Mary E. Scott a woman devoted to her family passed after a long illness at the Lahey Hospital on Friday, September 7, 2018. She was 91 years old.
Mary was born and raised in Cambridge. Her parents, Arthur and Susan Chipman were immigrants from Newfoundland, Canada. She was a graduate of Cambridge High and Latin. Mary met her future husband, Thomas Scott, at the age of 12. Their families were both members of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Cambridge. After Sunday services, the church would have a time of fellowship in the church hall and Mary and Tom would play together. As teenagers they became sweethearts. At the age of 17, Tom enlisted in the Army Air Corp to serve his country during World War II. Thankfully, Tom returned home from the war safe. They married when Mary turned 19 years old. At the time of Tom’s passing in 2014, they had shared 68 years of marital bliss. Mary and Tom were both had a strong faith, sense of community, and strong work ethics. Mary ran the affairs of the home, cared for their 3 children, and managed to work for over 20 years as a receptionist at Harvard University’s Credit Union. Tom was a member of the Cambridge Fire Department of 40 years and served at the Fire Chief for 10 years.
Mary was a joy to be with. She was always upbeat and ready to embrace any challenge, activity, or task thrown her way. Her bubbly and happy persona always brightened the spirits of everyone around her. Her family and friends would say that there was not a mean bone in her body and that she was filled with compassion and had a heart of gold. Her smile would light up the room. She had numerous circles of friends. There were her neighbors, Cambridge Fire family, her St. Peter’s Church and Choir family, and numerous other groups that she was a part of during her 91 years. She loved to travel with family and friends. She loved cruises and warm weather vacations in the Caribbean. It wasn’t unusual to have 10 couples of firefighters traveling together on these vacations. She was a bit of a foodie. If she had to pick between a meal or dessert, dessert would always win out! She had a great fashion sense and always kept up with all the fashion trends. She was an avid shopper and was always on the hunt to a great sales. Her claim to fame was finding the better bargain on the same item.
Mary was a devoted and caring mother to her 3 children. She loved being “Nana” to her 5 grandchildren and “Nana Meme” to her 6 great grandchildren. Nothing meant more to her than being with her family. She was the loving wife to Thomas V. Scott. She was the loving mother of Thomas Scott & his wife Carol of Lexington, Robert Scott & his wife Patricia of Arlington and Kathryn Giacoppo & her husband Stephen of Burlington. She was the proud grandmother of Thomas, Kathryn, Christopher, Kristina & Nicole and great grandmother of Jack, Colin, Alec, Sadie, Will & Evalyn. She was the sister of the late Eric Chipman, Douglas Chipman & Ruby Munn. She was also survived by many nieces, nephews, and friends. Funeral Services are private. In lieu of flowers memorials in Mary’s name may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 www.stjudge.org Arrangements under the direction of the Edward V Sullivan Funeral Home, BURLINGTON.