with Rev. David Deem officiating, and the funeral procession will follow to the Macedonia Cemetery in Brownfield.