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Scott Issues Statement on Mother's Death

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Tallahassee, FL - November 14, 2012 - Today, Governor Rick Scott made the following statement on the passing of his mother, Esther Scott, at the age of 84. She died on Tuesday in her hometown of Kansas City, Mo., where she had been hospitalized since last month.

“My mom, Esther, was one of the only constants in my life. We moved many times and my parents struggled financially, but mom always made sure we went to school and we went to church. Those were not optional. My mom taught me that there is no limit to what you can accomplish if you put a lot of hard work behind your dreams. She was gracious and kind, and later in life, she was always up for another adventure. She wanted to keep traveling and see the world as much as she could. I am grateful to have had such an inspirational and loving mother who was a real example of living the American Dream. While she is already deeply missed by our family, she lives on in our hearts forever. Ann and I thank all of you who have sent your prayers, well wishes and encouragement for our family during this time of loss.”

A visitation of friends will be held from 6 – 8 pm CST on Friday, November 16th. The Celebration of Life Services will be held at 1:30 pm CST Saturday, November 17, 2012. Both services will be held at Good Shepherd United Methodist - 9555 N. Oak Trafficway, Kansas City, Mo. Graveside services will follow at Mount Moriah Terrace Park on Saturday. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Vistas Hospice Care - Research Hospital of Kansas City, Mo. or Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, also in Kansas City.


Tallahassee, FL - November 13, 2012 - The mother of Florida Gov. Rick Scott has died.

The governor said that his mother died Tuesday afternoon in her hometown of Kansas City, Missouri. She was 84.

Esther Scott got introduced to Floridians as part of Scott's maverick bid in 2010 for governor.

She appeared in campaign commercials touting her son as a "good boy" at a time when Scott was under attack by his political rivals. She was also a constant on the trail and showed up at rallies and campaign events.

Gov. Scott said she had a great life and lived the American dream. He noted that she was able to travel extensively after Scott became a successful businessman.

Esther Scott became ill last month and had been confined to a hospital due to an infection.


Tallahassee, FL, October 25, 2012 - Florida Gov. Rick Scott is canceling events on his schedule to be with his seriously-ill mother.

Scott on Twitter this morning asked Floridians to pray for his mother, Esther Scott. He said that she is battling an infection and is intensive care. She splits her time between Florida and Kansas City, Missouri.

Esther Scott was a mainstay on the 2010 campaign trail and was featured in a television ad where she told Florida voters that her son was a good boy.

A spokeswoman for Scott says the governor is canceling events planned for both Friday and Saturday. Those events include an afternoon press conference in Tampa as well as a phone meeting with U.S. Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner.

Scott gave a speech outlining his education agenda Friday morning.


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