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Elva Ruth Scott

Posted: Friday, January 24, 2003

Longtime Eagle City resident Elva Ruth Scott died of natural causes Friday, Jan. 10, 2003. She was 83.

A celebration and remembrance of her life and lived values will be held in Eagle on July 19.

Mrs. Scott was born Oct. 7, 1919, and was raised on her parents' ranch in San Bernardino valley, Calif. She earned a bachelor of nursing degree from the University of California in San Francisco and a master of education degree from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She met her husband, James W. Scott, while working in the pediatric ward of the children's hospital in Los Angeles, and they were married Feb. 14, 1942.

In 1946, Mrs. Scott moved to Alaska and made her home in Homer with Jim and their two young children. While in Homer, she helped found the Homer Society of Natural History and the Homer United Methodist Church and worked in the local 4-H club. In the early 1950s, she and Jim built and lived in the Homer Ranger Station, which is now occupied by the Kachemak Bay State Parks visitor's center.

From 1959 through 1960, Mrs. Scott's lived in Fairbanks, where she did volunteer work with the Girl Scouts of America while raising her four children. From 1960 to 1972, she lived in Anchorage, where she was active with the Anchor Park Methodist Church, the Jessie Lee Home, the Girl Scouts of America and the Alaska Nurse's Association. She also helped establish the Alaska Methodist University. She worked as the school nurse at East High School and later served as the Anchorage School District's first school nurse coordinator.

Retirement in 1972 found Mrs. Scott in Eagle on the Yukon River building a log home with her husband and tending her beautiful perennial flower garden. During the long winter months they traveled the world extensively. She served the community as mayor and council member, and Eagle Historical Society board member, curator and past president. During this time she authored the books "Jewel on the Yukon Eagle City," Eagle Schools Eighty Years 1901-1981," "Upper Yukon Health History" and several other historical publications on the region. With her guidance, many of Eagle's historic buildings were restored and opened to the public as museums. She also chaired the Alaska Historical Society board of directors.

Mrs. Scott was preceded in death by her husband, James W. Scott; son, Pat Scott; and daughter, Peggy Scott-Bittlingmaier.

She is survived by her sons, Tom Scott of North Carolina and David Scott of Anchorage; daughters-in-law, Pamela Wilde of North Carolina and Janice Scott of Eagle River; son-in-law, Kurt Bittlingmaier and wife, Claudia, of Anchorage; granddaughters, Mikala Holl and husband, Alex, of South Africa and Lia Scott of North Carolina; and grandson, Berndt Bittlingmaier of Bellingham, Wash.

In lieu flowers, donations can be made to History Day in Alaska, P.O. Box 243154, Anchorage, AK 99524; or UNICEF, 333 E. 38th St., New York, NY 10016.

Arrangements were made with Evergreen Memorial Chapel, 737 E Street in Anchorage.



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