Marilyn ‘Holly’ Scott

Marilyn “Holly” Scott of Sunsites, Arizona, and Gardiner died suddenly at her home on Nov. 28, 2016, at the age of 83.

Holly was born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, on March 14, 1933, to Emmons V. Holly and Frances A. Sayles Holly. She graduated from Washington High School, and then from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, where she received her teaching certification.

She married Ted Scott on June 5, 1955 in Sioux Falls. During their 62 years of marriage, she moved with her husband, who was a Park Ranger with the National Park Service, making a loving home for her family at the various parks to include Isle Royal National Park, Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Chiricahua National Monument, Great Smokey Mountains National Park, Yellowstone National Park and back to Chiricahua National Monument for their final home before retirement. She had a love of travel and the outdoors, particularly hiking, backcountry and downhill skiing, camping, and bike touring, which included a 400-mile ride across Iowa. She was a beautiful quilter and an avid birder. But most of all, she was a proud and loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.

Holly is survived by her husband, Ted; daughter Gail (Dan) Whitney of Helena; son Todd Scott of Gardiner; and grandchildren Jason (Kristin) Montgomery of Fort Worth, Texas, Kevin (Shannon) Montgomery of Helena, Brian (Griffin) Montgomery of Glendale, California, and Thomas Scott of Billings. She is also survived by her two great-grandchildren, Jackson and Adalynne Montgomery, of Fort Worth, Texas. Preceding her in death were her parents and her daughter-in-law, Sarah Scott.

A celebration of her life will be held at a later date. Contributions may be made to the Charles Wm Leighton Jr. Hospice, P.O. Box 115, Willcox, Arizona 85644, or online at; National Parks and Conservation Association, Attn: Membership Department, 777 Sixth Street, NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20001, or on line at; or Saint Judes Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105, or

Arrangements entrusted to Westlawn Chapel, Mortuary and Crematory of Willcox, Arizona. You may express condolences at