Ada F. Scott, 79, dietitian, foster parent

August 05, 1999|By Frederick N. Rasmussen | Frederick N. Rasmussen,SUN STAFF

For Ada F. Scott, there was always room in her heart and home for one more foster child.

Mrs. Scott, a retired dietitian who was awarded many commendations for her work as a longtime foster parent, died of cancer Sunday at the home of a daughter in Northwest Baltimore. She was 79.

Beginning in the early 1970s and until she stopped in 1992, Mrs. Scott brought up 13 children in her home of many years on North Franklintown Road in West Baltimore.

"She had a great love for children, and when social workers called asking if she could take an other child, she always said yes," said a daughter, Annie Stanback of Northwest Baltimore. "She was a good disciplinarian, but fair, and the kids saw that. She required them to do certain things, complete chores, and [saw] that they went to school and were home by curfew. They all fell into place as they assumed their role in the family."

Mrs. Stanback described her mother as someone "who had a lot of love in her heart," and who placed a great "emphasis on education."

Matthew Newton came to Mrs. Scott when he was 18 months old and was adopted by another daughter, Margaret Scott Newton.

"It was fun being in her house. She was kind, caring and loving," recalled Matthew, now 12, who lives in Randallstown with his mother. "We played lots of games together. We went to the park, and she even taught me how to play checkers and the harmonica."

Said Mrs. Newton, "She was a magnificent woman, and there wasn't a single person in her life that she ever said no to. If they were in need, whether it was for food, money or a place to stay, she helped out. She never turned anyone down."

Two years ago, Mrs. Scott decided to become a bus aide and worked for the RJR Bus Co. that transported children to Lillie M. Jackson Elementary School on Ashburton Street in West Baltimore.

"Even though she was diagnosed with cancer, she kept on working until the end of the school year in June and never missed a day because of her illness," Mrs. Newton said.

The former Ada F. Lipscomb was born into a farm family in Halifax, Va. She left school at an early age to help her parents on the farm.

In 1946, she married Alfred L. Scott and moved to Baltimore. He died in 1972.

Mrs. Scott worked as a domestic for several years before she became a dietitian at Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center and Hospital in 1965. During her 22 years at the Northwest Baltimore nursing home, she never missed a day of work.

For a hobby, Mrs. Scott "loved to travel, as long as it didn't involve flying on an airplane," said Mrs. Stanback, with a laugh.

Mrs. Scott was a longtime member and soup kitchen volunteer at Greater New Hope Baptist Church, 2720 W. North Ave., where services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow.

She is also survived by another daughter, Dorothy "Jeannie" Johnson of Woodlawn; two brothers, Henry Lipscomb and Willie Lipscomb, and a sister, Hallie Pearl Crowder, all of Baltimore; six grandchildren; a great-grandchild; and a special friend, Henry Warren of Baltimore.

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