Eva Scott passed peacefully on March 28, 2019 and joyfully met her Lord and Savior. She was reunited with her son, Tom; grandson, Cameron; parents Willie and Ethel Fleming; and siblings Billy and Nell Ray.
Eva was a pharmacist, businesswoman, legislator, and newspaper publisher. The cornerstones of her life were her faith, her family, her community, and her foundational beliefs in the sanctity of life and our God granted liberties.
A child of two teachers, Eva spent most of her life in Amelia County. Born on May 6, 1926, she grew up on her family farm where she worked side by side with her father learning life lessons and a strong work ethic. She excelled academically and was an avid athlete and went on to attend Longwood College and then pharmacy school at Medical College of Virginia.
The following year, Eva married Leander Scott, the boy she had written about in her diary when she was thirteen years old. Leander began opening pulpwood yards in various counties and she owned and operated Scott’s pharmacy, keeping it open fourteen hours a day, six days a week. After the third of their five children were born, they bought a farm and Eva joined Leander in his growing businesses.
Beginning in 1972, Eva served four consecutive two-year terms as delegate in the Virginia General Assembly, despite redistricting issues. She became the first woman elected to the Virginia State Senate in 1979, where she served a single term. Eva was a true conservative with a firm belief in limited government. While in office she limited the amount of donations that could be contributed to her campaigns because she did not want to be indebted to her contributors. She wanted to be committed to her beliefs and the needs of her constituents. She read the bills before voting on them and her votes were based on sound constitutional, fiscal and moral judgments. Eva remained active in the local and state Republican parties and various conservative organizations throughout her life. Always the humble servant, she still devoted herself to helping her former constituents and communities when assistance was needed.
In 2013 she was honored by the Library of Va., as “A Virginia Woman In History “.
Eva was an advocate for children and education. Concerned with the intrusion of the Federal Government into local school systems, Eva and Leander helped found the Amelia Educational Foundation. Amelia Academy opened its doors in 1964. Whether behind the scene or in the forefront, she has been a force for the stability and growth of the school. A board member and strategic planner for many decades, her financial commitment to and work for the school will continue as her legacy.
Eva leaves behind her beloved husband of over three score and a decade. She led an accomplished life, made more so by the husband who supported her in everything she wanted to do. Their partnership was absolute, as she did the same for him. Her children who will miss her everyday are Jo Anne Webb (Jim), Rebecca Bogese (Jimmy), Lanny (Tammy), and William (Stacy). Her surviving grandchildren are Michael, Alex, Stirling, Trey, Tom, Tiffany, Lee, and Clay and there are also five great-grand children.
Visitation and Service will be at the Amelia Academy gymnasium, 8741 N. Five Forks Road, Amelia, Va. Visitation, Sunday, April 7 from 2-6 pm. Funeral, 11:00, Monday, April 8 with graveside at Amelia Presbyterian Church. Lunch to follow graveside at Amelia Academy. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to Amelia Academy, 8741 N. Five Forks Road, Amelia, Va. 23002.