Obituary: Mary Lou Scott (Wagner)

77-year Claremont resident, beloved mother of five

Mary Lou Scott (Wagner), a 77-year resident of Claremont, died March 4, just a few weeks shy of her 97th birthday. She was a great light in her family’s life and was affectionately known as “Boo.”

Mary Lou was born on the first day of spring, March 21, 1926, to Hazel A. and Robert J. Wagner in Detroit, Michigan. “Mary was such a darling girl, her folks decided to have a second child, and four years later her beloved brother RJ was born,” her family shared.

The family soon migrated to warm, sunny Bel Air, California. There she attended the prestigious Marymount High School, where she was elected senior class president and graduated with high honors. She went on to UCLA, where she was a journalism major and English minor. She was also the rush chair for Kappa Alpha Theta, and in 2020 received the sorority’s diamond pin, recognizing her 75 years as a member.

Shortly after UCLA, the stars aligned and she met her lifelong love and future husband of 47 years, Albert S. Scott, Jr., at Smoke Tree Ranch in Palm Springs. They eloped on February 11, 1947, after having only known each other for four short weeks. “They went on to have a beautiful family of five children Doug, Shelley, Rosemary, Star and Lesley,” her family added. “Mary Lou was a kind, generous, devoted, and loving mother and enjoyed playing many rounds of bridge every month with her dear friends known affectionately as ‘the birthday girls,’ who were lifelong friends and whose children were also her friends.”

She was a telephone counselor for the Crystal Cathedral (now Christ Cathedral) in Anaheim and was a member of Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church since the 1970s.

Her greatest devotion was to her husband and family.

She was predeceased by her beloved husband Al, and her dear eldest daughter Shelley.

She is survived by her dear brother, Robert J. Wagner and sister in law Jill St. John; nieces Katie Wagner, Natasha Wagner and Courtney Wagner; son, Douglas A. Scott (Lisa); grandchildren Matthew Scott, Nicole Scott and Brandon Scott; daughters Rosemary Scott and Star Scott Stowell; grandchildren Steven Stowell, Sam Stowell and Sara Stowell; daughter Lesley Ann Scott Carr (Tom); Mary Jane Carr-Newman (Tyler); son-in-law Thomas Molton; grandchildren Kelley Rose Molton-Milton (Nick), Scott Thomas Molton (Kelley); and great-grandchildren Charlotte, Brooklyn, and Chloe Molton.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 20 at Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church, 435 N. Berkeley Ave., Claremont 91711. Burial will follow at Oak Park Cemetery, 410 Sycamore Ave., Claremont 91711.

In lieu of flowers Ms. Scott requested donations to her beloved girls Pomona Catholic High School, or by check to 533 W. Holt Blvd., Pomona CA 91768.


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