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Mary V. Scott, school bus driver

Mary V. Scott, who had at various times during her life worked as a school bus driver, housekeeper, caterer and caregiver, died Friday of complications from a stroke at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson. She was 88.

Mary Virginia Speed was born and raised in Sparks and graduated from George Washington Carver High School in Towson.

A longtime resident of Quaker Bottom Road in Sparks, Mrs. Scott drove a Baltimore County public school bus for two decades and worked mainly with special-needs students.

Between runs, Mrs. Scott worked as a housekeeper for Mr. and Mrs. Craig Lewis for 40 years. An accomplished cook, she worked with a partner in operating a catering business.

"She was a real quality person, true blue. She was the best," said Steve Nelson of Monkton, who fondly remembers Mrs. Scott not only as a caregiver who cared for a number of his relatives, but also as a wonderful cook.

"She was a very caring and an old-time person," said Mr. Nelson. "The best thing I remember is coming home from the Fair Hill races to fried chicken and eggplant. Her fried chicken was just the best and her fried eggplant sticks just melted in your mouth."

For the last four years, Mrs. Scott was a resident of Colonial Manor Nursing Home in York, Pa.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Chatman-Harris Funeral Home, 5240 Reisterstown Road, Baltimore.

She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Louis Scott, a retired horseman who lives in Baltimore; a son, Jeff Scott of Miami; a daughter, Denise Scott of Baltimore; and two grandchildren. Another son, Robin Scott, was killed in a 1982 motorcycle accident.

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