Virginia Clista Scott passed away peacefully in her home in the early hours of Aug. 20, 2021, at the age of 93 surrounded by family.
Born Oct. 2, 1927, in Merced, Calif., she was the daughter of George and Elsie Johnson. In October 1932, her family, with her grandparents, packed their belongings and moved to the Mariposa mountains due to the Great Depression.
Virginia attended and graduated from Colorado Grammar School in the spring of 1941. While attending Mariposa County High School, she met her husband of 61 years, Walter “Walt” Scott.
She won the senior class journalism award and the Star Athlete Award, which was the highest athletic award offered to a female. She was just the second in high school history to be given this award as a senior. She graduated from Mariposa High School in 1945.
They left high school facing war and a lot of hard work by all. Virginia started working at the Mariposa Bank of America right out of high school. After several long months of waiting for classmates and the love of her life to come home from World War II, she received an engagement ring for Christmas. They got married in June,1946.
Following their marriage, they had their first daughter, Susan, in 1948 and in 1950 they had their second daughter, Karen. It was at that point that they moved to their first home on Bullion Street where they lived for 27 years.
They then had their youngest daughter, Julie, in 1957 and son Mark in 1961. She managed their bookkeeping for Scott Logging along with volunteering for the school and community service activities.
Fast forward to 1976, Walt and Virginia built their home in Jerseydale. She made the best blackberry pie! An avid gardener, canner of fruits and jams and enjoyed watching her 10 grandchildren participate in sports and rodeos. Then as her grandchildren started their families, she loved enjoying time with her (21) great-grandchildren.
She was a Native Daughter and treasurer of the Cathey’s Valley Historical Society, and assisted with the building of the Cathey family monument. She also volunteered at the Mariposa Museum and History Center and enjoyed going to yoga until 2019.
Virginia is survived by her brother, Dr. William Johnson (Leslie); sister Elizabeth “Betty” Long (Bill); daughter, Susie Lewis (Walt) of Mariposa; daughter, Karen Simmons of Mariposa; daughter Julie Fouch (Dean) of Mariposa; son Mark Scott (Christene) of Mariposa; grandson Mike Lewis (Fawn Gann) and great-grandchildren Garrett, Spencer and Bailey; granddaughter Cindy King (Dean) and great-grandchildren, Corissa, Dallin and Railyn; granddaughter Charlotte Romero (Carlos) and great-grandchild Chaz Goff; grandson Doug Goff (Tana) and great-grandchildren Tori and JT; granddaughter Katie Martin (Blair) and great-grandchildren, Brady and Eli; grandson Jesse Fouch (Hannah) and great-grandchildren Jensen, Gus, Poppy and Henry; grandson Cooper Fouch ( Jenny) and children Teague and Bodie; granddaughter Sarah Ebbens (Matt) and great-grandchildren Haley and Mason; grandson Mark “Punk” Scott (Carissa Eppley); granddaughter Shannon Scott ( Justin Sorensen) and great-grandchildren Slade and Sawyer. Virginia also has numerous nieces and nephews along with great nieces and nephews that she loved visiting.
She was preceded in death by the love of her life, Walter Scott; parents, George and Elsie Johnson; sister, Mary Massasso; sister, Mami Long; and son-in-law Paul Simmons.
At Virginia’s request, there will be no funeral or memorial service. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Mariposa Museum and History Center or charity of choice.