Celebrating the Life of
Gertrude Ida Scott
March 24, 1925 — May 11, 2015
Sunday, May 24, 2015 • 2 p.m.• Newberg Friends Church
Gertrude Ida (Sauter) Scott passed away on May 11, 2015, at the age of 90 at Friendsview Retirement Center. She was born in Carson, North Dakota, at the family home on March 24, 1925, to Jacob J. Sauter and Mary (Hintz) Sauter. She was one of 11 siblings. She attended elementary school in Carson. The family attended Carson Congregational Church, where she accepted the Lord and was confirmed at the age of 13.
Following graduation from 8th grade, Gertrude worked on the family farm for four years. At 18 years of age she moved to Portland with two cousins, where she moved in with her older sister Lydia and shared an apartment together. She got a job at Janzen’s Knitting Mills where she remained employed until she got married.
Gertrude met Norman through correspondence. Norman was in the military stationed in Hawaii. He received a letter from his sister Esther in St. Maries, Idaho, saying she had met a real nice Christian girl and suggested that he write to her. So he did. She wrote back, and they continued corresponding for 18 months. They actually met when he returned home in February 1946 and were married on May 8, 1946. They lived in Longview, Washington, from 1946 to 1961. Their first child, Charles (Chuck), was born in February 1947 and a daughter, Sandra, born in May 1951.
Gertrude and Norm built a house together in Longview. While they lived in Longview, she was a stay-at-home mom. She successfully petitioned the Longview City Council to build a foot bridge over the drainage canal so her kids could walk to school safely and also to get their street paved. After that the family moved and lived in the Kent/Federal Way area from 1961 through 1998. After being a homemaker, Gertrude sold Avon for a few years. Following that she sold real estate until she and Norm retired in 1989.
After retirement they spent several years in Idaho at Shiloh Ranch as well as caring for Norm’s parents, who lived in St. Maries, Idaho, and snow-birded to Arizona a couple of years. They purchased a condo in Sun City, Arizona, and one in Newberg, Oregon, and divided their time between the two, until 2013, when they sold their condo in Arizona.
Gertrude was preceded in death by her parents, three infant siblings, two brothers, one sister and one great grandchild. She is survived by husband Norman Scott, son Chuck (Karen) Scott, and daughter Sandra (Alvin) Bartsch; two sisters, Emma Sauter, Florence (Gus) Sheldon and two brothers, Clarence (Glenna) Sauter, and Edwin (Bev) Sauter; nine grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.