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home : obituaries : obituaries September 30, 2014


7/31/2014 9:51:00 AM
Charlotte Scott

Charlotte Scott, age 69, of Silver Spring, Maryland, passed away at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (formerly National Naval Medical Center) in Bethesda, Maryland on Wednesday July 23, 2014 after a 33 month battle with lung cancer.
She was an avid swimmer for over thirty years, attentive to good nutrition and workouts at the gym as well as a lifelong non-smoker. She loved to sew, bake (especially bread), work crossword puzzles and attend the winter POPS concerts at Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC.
Charlotte was born in Washington, DC on April 10, 1945. She attended grade school in Washington,
DC and then, with her parents, moved to Maryland. Her parents continued to own and operate a grocery store in southeast Washington, DC
She graduated from High Point High School in Beltsville, Maryland in 1963 and in 1967 from University of California-Long Beach with a BA in home economics. While in Long Beach she met Don who was serving on active duty in the U. S. Navy. They married on February 1, 1965 in Waukegan, Illinois where Don was serving a tour of duty ashore at the U. S. Naval Training Center in Great Lakes, Illinois. Shortly thereafter, Don was selected for a commissioned officer program. In 1965, upon Don's commissioning in Newport, Rhode Island, they returned to Long Beach where Charlotte resumed her studies at the university.
She was a devoted U.S. Navy wife, traveling with her husband to Great Lakes, Illinois, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Long Beach and San Diego, California, Newport, Rhode Island, Bremerton, Washington and Washington, DC. She was an active volunteer with the Navy Relief Society that helps sailors and marines resolve financial and other personal difficulties. She belonged to a number of officer wives clubs during these tours.
As Charlotte and Don concluded Naval Service at the last port of call in Washington, DC, she worked at a nursery school and attended Montgomery College in Rockville,
Maryland to achieve accounting qualifications for Federal Government service. From 1987 to 2011 she served as an accountant for the U. S. Mint at their headquarters in Washington,
Charlotte was a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), a Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM), a Systems and Supervisory Accountant (GS-510) and held a masters certificate in information technology project management. She received a number of federal civil service awards including an award from Vice President, Al Gore for Y2K implementation of U.S. Mint enterprise
Charlotte acquired farm property, in 1993, east of Chetek, Wisconsin. Residing there were her sister-in-law, Carol and her mother-in-law Mary. Mary passed away in 2003.
Charlotte is survived by her loving husband of forty nine years, Don; sister, Judy (Leroy) Devan of Fredericksburg, Virginia; nieces, Rose (Frank) Vella of Alexandria, Virginia and May (Matt) Nyman of Corvallis, Oregon; sisters-in-law, Jane (John) Effertz of Weyerhaeuser, Carol Scott of Ladysmith, Nancy Madejski of Orlando, Florida and Sandra (George) Tant of Stockbridge, Georgia; brothers-in-law, Bob (Betty) Scott of Lebanon, Oregon, Ray Scott and Dennis (Sue) Madejski of Chetek; many in-law nephews and nieces including John Effertz Jr. (DeeDee) of Eau Claire, Elizabeth Scott of Altoona, Joan (Jeff) Good of Spring Valley, Roger (Georgia) Scott of Hudson, Chastity (Brett) Ridout of Weyerhaeuser and Mindy (Matt) Hamilton of Chetek.
Charlotte was predeceased by her parents, Florence and Charles Kraus; daughter, Michelle; and sister in law, Yvonne (Bonnie Scott) Knowlton-Knaak.
Charlotte was laid to rest, in Twin Lakes Cemetery, Chetek, alongside her daughter, Michelle, who passed away in 1987 at the age of 18.
A memorial gathering was held on Monday, July 28 at Burnham-Ours-Kolstad Family Funeral Home. Please visit and sign the online guest book at
Burnham-Ours-Kolstad Family Funeral Home was entrusted with arrangements. Memorials may be made to Fisher House, 5000 W National Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53295 or Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society Charities, 875 North Randolph Street Suite 225, Arlington, VA 22203.

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