Obituary for Patricia Scott

Patricia ScottPatricia Ann McConnell Scott, 78, passed away peacefully on May 23, 2017. She was Born December 27, 1938 in Pawtucket, RI. Patricia was the daughter of Robert J. and Gladys A. McConnell of Providence, RI. Patricia was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters, Roberta Beauchamp and Sharon McConnell and a brother, John T. McConnell. She is survived by her husband, Arlon M. Scott of Louisville and daughter Lauren (Keith) Rice of Topsfield, MA and sons Daniel and David Scott both of Louisville and four grandchildren, Molly and Nolan Rice and Kyra and Chase Owens-Scott, Louisville.

She met the love of her life, Arlon Scott, while he was attending Naval Officer Candidate School in Newport, RI. They were married in July 1963 at Holy Name Church in Providence with a full Navy Military wedding with Arlon's ship's officers holding crossed swords. They were married 54 years. They lived in Austin, Texas and Chantilly, Virginia before moving to Louisville in 1974 due to Arlon's work.

Patricia graduated from Holy Name School and St. Xavier Academy High School in Providence. She graduated from Rhode Island College, Providence, RI in 1960 as an elementary teacher and taught first grade in Providence and North Kingston, RI public schools. In 1981, Patricia earned her Masters of Education degree from the University of Louisville. She worked for Jefferson County Public Schools as a reading teacher with the Chapter One Reading program assigned to help reading deficient students in Louisville's catholic schools. This involved driving a large mobile classroom truck to various schools across the city. She loved to teach, but the driving was challenging. Patricia retired from JCPS on disability in 1991 due to a stroke at age 50 which left her partially blind in both eyes and with short term memory deficits. She lost the ability to recognize the alphabet and to read, but she loved to read and through work and determination, she gradually regained her ability to read and was fond of sending thank-you cards.

Patricia loved people and especially children. She possessed the uncanny ability to talk to a perfect stranger and learn their life history in only a few minutes. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and loyal friend to many both in Louisville, New England and to her husband's family in Texas. She was very proud of her Irish heritage, and was able to travel to Ireland with her husband as a highlight among their travels together.

Funeral services for Patricia will be held at 10:00 AM, Saturday, May 27, 2017 at Epiphany Catholic Church, 914 Old Harrods Creek Road, Louisville, with burial following in Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00 – 8:00 PM, Friday, May 26, 2017 at Ratterman Funeral Home, 3711 Lexington Road, "in St. Matthews."