FAREWELL: Mary Leila Scott is remembered for her pioneering and adventurous spirit.
FAREWELL: Mary Leila Scott is remembered for her pioneering and adventurous spirit. Contributed

Farewell to a true adventurer

FORMER Taroom resident, long-term nurse and lifelong adventurer, Mary Leila Scott passed away last month at the age of 103.

Beloved wife of Edgar (dec), dearly loved mother and mother-in-law of John and Amanda and much loved grandma of Olivia, Amelia, Sophia and John (Jack), Mrs Scott spent 1952-1970 running the household at Hornet Bank, Taroom.

Mrs Scott lived a life full of exploration and variety.

Born in Melbourne, Mrs Scott applied to Epworth Hospital in her early 20s and was accepted as a trainee nurse.

In 1939 she still had a year of training to complete when war was declared.

Mrs Scott signed up to the Nursing Corps within days of war being declared.

In 1941 she was called up to a military hospital in Melbourne where she worked for several months before being deployed to the Middle East on the ship Wanganella.

Leila continued nursing in the Army until 1947 and eventually took a job as a nurse on Pioneer, the bus company.

On a tour with Pioneer, she met her future husband, Edgar, in Alice Springs.

They married in 1952 before Edgar was asked to take over management of the family property, Hornet Bank.

Mrs Scott had many wonderful chapters to her life, which she lived to the fullest.


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