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Louise B. Scott

December 29, 1929 — June 17, 2023


Louise B. Scott died on June 17, 2023 at Agrace Hospice. Louise was born on December 29, 1929 in Richmond, Indiana, to Donald Herbert and Gladys Harloff Bell.  She graduated from Indiana University in Bloomington with degrees in French Literature and English Literature.  In 1952, Louise married John Kimball Scott in Columbus, Ohio.  She worked at “The” Ohio State University to support a young and growing family until 1958 when the couple moved to Madison, Wisconsin so that John (Kim) Scott, MD could begin his medical practice. 


In addition to raising four children, Susan, Kim, Carol, and Sally, Louise became a professional volunteer.  She served as the President of the Village of Shorewood Hills, the President of the YWCA – Madison, the President of the Madison Civics Club, the President of Women’s Auxiliary to the Wisconsin State Medical Society, and on the boards of Planned Parenthood and the Madison Children’s Museum.  She was also a member of the Attic Angel Association, Class of 1971. In her spare time, Louise found time to help design and oversee the construction of the “cabin” on Lake Owen in Northern Wisconsin, a place where countless family and friend memories were made with that legacy continuing through to today.


Louise was preceded in death by her husband of 45 years, John (Kim) Scott, MD.  She is survived by her four children, five grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.  Louise was a force, with kindness, and she will be greatly missed.  In accordance with Louise’s wishes, there will be no funeral or celebration of life service. Instead, please read the following passages chosen by Louise:


“Hold on to what is good, even if it is a handful of earth. Hold on to what you believe, even if it is a tree which stands by itself. Hold on to what you must do, even if it is a long way from here. Hold on to life, even when it is easier letting go. Hold on to my hand, even when I have gone away from you.”

─ Pueblo Blessing


“Sorrow comes in great waves...but rolls over us, and though it may almost smother us, it leaves us. And we know that if it is strong, we are stronger, inasmuch as it passes and we remain.”

─ Henry James


Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.

─ Psalm 30:5 (KJV)


The Scott Family wishes to extend sincere gratitude to the Attic Angel Staff, caregiver and good friend Diann Danielson, and Bristol and Agrace Hospices for their kindhearted, supportive care of our mother.  Memorial contributions may be made to Attic Angel ( or any organization of your choice, preferably associated with animals in need or PBS Wisconsin.

Cress Funeral & Cremation Service

3610 Speedway Road  Madison

(608) 238-3434



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