Clipper Staff Writer
BOUNTIFUL — There were two birthday cakes, one with little plastic horses on it to honor Jerry Scott on her 100th birthday Friday, Aug. 23.
“She loves horses,” daughter Jeri Panek said.
Scott is a resident of Bountiful’s Life Care Center, that hosted the party in the facility’s dining room. Many residents, friends and family members attended to sing “Happy Birthday,” and share some cake and ice cream.
Scott, a naturally quiet woman, repeatedly thanked those at the party and the center’s staff.
“I don’t think I’ve done much,” Scott said. “It’s been a great life, a hard one but a good one.” She said she’d never had a big party like the one she had Friday.
When Scott turned 50, “I thought I’m a half of 100, but it’s worked out I’m still here,” she said. “So far, I don’t think he (God) wants me.”
Scott was decked out in a black sweater, with a red corsage. A center staff member brought in a tiara she wore in her hair for the occasion.
Panek and her sister Judy Hirsch would disagree that their mother hasn’t done much.
“She always loved to crochet,” Panek said. “She’s probably crocheted thousands of lap robes and baby blankets that she gave to hospitals.” Often the baby blankets were given to the parents of stillborn infants so they’d have something nice to wrap the baby in, Panek said.
“She’s the most wonderful mother anybody ever had,” Hirsch said.
Scott was born and raised in Salt Lake City. She has two sisters and a brother who are still alive. In addition to her two daughters, she has four grandchildren.
Scott spent much of her youth in Ogden, where her uncle had a dairy. Back then, milk was delivered by horse and carriage.
Scott’s fond remembrances of the farm prompted her to ask Panek a few weeks ago if they could take a ride to Ogden and look for the farm.
Scott’s memory of Ogden is as vivid as ever.
“She can’t see well, so she would ask me what street we were on, “ Panek said. “When I said 24th Street, she guided me up the hill to Baker Drive,” Panek said. “We found an iron gate and she told me that was where her uncle’s dairy was.”
Scott still loves to ride in cars. She always has and she liked to drive fast.
Scott belonged to the Silver Spurs Riding Club and rode horses in parades throughout the state.