Armelda Scott |

Armelda Scott

A celebration of life for Armelda L. “Mel” Scott will be conducted at 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 29, at the Nevada County Horsemen Club at Brunswick and Bubbling Wells Road in Grass Valley.

Mrs. Scott died Monday, March 13, at Siena Care Home in Auburn. She was 86.

She was born on Aug. 27, 1919, in Drumright, Okla., to Leonard Early Smith and Abbie Fox Smith. She spent her early years in Oklahoma and Texas and moved with her family in 1934 to Lancaster. In 1937 she married Thomas Traweek, and in 1945 moved with her two children to Grass Valley. She married Alec Scott in 1949. The family moved between Auburn and Grass Valley as Mr. Scott received promotions with PG&E. She was active in the PTA, the Newcomers, and Emmanuel Episcopal Church and St. Luke’s Episcopal Church where she was a youth group leader. In 1965 she opened the Threadneedle Shop in Auburn and remained part of the business community for 7 years. She was a talented painter, seamstress, and writer. Upon retirement in 1973, they moved to Flournoy and then to Corning as they developed a cattle business with their younger son. In 1985 they returned to Grass Valley where they remained until Mr. Scott’s death in 2003.

She is survived by her children Tom and Barbara Traweek of Arnold, Tamara and Ron Tobiassen of Grass Valley, Rebecca and Brian McIntyre of Pekin, Ill., and James and Kathy Scott of Sacramento; brother, Donald Smith of Oroville; sister, Dorothy Marshall of Oroville; nine grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Alec; brother, Howard Smith; and grandchildren Steven Traweek and James and Clair Cumbie.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

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