Marilyn Elizabeth Scott (Stephens)
R.N., ARCT, B.A., M.A.
It is with tremendous sadness that we announce the peaceful death of Marilyn Elizabeth Scott (Stephens) on September 26, 2016, at the age of 74. Marilyn, who died in Naples, Florida, with family by her side is survived by her children Andrew (Mindy), Allison (Alex) and Matthew (Kate); treasured grandchildren Mason, Aleta, Emmett, Charlotte and Harry; siblings Judy and Paul; and her husband of 51 years, Bill.
Marilyn leaves behind an indelible legacy that includes her lifelong curiosity and commitment to learning; her remarkable musicianship; her religious faith; and, above all, the commitment to family that guided her and inspired all who knew her.
Marilyn, a graduate of East York Collegiate Institute, worked in the ICU and fracture room of Toronto’s East General Hospital. There, she made a significant impact on the lives of many as a caring and generous Nurse. While her patients knew her for her deep kindness and sparkling personality, her true passion was music, specifically the piano. Marilyn earned her diploma as an Associate of The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, travelling to the Vienna Konservatorium (Austria) for further study. Returning to Toronto, Marilyn married Bill at Don Mills United Church in 1965. Marilyn established herself as a church organist, choir director and first-call solo pianist, working at La Scala, Wellington’s Restaurant, the Park Plaza Hotel, the Royal York Hotel’s Imperial Lounge, and the Four Seasons Yorkville and Inn on the Park hotels. Additionally, Marilyn appeared in television commercials for McCain’s, Bell Canada, Pepsi-Cola, Kleenex, Trident gum, and on the flagship educational television program for TVOntario: “My Place.”
After giving birth to three children of whom Marilyn was so very proud, she returned to school, ultimately earning a B.A. in Women’s Studies from York University’s Glendon College and a Master of Arts from the University of Toronto. Accepted into the doctorate program at the U of T, Marilyn’s life took another rich turn when her family relocated to Paris, France, where her unfailing graciousness and the sunshine of her smile helped the Scott family plant new roots and cultivate new friendships. The nomadic theme continued as Marilyn and family went on to establish communities of friends in both Oakton, Virginia, and Naples, Florida, and during Marilyn’s time as an English teacher in underserved communities in Myanmar, Vietnam, Cambodia, and The Cook Islands.
Although she clearly led an extraordinary and intrepid life of travel and adventure, Marilyn most cherished her role as a mother. She was happiest baking and gardening with her grandchildren, playing music for her family, and spending time with her husband Bill, with whom she enjoyed a relationship based on mutual respect, kindness and unconditional love that continues to inspire. Hers was truly a life well lived.
Funeral service to be held Monday October 17 at 11:00 am at Trinity by the Cove Episcopal Church, followed by a celebration of Marilyn’s remarkable life in Toronto in December.
Instead of flowers, donations in memory of Marilyn Scott can be made online or mailed to:
Naples Music Club
P. O. Box 112383
Naples, FL 34108