Gladys Marie Scott


April 7, 1923 - November 13, 2012



Gladys Marie Scott was the oldest of four children born at the family homestead to Henry and Marie (Paulsen) Schlund on April 7, 1923, six miles north of Mt. Vernon. She went to country school through eighth grade then attended the boarding school, Woonsocket High, because there was no bus service to Mt. Vernon at the time. She graduated in 1940.

In 1942 Gladys completed the two-year Normal Teaching Course at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, then taught at Victor Country School northwest of Mt. Vernon. 

Gladys married Wally Scott October 2, 1942. Last month they celebrated their 70th anniversary. They lived on the farm northeast of Mt. Vernon and raised cattle, hogs and chickens.  At 30 cents a dozen, Gladys’ egg income totaled $108.00 per month, which bolstered her teaching salary of $72.50. Each Monday morning during the school year winter, Wally would restart the fire in the schoolhouse stove for heat through the following Friday.

Gladys always considered herself a country girl, but in 1950 she and Wally moved their young family to town to help Wally’s father in the International Harvester business and where Gladys helped grow the business as bookkeeper and through other supportive roles. They purchased the vacant Bailey Rooming House and Gladys eventually refinished all the woodwork and otherwise “restored” the old house where they raised their six children.

Gladys was never idle. She enjoyed school, sewing, gardening, quilting, canning, baking, painting, swimming, mowing the lawn and doting on grandchildren. She wrote an extensive family memoir.  She was active in Friendship Bible Study, church groups, PTA, and the numerous school and 4-H activities that her children were involved in.  She often co-directed elaborate church basement bridal showers and other celebrations.  She was generous with her time and smiles and maintained her kind, sweet, light-hearted spirit right up to her death.

In 1962 Wally and Gladys assumed ownership of the Mitchell IH business but maintained residence in Mt. Vernon. They moved to Mitchell in 1982 after their children had all graduated from high school.

Left to share Gladys’ memory are Wally, her loving husband of 70 years, 6 children: Robert (Sharon) Scott, Mary Ellen (Paul) Connelly, Marjorie (Delmar) Goldhammer, Joan “Jo” (Pat) Cannon, Janet Scott, and John (Debra) Scott; 13 grandchildren: Chris (Tehra), Dave (Bryn), Nick (Kara) and Rob (Jolene) Scott; Alex (Mandra), Sam (Shelley), and Liz Connelly, Suzie (Dave) Munce, and Maggie (Jeff) Oliver; Sarah (Emiel) Gregor and Patrick Cannon, Mike (Nicole) Scott and Kara (Nick) Shawd;   21 great-grandchildren, her sisters, Elaine Erickson and Lois (Delvin) Feistner and brother, Bill Schlund, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, great-granddaughter Elle Scott, sister-in-law Bonnie Schlund, and brother-in-law James Erickson.




Many thanks for the kindhearted care of Pastor Mindy Ehrke,

Dr. Lucio Margallo, nurses and care givers at Avera Hospital.



Friday, November 16, 2012
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
Prayer Service ~ 7:00 PM
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Saturday, November 17, 2012
10:30 AM
Salem Lutheran Church
Mount Vernon, South Dakota


Mount Vernon Cemetery
Mount Vernon, South Dakota

Posted by Barry, Kathleen and Lindsay Taplin on November 17, 2012
Our thoughts and prayers are with you Uncle Wally , during these trying days. May the entire family never forget all the loving memories, over the years, as together you celebrate the full life of a cherished loved one.
Posted by Rose Arlene Taplin on November 16, 2012
Dear Uncle Wally and family, How much our hearts are with you
these days in losing Aunt Gladys. I have treasured memories of
times you came to see us in Illinois and even in FL when you came to see Aunt Lila. She was a special aunt and a loving person to all of us. So glad all of you c'd be there at the last.
May you feel the care of God....and of all of us now. Love and care, Rose
Posted by Mike and Sandy Cannon on November 15, 2012
So sorry for your loss. May she rest in the Peace of Christ forever
Posted by Tim, Suzanne, & family on November 15, 2012
We are sorry to hear of your loss. We will keep the Scott family in our thoughts and prayers.
Posted by Ed Cannon on November 15, 2012
The entire Scott family is in our thoughts and prayers. She was a gracious and special woman and her memories will be precious for all of you.


Ed and Judy Cannon and family
Posted by Willie and Kay on November 14, 2012
Extending our deepest sympathy. Keeping the family in our prayers.
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