Mildred D. Scott

Mildred D. ScottMildred D. Scott was born Dec. 10, 1926, to Willie and Lizzie Veal in Woodville, Miss. She was the second of seven children.

Mildred met and married Ezra L. Scott on April 8, 1950, in their hometown of Woodville. Her husband secured a job at the Naval Ordnance Test Station, China Lake. Mildred followed her husband to China Lake, following the birth of their first child, Darrell. They were blessed with two other children, Cynthia and Dwight.

Mildred was a devout Christian and was raised in the Baptist Church. She and Ezra reared their children in the admiration of the Lord. She became a founding member of Union Baptist Church, in Ridgecrest in 1952. Last year, when Union Baptist Church celebrated its 66th anniversary, she was honored as the last remaining founder.

Mildred’s life was full of service and caretaking. Her mother died when she was around 11 years old. She was the second girl, and her youngest brother, being two years old, thought she was his mother until he was old enough to understand their mother’s death. She was a caregiver. Mildred was led to develop a food basket and clothes closet distribution through the church. Her steadfast love of God and others finally lead her to become an ordained Evangelist.

When Mildred’s youngest child entered kindergarten in the early ’60s, she had the opportunity to return to work. She was employed as a food services worker for China Lake and Ridgecrest school districts. To advance her position, Mildred enrolled in additional educational courses, eventually leading to her promotion to manager. During this time, she was also involved in the Eastern Stars, an appendant body of the Masonic Fraternity whose teachings are based from the Bible. She was an active member of the community, always involving her family in activities at the All Faith Chapel and the school’s PTA and following her children and grandchildren in their sports and other extra-curricular activities.

She was a member the Ridgecrest Chapter of the NAACP. She organized the local youth chapter of the branch, which gave young adults the opportunity to travel and participate in legislative conferences that developed their awareness of student activism and civil rights. Mildred was a mother to all. You might walk into her home on any given day and find an extra mouth sitting at the table. When the children got old enough, if they needed a place to have a house party, her door was open. Upon retiring from her 20-year career in food services with Sierra Sands School District, she began taking care of foster children and providing daycare services.

Mildred was preceded in death by her loving parents Willie and Lizzie Veal; her devoted husband, Ezra Scott; and her siblings Beatrice Dunbar, Willie Veal Jr, Eugene Veal, Helen Corley and Lafayette Veal.

Mildred leaves behind to cherish her memory, her remaining brother, James (Anna) Veal; her children Darrell, Cynthia and Dwight (Scott); her nieces and nephews Larry (Diane) Veal, Dianetha, Constance and Samuel (Gee), Linda (Armstrong), Mickey (Williams), Raymond, Joanna (Jr. Whitehead) (Dunbar), Jacqueline, Gwendolyn and Larry, Glenda (Larry Gayden) (Veal), Beatrice (Veal), Gena, Lynette, Roderick, Lafayette and Ricky (Veal), Ivy and Michael (Veal); grandchildren; Tyrone, Cassandra, Dwayne (Natalia); Brennen, and Jonathan (Kiandra); great-grandchildren Esperanza, Solomon, Faith, Jaden, Declan, Bailey, Tristan, Ronyea and Marie-Anne and a host of extended family and friends.

— Submitted by the family of Mildred Scott

Story First Published: 2019-12-06