Beverly Scott Dunston, died on 07/11/2011.
Family and friends are invited to attend the viewing on Friday, July 15, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Bethany Baptist Church, 275 W. Market St., Newark, N.J. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 16, at 9:30 a.m. at Bethany Baptist Church. For information and directions, please contact the church at (973) 623-8161 or the funeral director, J. Foster Phillips of Queens, N.Y., at (718) 526- 5656. Another memorial will be held Sunday, July 24, at 3 p.m. at The Windham Congregational Church, 26 Harington Rd., Windham, Vt. (at the corners of Windham Hill Road and Harrington Road) in Windham, Vt. For information on the Vermont memorial, please contact (802) 874-4428.
Beverly N. Dunston Scott, 80, of Windham, Vt., departed this life on July 11, 2011. Active in the Newark, N.J., community, Dr. Scott was the "first lady" of Bethany Baptist Church under the stewardship of Reverend Dr. James A. Scott, pastor emeritus. She taught at Rutgers University and served as an associate dean, retiring in 1993 as professor emerita. She worked with many health planning agencies and created a church-wide, interdenominational agency to involve Christian lay people in public education. She was a prime mover in bringing hospice to urban communities, such as Jersey City, N.J., and Newark, N.J. She assisted in developing plans for a church-sponsored primary school. A constant advocate for home and international missions, she worked with homeless shelters, involved Bethany Baptist Church in outreach to public housing communities, spearheaded fights against high school drop-outs by creating a GED program, advocated for teen mothers, and helped launch workshops for home ownership, financial planning, insurance and computer literacy. Dr. Scott traveled extensively, visiting 54 countries. As president of several international church organizations, she encouraged them to donate money for the digging of wells, recruited short-term health professionals to share their expertise and helped Bethany church generate monies for a leprosy colony in India. As an advocate for women, she participated in a dialogue of religious leaders at the Vatican in 2000. She was vice-president of American Baptist Churches; president of Lott Carey Foreign Mission Society (Women's Division) and the North American Baptist Union and a member of the general board of Baptist World Alliance. A 1952 graduate of Bucknell University, she served on its board of trustees. Beloved by members of Bethany Baptist Church, where she and her husband served for 37 years, the Scotts retired in 2000 and moved to Vermont. She leaves to mourn, her husband; two daughters, Lindal, an attorney residing in South Orange, N.J., and Kimberly, an associate professor at Arizona State University; two granddaughters, Jillian and Zuri; a sister-in-law, Eleanor; a son-in-law, Ronald, and many relatives and friends.
The family requests, in lieu of flowers, that you consider providing a donation in Dr. Scott's name to the Bethany Baptist Church Scholarship Fund.
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