Grace “Annette Scott’s Obituary.
Grace Annette Scott (Ellis) or just “Annette” or “Mom” as her friends and family called her, died Thursday, August 6, 2020 following a courageous battle with cancer. Annette was born in Atlanta, Georgia on April 30, 1940 to Thomas H. Ellis and Mary Ellis (Favors). Annette always called Lone Oak, GA home though; because that was the location of her grandfather’s farm and where her beloved family resided. In 1942, Annette moved with her father to Pittsburg, PA and they lived there until she was 14 years old. At which time, she moved with her family back to Atlanta, GA and subsequently rediscovered the joy of farm life again (albeit only on weekends and during school breaks). During her later grade school years, she made lifelong friends and her father allowed her to be courted by a handsome classmate for 1 hour after dinner on Sundays. Following her graduation in 1959 from David T. Howard High School in Atlanta, Annette enrolled at Morris Brown College. After a semester, she became a seamstress for the Lovable Corporation. Annette’s skills had already been well developed, as she frequently made her own clothes throughout high school.
A wonderful life change came to Annette when she moved to NJ and wed her handsome High School sweetheart Samuel Scott on March 9, 1968. They bought a home in Plainfield, NJ where they still reside and raised their son & two daughters there. Annette’s household was always full of love, music and amazing memory making moments. Annette and Samuel enjoyed spending time with friends & family, travelling together and eventually cruising. Through the years, there were plenty of “to do list” projects that were “actually fun” ways to improve the house and spend time together simultaneously. Annette was always striving to maintain this precious balance which is what made being home so nice.
Annette deeply loved her husband & children so much! It showed in everything she did for them and with them. She would sing happy little songs around the house and her joy spread to everyone. Annette was also known for being a great storyteller many of which focused on her adventures with her family and growing up on the farm. In addition, she was always adding to those rich stories of her life with simple moments that were both spontaneous & fun like: shopping, sledding, ice skating, board games, bowling, hiking, and swimming. Annette liked going to amusement parks and she even rode the big roller coasters! She also was fond of cookouts (Annette was quite a grill master). Annette and Samuel even traveled to Vancouver, BC (and back) by car and tried to visit as many tourist attractions as possible along the way. Annette especially cherished “home-coming” reunions in Lone Oak with her large family.
Although primarily a homemaker, Annette was also a professional childcare provider. In 1993 she joined the staff at Kangaroo Kids Childcare and Learning Center where she worked in the infant room until her retirement in 2007. Annette took excellent care of so many little ones, she earned the nickname "The Baby Charmer”. However, prior to that, she babysat many others starting with Cousin Jason. Many of Annette’s “babies” have since grown up to be outstanding young men and women.
Annette was baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witness in Philadelphia, PA in 1974. She was delighted to talk about the Bible. It was her manner to make known to others Jehovah’s wonderful Kingdom Blessings, her hope to live forever in paradise on earth and to introduce as many as possible to her heavenly Father Jehovah. Over the years, attending assemblies and conventions was always a highlight that she greatly anticipated. Indeed, Annette was a cherished member of the Middlesex, NJ Congregation and was later privileged to lovingly support the Dunellen, NJ Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses.
Even though she had cancer, it did not dominate Annette’s demeanor or conversation. Annette was always positive, smiling and her future hope is what she focused upon. Annette will be dearly missed by both family and friends.
Annette is predeceased by Her parents Thomas & Mary Ellis; her siblings: Bobby, Delores, James, Joel, John, Maron, Otis Charles, Rosemary, Thomas, and Tommie. Annette is survived by her husband Samuel; her siblings: Betty & John; her children: Dwayne Widemon (Denise), Johnetta and Helene Tune (Corey); Seven grandchildren: Vincent, Steffon, Samantha, Corey Jr., Tyler, Gary and Georgia; and a great quantity of cousins, nieces, nephews & friends.
Funeral arrangements are private due to COVID-19 restrictions and burial will be at Hillside Cemetery in Plainfield, NJ.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey 195 Little Albany Street, New Brunswick, NJ 08903 cinj.org
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