Lillian Ruth (McKitrick) Scott, age 89, of Mt. Vernon, IL died at 9:43 a.m. January 25th, 2015 at Lavender Ridge Dignified Memory Care in Mount Vernon, Illinois. Lillian fulfilled her lifelong dream of attending college by earning an Associate of Arts Degree from Mt. Vernon Community College (1970), a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale (1974) and a Master of Science Degree in Special Education (1980), also from SIU-C, with Honors. She joined the staff of Mt. Vernon Township High School as a Special Education Instructor in 1974, and retired in 1993. Volunteer work within the field of education was very important to Lillian. She was a member of the Association for Retarded Citizens (ARC), and gave many hours of her time throughout her career in support of this organization and its goals. She served as a board member of JEFFCO, an organization that provides job training and opportunities for community members with handicaps. Lillian was also a dedicated worker and advocate of the Special Olympics, often chaperoning students on weekends and in the summer to other cities so they could compete as Special Olympic Athletes. Though she received several academic and professional honors, Lillian was most proud of her letters from Eunice Kennedy Shriver, received on completion of the Special Olympics Training School and certifying her to coach Basketball, Volleyball, Bowling, Gymnastics, and Track and Field. Volunteer work within the church and community was also a mainstay of Lillian's life. As a member of First United Methodist Church in Mt. Vernon, she served as a Sunday School teacher, a Bible School teacher, and a volunteer parish visitor to shut-ins. In her later years, she volunteered weekly as an interviewer for Angels on Assignment, a church-sponsored program that helps those in need of financial assistance for medications, rent, and/or utility bills. In 2009, Lillian was recognized as a Mt. Vernon Senior Saint for her contributions to the community. That same year, she was also selected as an Illinois Retired Teachers Jefferson County Honoree. Her family was the most important thing in Lillian's life. She gave them her unconditional love and did anything for them she possibly could. (Lillian) was a member of First United Methodist Church in Mt. Vernon IL; Kappa Delta Pi and Pi Lambda Theta honor fraternities for professional educators, the Association for Retarded Citizens of Jefferson County, the Illinois Retired Teachers Association, and JEFFCO, an organization that provides job training and opportunities for community members with handicaps.
Celebration of Life Service for Lillian Scott will be held at 10:00 a.m.Tuesday at First United Methodist Church in Mount Vernon, Illinois, with Rev. Victor K. Long presiding. The Family will greet friends from 5 to 7 p.m. on Monday, 2/2/2015 at Hughey Funeral Home in Mount Vernon, Illinois. Internment at Mt. Vernon Memorial Gardens in Woodlawn, Illinois. For those who wish, memorials may be given to Angels on Assignment of the First United Methodist Church in Mt. Vernon IL, and/or to the Special Olympics (http://www.specialolympics.org), and will be accepted at the funeral home or may be mailed to Hughey Funeral Home, P.O. Box 721, Mount Vernon, Illinois 62864. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Hughey Funeral Home where you may call (618) 242-3348 or visit www.hugheyfh.com for further information and to send condolences.
Lillian Scott is survived by her Daughter: Lisa Lehmberg and husband Lance of Belchertown, Massachusetts; Grandson: Christopher Arnold and wife Juha of Junction City, Kansas; Great-granddaughter: Yuna Arnold of Junction City, Kansas; Sisters: Deloris Edmison and husband Donald of Opdyke, IL; Velma Ellis of Jensen Beach, Florida; Sister-in-law: Virginia McKitrick of Sims, IL and Several nieces and nephews.
Lillian Scott was born on March 3rd, 1925 in Wayne County, IL to Jewell A. and Corine E. (Weaver) McKitrick. She married Loren D. Scott on August 3, 1947 in Wayne County, IL, and he preceded her in death on December 3rd, 1986. She was also preceded in death by: her parents, husband, brother Auburn McKitrick, and a brother who died in infancy.