Mary Louise Scott, 89, factory worker

November 12, 2003

Mary Louise Scott, a retired factory worker whose boisterous seafood dinners were a family tradition, died of pneumonia Friday at Sinai Hospital. She was 89.

A longtime resident of Pierce Street in West Baltimore, Mrs. Scott had lived for the last 10 years at Villa St. Michael Nursing and Retirement Center.

Born in Baltimore and raised in the 900 block of W. Lexington St., she went to work at the Southern Packing Co. on South Carey Street after her 1932 graduation from Douglass High School. She retired in 1959.

Mrs. Scott enjoyed preparing seafood dishes and entertaining family and friends at Friday night dinners in her home.

"Everyone came for her dinners after work on Fridays, and it wasn't unusual to have 25 people around her table. She'd prepare crab cakes, shrimp, oysters and fish. On the table were sodas and pitchers of iced tea and lemonade. And before we started to eat, we'd say a prayer," said a daughter, Vernetta B. Daniel of Baltimore.

"We'd reminisce, talk about the news or the grandchildren. Dessert was always either bread or rice pudding. She'd even feed hungry neighborhood children. Everyone hung at my mother's house," her daughter said.

She was an active member of Gillis Memorial Christian Community Church, 4016 Park Heights Ave., where services will be held at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow.

In addition to her daughter, Mrs. Scott is survived by two sons, Melvin J. Scott of Randallstown and Gary Generette of Baltimore; two other daughters, Deborah Carter of Owings Mills and Sheila Generette of Pikesville; a stepsister, Mary Norman of Baltimore; 11 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great grandchildren. A son, Donald Scott, died in 1983, and a daughter, Sonja Scott, died in 2001. Her marriage to O'Dell Scott ended in divorce.

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