Kathleen L. Scott, 84, passed away November 15, 2014 at the Quality Care Assisted Living Center in Delta Junction, Alaska. She was born October 18, 1930 in a farmhouse in Vienna, Illinois to Horace and Marie Vaughn, sharecrop farmers. She was the last surviving of four siblings.
On November 17, 1951 in Paragould, Arkansas, she married Claude “Butch” Scott. They both worked as attendants at the Chicago State Hospital. Her beloved husband passed before her in 1980.
Kathleen, known as Kathy, travelled alongside her husband Butch while he trucked all over the continental United States. They lived in Florida and California. While in California, Kathy opened her first restaurant called the “Cherokee”.
In 1971 they moved north to Alaska. They settled in a place at the end of the Alaska Highway called Delta Junction, where the newly Delta Ag One project was being developed. Kathy and Butch built and opened the “Cherokee II” restaurant to serve the newly developing farming community of Delta Junction. The restaurant not only served hot meals and showers, but also served as a central communication site for businesses and farmers with their families. They had a trailer park out back.
In 1991 after 11 years of running the lodge by herself, Kathy retired and sold the business to Gary Schoening. Kathy moved down the road and built herself a small little one bedroom house and resided with her two beloved pet dogs, “Wooly” – a wolf dog and “Darro”, until she was forced to move due to declining health. Kathy was known for her spiritedness and fierce independence. She lived a short time at Eagles Wings Assisted Living in North Pole before moving to the new assisted living center in Delta Jct.
Kathy is survived by 10 nieces and nephews in the lower 48 States.
A private memorial service was held for her among close friends and residents at the Quality Care Center in Delta Junction on November 29th. She requested her remains be spread alongside her treasured pets as well as shared with her beloved “Butch” in their burial plot in Illinois.