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Carolyn Scott

Oct 4th, 1948 - May 20th, 2024

Funeral Ceremony: 11 a.m. on Friday, May 24, 2024, at Frank & Bright Funeral Home in Flora

Interment: Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Orchardville

Visitation: 6-8 p.m. on Thursday evening at the funeral home


      Carolyn Twinkle Thompson Scott, 75, passed from the earthly world to heaven above early on Monday, May 20th, 2024.

      Carolyn was born October 4th, 1948, in a small Quonset Hut her father had built on the west side of Flora.  She would later pass away at home in the house her father had built just 100 feet away from where she started life.  Whenever her dad first saw her, he said she was the Twinkle in his eye, so he gave her the middle name of Twinkle.  Carolyn was welcomed into this world by a big brother, Ronnie, and her parents, Burrell and Carrie Thompson.  At 9 years old, the family welcomed a baby brother, Marty.  Growing up, her mother taught her many things, such as cooking, sewing, and writing poetry, while her dad taught her to be a hard worker and showed her what true love was by being an excellent husband to her mom. 

      She excelled in school and made many friends with her wonderful smile and kind heart.  As she attended Flora High School, that smile and kind heart would attract the attention of a dark-haired boy with beautiful green eyes, Ronald William Scott.  When she was 16, that older boy decided he couldn’t go through life without her, so he asked for her hand in marriage.  Although she dreamed of being a nurse, Carolyn put that behind her to accept his offer, and they wed in the summer.

      Unfortunately, there was a war going on across the globe in a small country, Vietnam.  Therefore, after just a few years of married life, Ron got drafted, like many young men, and had to go and serve his country.  When he had been granted some R&R to Hawaii, Carolyn flew out to see him.  But she didn’t come home empty-handed; 9 months after the visit, their 1st of 3 boys was born, Tyler William Scott.  After Ron's tour of duty ended, they started to make a life for themselves.  Moving from Flora to Rockford, they kept plugging away at life, and on May 25, 1974, they brought Clayton Joshua Scott home from the hospital.  Eventually, they moved back to Flora to be closer to family, welcoming Ryan Adam Scott into the family just a few years later.  They worked and provided for their family as best they could.  All was well until the fateful day in November of 1981.  There had been an accident at the construction site Ronnie was working at, and Carolyn soon found herself a widow with three boys to take care of.  Using the skills taught by her parents, she worked hard and tried to teach the boys all she could while showing them how to love and what real love looks like.

      Carolyn did her best to provide these boys with as good a life as possible being a single parent.  She took them to museums and on vacations all over America.  All along, teaching them to respect the smaller things in life while going on nature hikes and watching a beautiful sunset.  As time progressed, her love of the arts beckoned her to move to West Virginia to attend photography school.  When they returned, she worked at a studio in Newton, and after Tyler had joined the Army, she moved to Olney.  In 1991, an opportunity arose to own a small diner in Flora.  Tyler, being out of the Army, discussed it with Carolyn and moved back to run Julians.  Carolyn was right there helping her son in any way she could.  During this time, Clayton would graduate and join the Army, and Ryan would graduate a few short years later and take over Julians. 

      Soon after, she teamed up with a friend in Olney and opened a bookstore.  With the big chain stores and the internet selling books cheaper than she could buy them, she closed the bookstore and went to Julians, helping her children once again to live their dreams.

      After her dad passed away, Carolyn decided she needed to come back to Flora and help her mother as she was getting older and needed someone to watch over her until she passed.  Nevertheless, she still came to Julians every day and helped in whatever way was needed, eventually settling into the position of answering the phone and taking orders.  Carolyn would continue holding this role until three weeks before her death.  She loved talking to the customers and getting hugs from them; the customers all grew to call her mom and showered her with all the love she deserved.

      At her passing, her three sons had granted her eight grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and two bonus grandchildren, one from Brazil and one from Italy.  Her love for books never subsided, and she had a collection that most book lovers would envy, eventually turning a storage building into a personal library.  She loved anything that was the color red and often responded with ‘because it’s red’ when asked ‘Why did you buy that?’.  She also enjoyed anything with stars on it and truly embraced her middle name, Twinkle.  She will be missed by many, but those who loved her most know that she is back with the love of her life and her parents, and they take comfort in that.

      She is survived by her three sons: Tyler (Carrie) Scott of Yale, Michigan, Clayton Scott of Olney, and Ryan (Angie) Scott of Flora; 8 grandchildren: Desirae (Chris) Cavataio, Blain (Kyrsti) Scott, Chase (LeeAnn) Scott, Olivia Scott, Drew (Mikaela) Scott, Christopher (Brianna) Scott, Paige Allison Scott, and Mariah Danielle Scott; 5 great-grandchildren: Aiden, Connor, Ulysses, Jaxton, and Laney; bonus grandchildren: Pedro Athayde Mendoza and Alessia Barborini; and a brother: Marty (Nancy) Thompson.

      She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and a brother: Ronnie Blanford.

      A funeral ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 24, 2024, at Frank & Bright Funeral Home in Flora.  Interment will follow in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Orchardville.  A visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday evening at the funeral home.  Memorial donations are preferred to either Elm Street Christian Church in Olney or Sew Nifty Sisterhood Quilt Guild, and these will be accepted through the funeral home.  To share a condolence or memory, visit:


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Artdean, Angelia Warren

May 20th

Ryan,Angie &family, so sorry about Carolyn passing. Please know your in our thoughts and prayers. Carolyn was an amazing lady, she will be truly missed.

Donald Fry / Sheery Evilsizer

May 21st

sorry for your loss she will be missed allways a hard working lady and done a fine job rasing all her kids .sending prayers and hug for you all.andbeing there for each other.

Debbie Casell

May 21st

Ryan, Tyler, and Clayton; My condolences to you at the passing of your Mom. I always admired her for being a young widow and raising three little boys on her own and doing such a wonderful job of it. She was so proud of you, her grandchildren, and great grandchildren! After Cas passed, she sat and talked with me about losing your Dad. Her face lit up and her eyes had a twinkle as she spoke of him with love and memories. She hugged me and said she knew what I was going through. So when I heard she had passed, my first thoughts were she left this life with a peaceful heart knowing her boys were fine young men and she knew they would be okay. The other thought was after so, so many years she was able to see your Dad again and get a much awaited hug. That thought makes me smile. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your families. ❤️

Wanda harrell

May 21st

She will be Missed by many. May God comfort as only he can.

Leona McDowell

May 21st

Bill an Linda McKinney

May 21st

So sorry , Carolyn will be deeply missed by all who knew her , We were friends with she and Ronnie for years , love and prayers to her family !!

Gary & Debbie Perry

May 21st

Carolyn will be missed. A friend for many years. Sorry for your loss.

Debby Devore

May 21st

Ryan and family, So sorry to hear of Carolyn's passing. She was a wonderful woman and I know she'll be missed!

John & Lisa Haycock

May 21st

So sorry to hear of this news. Your mom was a special lady to so many in our community. Always so sweet and cheerful. So many will miss her. Keeping you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.

Tom Burrows

May 21st

I am so sorry to hear Carolyn passed away. I always remember how she was dedicated to her family, and the love she had for her sons.

Marilyn Troester

May 21st

Carolyn was a beautiful person. I so enjoyed when we were in Sunday school class together. She enjoyed her time worshipping the Lord. Ladies Day at Oil Belt will never be the same. I am going to miss her sweet, gentle spirit.

Lynn Burgener

May 22nd

Ryan& family. So sorry to hear that she passed away. Even though we had not seen each other in over 50 years we shared memories in between her phone calls at Julians. I will miss those chats.

Rhesa Eckelberry

May 21st

So sorry for your loss. She was a sweet lady.. Love & Prayers

Judy Lusk

May 22nd

Ryan and Angie and all of Carolyns family. I am so sorry for your loss. She never really knew me, but I felt like I knew her. I always admired her strength and her spirit. My daughter and I saw her nearly every time we went to Julians. She raised a fine family, and always wanted to help in the restaurant. I think it made her feel good to do what she could. All of the family are in my prayers asking God to comfort you all during this difficult time.

John, Brandii, and Brianna newby

May 22nd

Vince Guerrettaz

May 22nd

Such a beautiful soul! May she rest in peace in Heaven.

cindy valbert

May 22nd

What a wonderfully written obituary of a life well lived. I thought a lot of your sweet mom and sure will miss her. My most sincere condolences.

Becky Lewis

May 22nd

Ryan, Angie & all Carolyn's beloved family, my thoughts & prayers are with you at this time. I also will miss her so much, she always recognized my voice when I would call to order for pickup, amazing. My parents were acquaintances of her parents & we bonded over that. Praying thar the Lord will wrap you all in His loving comfort

Alicia Westjohn

May 22nd

So sorry for your loss. She was a wonderful lady who was a hard worker.

Marsha Nicholas

May 22nd

Billy and Candy Harrell

May 23rd

To all of the Scott family Thank you for sharing your Mother. The obituary was a wonderful read and we learn even more we did not know. Sending prayers and condolences from Texas.

Dorothy Uebinger

May 23rd

Carolyn was a very sweet lady. When I'd call and order a half order of catfish on a bun she would always know who I was. I 'm going o miss her. Rest in peace Carolyn.

Barb and Bruce Brown

May 23rd

We are sorry you lost your precious mother. She was a sweet lady and it is Heavens gain. God Bless your family and the employees.

Walter J. Chaney

May 23rd

Condolences to her family!

Tara Brown

May 23rd

So very sorry to lose such a wonderful lady! Momma will be missed so much and by so many. I was both lucky and honored to have had her in my life for so many years, so many that we became more family than friends. Ryan, Tyler, and Clayton I send all my love to you and your families. You know if there is anything at all I can do, I am and will always be, here for you all. Love to each and every one of you! RIP Momma! I will never forget you and I will always love you!

Joe & Linda Jones

May 23rd

So sorry for your loss she was a very sweet lady always enjoyed talking to her. She will truly be missed. So many great memories. Prayers , love and hugs to you all.

Steve and Linda Spicer

May 24th

What a special lady! She had such a pleasant personality. She will be greatly missed!

Cheryl Headlee

May 24th

So sorry to hear of Carolyn’s passing. Though I taught Language Arts for several years, she could put me to shame with her vast knowledge of books. Fun to compare thoughts on them though. She was obviously a loving mother and grandmother and I’m sure the family will miss her very much. Hope you derive some comfort from knowing she is with her husband and friends now.

Mike and Sharon Gray

May 23rd

We always enjoyed visiting with Carolyn at Julian's when we ate there. She was a wonderful lady and will be missed by everyone. Prayers of comfort for all the family and friends.

Donna Washburn

May 24th

I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Carolyn. I met her at my niece ‘s wedding to Carolyn’s grandson, Drew. She loved him so much and spoke with such pride and adoration which I’m sure she felt the same for all her grandchildren. I’m sure she will be sorely missed. May her memory be a blessing.

Lynne & Fred Gocey

May 24th

Very sorry for your loss. I will miss talking with her at Julian’s and Quilt Guild

Tom & Jean Blakney

May 25th

So sorry to hear of Carolyn’s passing. She was the sweetest lady and raised the sweetest boys!! She will be missed for sure, but is at peace now. Prayers to the family!!

Terry Igert

May 26th

I'm very sorry to hear Carolyn passed!!! She will be missed!!!

Terry Igert

May 26th

I am so upset to see that Carolyn passed!! It won't be the same without her!!! You have Rick and my deepest sympathies!!!

Tammy Reneé' Harris

May 28th

I am so sorry to hear about Carolyn's passing. I am just now seeing the obituary or I would have come to the funeral home. She was such a sweet lovely lady that I called my friend. My prayers are with you. Tyler ... I would have loved to see you. May God heal your hearts, knowing she is with Jesus!



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