Cora Scott

Cora Scott Cora Helen Edwards, the oldest of five children of Charles A. and Effie (Fuhrer) Edwards, was born Dec. 10, 1911 on the family homestead north of Clearfield, Tripp County. She passed away March 28, 2009 at the Sanford Care Center in Vermillion. In 1920 after the family lost their homestead, they lived near Naper, NE for two years before moving back to the Winner area. Cora attended rural schools through the ninth grade and quit formal education when it became necessary for her to help at home. She also helped neighbor families with household work. In the mid-1930's while working as a cook and waitress at Burda's Sweet Shop in Winner, she met Royal Scott from Vermillion. Royal was employed by the Soil Conservation Service and left Winner to work in Rapid City; Sioux Falls; Mandan, ND; and Lincoln, NE, but they got together whenever they could. In January 1940, Royal went to work for the Army at Raritan Arsenal in Metuchen, NJ. In June 1940 he returned to Winner, married Cora on the 16th, and they left for Highland Park, NJ. Their only child, Luann Kay, was born in New Brunswick, NJ. During World War II, while Royal was traveling for the Army, Cora was essentially a "single" parent. In November 1952 Cora, Royal and Luann moved to Huntsville, AL when the rocket program started. Luann moved to Vermillion in 1955 to attend high school, Cora came in 1962 to help care for her mother-in-law, and Royal followed in 1966 upon his retirement from NASA. Cora enjoyed gardening but was most comfortable in the kitchen or taking care of her family. Her granddaughter Lynn was her pride and joy. In 1987 Cora received the DIANA Award from the Vermillion ESA chapters for her unselfish service to others in the community. She was a long-time member of the Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women, holding numerous elected positions. She also taught Sunday school and was recognized in Fall 1997 as a 50-year member of the United Methodist Women and its forerunners. After Royal's passing in April 1999, Cora moved into Dakota Gardens Apartments in Vermillion. Polio at age 5 left Cora with weakness in her leg and ankle muscles and in later years hampered her mobility. After a stroke in May 2000, she was unable to walk or stand. Since then, she had been a resident of the Sioux Valley/Sanford Vermillion Care Center where she was lovingly cared for. She is survived by her daughter, Luann Ouelette of Vermillion; her granddaughter, Lynn; husband, Matt Dassow of Paris, France; two sisters-in-law, Dorothy Edwards and Mary Edwards, both of Winner; three nieces and eight nephews. Cora was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; her sister and brother-in-law, Florence and Jesse Roberts; her sister, Bettie Martha; her brothers, Alton and Lester, and her niece, Betty Ann Stoner. Memorials may be given to the Vermillion Welcome Table. Funeral services were held on Thursday, April 2 at 1:30 p.m., at First Methodist Church, Vermillion with Rev. Brook McBride officiating. Burial was at BluffView Cemetery, Vermillion. Visitation was from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. with a lunch at 12 p.m. at the church on Thursday. Condolences may be sent online to Iverson-Siecke-Kober Funeral Home, Vermillion was in charge of arrangements.

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