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Frances Jane Parker Scott
April 5, 1928 ~ October 3, 2023 (age 95) 95 Years Old
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Frances Jane Parker Scott (nee Wykle) of West Chester, PA, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on October 3, 2023 at the age of 95. She was the much-loved wife of the late Davis R. Parker and the late Laurence Scott and the mother of Lynn P. Manning (John), Elizabeth P. Driscoll (Bernard), and Catherine P. Lynch (Michael). She was the stepmother to Michael Scott (Agnes) and Beth Scott (Ron) and the grandmother of seven grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her sisters, Mary Louise Andrews and Alice Gaye Parker.
She was born on April 5, 1928 in Marshalltown, Iowa. She was the daughter of Reuben S. and Marie Wykle (nee Carlsen). She was a graduate of Stephens College and attended the University of Iowa. She lived in Haverford and Gettysburg PA for most of her life and was an active member of the First Church of Christ, Scientist.
Above all she loved her family and looked forward to holding “Camp Nana” for her grandchildren, hearing about their latest adventures, and reunions with the Parker gang. As a service-oriented person, her passion for volunteering was contagious. From her early days in Cleveland, with three young daughters, she found time to read to the blind. While in Haverford she was a guide at Strawberry Mansion in Fairmount Park. She worked in the Haverford School Thrift Shop and helped found and coordinate the Davis R. Parker Memorial History Lecture series, in memory of her late husband.
She was the recipient of the 2013 Legacy of the Lifetime Achievement award from the United Way of Adams County. As part of her acceptance speech she said: “Having lived in the suburbs for 40 years, moving back to a town similar to the one of my childhood in Iowa was very special. The community is a blessing.” She served as a volunteer for the Salvation Army and the Gettysburg Garden Club for over 25 years. She also helped with the Lincoln Fellowship of PA and the Business Education Partnership Mentor Program. She was on the Gettysburg borough Shade Tree Commission and brought much needed shade to the town sidewalks. Her most cherished volunteer service was as the librarian in the Christian Science Reading Room in Hanover. One of her good friends said of her: “Jane is the definition of joy. And when she didn’t/could not control an outcome, she found humor to make the best of life.”
She loved music and singing and her last act of service was to encourage the formation of the “Bellingham Singers” choir for residents in her retirement community.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Jane’s honor to: Shade Tree Commission, Gettysburg Municipal Building, 59 East High St, Gettysburg, PA 17325 or Salvation Army Gettysburg Services Unit, P.O. Box 3572 Gettysburg PA 17325.