Joanne B. Scott

Feb 11, 2021
Joanne Scott

Rockport — Joanne Bruce Scott, a longtime resident of Rockport, passed away quietly Jan. 15, 2021, at Horizons Living and Rehab in Brunswick, where she was a resident for almost three years. She was 93 years old.

Joanne was born July 7, 1927, in Millinockett, the oldest child of Earl MacArthur Bruce and Bernice Rossiter Bruce. She made many trips to the Camden area throughout her childhood to visit maternal relatives.

Joanne graduated from Stearns High School in 1945 and attended the University of Maine at Farmington, where she majored in home economics and met her future husband, Harold M. Scott.

She held teaching positions in Houlton, and Newton, Mass., and completed a master’s degree in education at Simmons College before relocating to Scarsdale, N.Y.

She married “Scottie” in 1957 and eventually had two children, David and Sarah. Joanne had a 30-year teaching career at Scarsdale Junior High School, where she loved instructing both girls and boys to cook and sew, and shared her appreciation for hospitality, manners and smart fashion.

Indeed, across her lifespan, she always relished setting a beautiful table, entertaining friends with delicious food and flowers, and was affectionately known as “the hostess with the mostest.”

She was an active member of The Church of St. James the Less in Scarsdale, serving on the altar guild and the vestry.

The family spent summers enjoying homes in Rockport village and Dennysville. Friends and family from all over would come for visits filled with picnics, house and garden tours, and excursions along the coast.

When Joanne retired from teaching in 1987, she and Scottie retired to Rockport and made many friends through involvement in the Episcopal church, Habitat for Humanity, the Newcomer’s Club, the Rockport Boat Club, the Camden and Rockport Garden clubs, and other local organizations.

He predeceased her in 1991.

Joanne had a long and happy retirement, maintaining strong connections to a broad group of friends of all ages. She continued to love entertaining and bringing people together for companionship, celebration and nourishment. She will be missed for her warmth, expressiveness and ability to let others know they are loved and special.

Joanne is survived by her sister Phyllis Jean Gardner of Snellville, Ga.; brother Malcolm Bruce of Danvers, Mass.; son David Bruce Scott of Warren; daughter Sarah Scott Zell of Richmond; two beloved grandsons Tristan and Jonah Zell, and many nieces and nephews.

The family wishes to thank the many friends, caregivers and staff of Horizons Living and Rehab who helped her in her final years.

Donations may be sent in Joanne’s memory to the American Macular Degeneration Foundation ( A graveside memorial in Rockport is planned for this summer.

If you appreciated reading this news story and want to support local journalism, consider subscribing today.
Call (207) 594-4401 or join online at
Donate directly to keeping quality journalism alive at
Comments (0)
If you wish to comment, please login.
Note: If you signed up using our new subscriber portal, your username is the email address you registered with and your password is in all caps