Maria Cruz Llantada Scott, 87, passed away on February 8th, 2023 after a long and brave fight from the effects of congestive heart failure and multiple myeloma.
Maria was born on September 14, 1935 to Roberto Llantada and Margarita Menchaca-Llantada in Cebu, Philippines. Mari-Cruz grew up on a sugar plantation in San Carlos, Negros and also in Manila, Philippines. This included the time when the Japanese occupied the Philippines during WWII. She graduated from Mary- Knoll College in 1957 and went on to work for TWA (TransWorld Airlines) in Manila. Maria spent a life devoted to caring about others. After her passing we found a prayer card in a missal book from Mary Knoll College which she kept with her. It was a prayer to St. Therese asking for childlike faith to see the Face of God in the people and experiences of her life and to do good on earth. Anyone that knew her would agree she lived by this faith.
She met Howard N. Scott, in 1958, while he was stationed at the US Embassy in Manila with the US Marines and began an exciting life of travel and adventures with the love of her life – “Howie”. Maria and Howard went on to have 3 children, John, Philip, and Ann Marie, all born in Syracuse, NY. Maria was a devoted wife and mother following Howard to Manila and San Carlos in the Philippines, Saigon, Vietnam, Central Square, NY, Medina, Ohio, Columbia, Maryland, Ames, Iowa, Murfressboro, TN, and then in later years South Hero, VT and finally Noblesville, IN.
Maria, “Lola” to her grandchildren, is survived by her husband of 63 years, Howard N. Scott, children, John W. Scott (Laurie Scott, spouse), Philip Scott (Patricia Scott, spouse), Ann Scott Wingrove (Jim Baecher, life partner), grandchildren Erin Bailee Stump (Karl Stump, spouse), Jon Scott (Tanja Scott, spouse), Marissa Endres (Tommy Endres, spouse), Cameron Scott, Anna Scott, Zachary Wingrove, Blake Wingrove, and great grandchildren Justus Stump and Isabella Scott.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, April 1, 2023 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Cicero, IN. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the “Maria Scott Memorial Fund” (c/o Ann Wingrove, 19228 Chestnut Grove Lane, Noblesville, IN 46062). This fund which will be used for the education of less fortunate children of the workers of Hacienda Refugio, the farm where Maria grew up and attended elementary school with the children of the workers after WWII.