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Dorothy (Phelps) Scott (1910-1978)

Highlights of History from The Whitehorse Star

The Whitehorse Pioneer Cemetery

The Whitehorse Star - Wednesday, November 8, 1978

Obituary: Dorothy Scott, 1978

    A lifelong Yukoner, Dorothy Scott, died last Friday at her home in Whitehorse. She was 68 years old.

    She was born Dorothy Phelps, the daughter of Hannah and Willard L. Phelps, Whitehorse lawyer and early day territorial councillor, later owner of the Yukon Electrical Company.

    She attended school in Whitehorse and was also well known in Carcross where she and the family spent their summers. She graduated from high school in Whitehorse, then went to the University of British Columbia where she graduated in 1933 in public health nursing.

    Upon returning to the Yukon, she worked as a nurse for two years in Whitehorse General Hospital.

    It was in 1935 that she married a former classmate from the Whitehorse school, John Scott. They moved to Mayo, where her husband was a mining engineer with Livingston Werneke at Treadwell Yukon mine. They lived at the Elsa mine until 1941.

    Then came a move to Juneau, Alaska, where John Scott was with the Alaska Juneau Gold Mine Co. until 1946. That year, mining was re-activated in Elsa with the formation of United Keno Hill Mines, and the couple returned to the Yukon. A year later they were in Whitehorse where they have been ever since.

    Dorothy Scott was intensely interested in Yukon history and had an extensive collection of Yukon books and memorabilia. She was a member of the Graduate Nurses' Club, the University Women's Club, the local museum and the Gamma Phi Beta sorority. But her main interest was in her family.

    In 1940 her son Mike was born in Mayo, and in 1945 her second son, Bill, was born in Vancouver.

    This week family and friends have gathered to express their grief at her death. In accordance with her wishes, there will be no funeral.

    She leaves her husband John Scott of Whitehorse, sons Mike of Whitehorse and Bill of El Cerrito, California, brother John Phelps of Vancouver, nephew Willard Phelps of Whitehorse, and five grandchildren.