Helen Scott, a McIntosh community elder who turned 90 in December, was honored March 22 at the Georgia Capitol when state Rep. Al Williams, D-Midway, read House Resolution 1808 honoring her on the floor.
With an audience of House dignitaries and staff, Scott, wearing red and white, and a tiara, smiled as she listened to Williams read her resolution.
It cited Scott’s devotion, patience and understanding that were the foundation for her family — including her husband, the late Normal Scott Sr., and 11 children.
The resolution spoke to how the lifetime Liberty County resident inspired others through her work and education. Even as a girl, she would help classmates learn how to read and count. As an adult, she worked as a Liberty County School System Title I representative and a teacher’s aide at Liberty Elementary School. Also, Scott started the Holmestown community summer lunch program. She worked with children for 18 years before retiring.
Scott’s faith and activity for St. Peter’s AME Church in Midway were also noted.
Williams commended how she and her husband raised what the lawmaker called open-minded and culturally sensitive children. Her family includes those born into it and others from Thailand, Korea, Canada, Tanzania, Democratic Republic of Congo, Puerto Rico, El Salvador, Panama, Mexico and Germany.
Williams admired how Scott, a lady of meager beginnings, raised, along with her spouse, children and their offspring, who have flourished.
He noted that they attended or graduated from higher institutions of learning around the nation, including Georgia Tech, Morehouse College, University of Alabama and Loyola University. He said their careers have ranged from medical professionals and a United Nations official to engineers, military officers and to craftsmen.
Williams concluding by saying that Scott, a "distinguished gentlewoman," has inspired and helped many, including Williams himself when he was first elected to the House.