Mary (Scotty) Jones, 95 died on Sunday, 15 May 2016 surrounded by family at Wheatland Memorial Healthcare in Harlowton, Montana. Mary Crawford “Scotty” Parsons was born 24 July, 1920 at Yale, Payne County, Oklahoma to Claude Pyett and Mary (Mae) Crawford Greenlees Parsons.
Scotty’s early years were spent living in the middle of an oil field near Yale. At that time, her father was a roustabout in the oil fields and she enjoyed spending time with him in the oil fields. Her father advanced and held many important distinguished positions in the oil industry, including a period of time in Washington DC. Her mother was a loving, intelligent highly spiritual person who Scotty admired greatly. Her experiences with her family, which included a younger sister, Peggy, greatly influenced Scotty throughout her life. When Scotty was ready for school, the family moved to Cyril, OK. At the age of 9, the family moved to Duncan, OK where Scotty attended high school and graduated in 1938. Scotty was independent and loved to travel. The family often went to New York City to visit family and they enjoyed vacations traveling all over the Western United States. Her father sometimes took Scotty on his business trips. Scotty, Peggy and their mother traveled to Scotland in 1929 to visit maternal relatives. During this experience, Scotty picked up a Scottish Burr and on returning to Oklahoma, she acquired the nickname Scotty. Scotty spent the summers of 1936 and 1937 bicycling around Europe with a group of 40 like-minded and adventurous youths. In later years she traveled to countries all over the globe. She once told her travel agent that she had gone around the world and now wanted to go somewhere even more interesting.
In 1938, Scotty enrolled at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York. She was told there were too many Mary’s and was asked if she had a nickname. She used Scotty, and that name has stuck ever since. Scotty graduated with a degree in French in 1942, including a summer of intensive study of French at Middlebury College in Vermont. Returning to Vassar on the New York Central Railroad after Christmas break of 1939, she met (by his lending her a copy of Life Magazine) a young man, Warren Baxter (Buck) Jones, returning to school at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire from his home in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. A romance developed and Scotty and Buck, who also spent summers on a ranch in Harlowton, Montana, were wed at her parent’s home in Duncan on 12 June, 1943. They had been married 65 years when Buck died in 2008.
After Buck’s discharge from the service, the young couple moved to the family ranch, Twodot Land and Livestock Co, founded in 1908, in Harlowton. Scotty and Buck raised 3 children, Pam the oldest, Bill and then Bob. After her children were all in school, Scotty returned to college. She earned her elementary teaching degree from Eastern Montana College and afterwards completed a Masters in Counseling. Scotty taught 6th grade in Big Timber for 11 years, retiring in the early 80’s. Scotty was a lifelong learner and always taking on challenges. In 1966 she earned a private pilot’s license, in the 70’s she became well versed in Astrology. Later, she tackled genealogy, publishing a book on her mother’s family, “A Greenlees Family’s Roots and Branches 1700-1996”. A thorough researcher, she accumulated extensive family records to be used by family to continue this work. In recent years, Scotty enjoyed doing difficult crossword puzzles, in ink. Scotty also loved music, particularly classical music and especially opera. She played piano, and made sure her children took piano lessons. As a result, all of the family has a keen appreciation for music. As she became less able to do ‘everything’, she enjoyed listening to music. One could hear music emanating from her room at Wheatland Memorial, when she moved there.
Buck and Scotty enjoyed watching their grandchildren compete in athletic events. They seldom missed a home contest, and attended tournaments in Billings and many track meets at Montana State University, Bozeman. They were proud of every achievement or effort, large and small.
In November of 2000 Scotty and Buck moved to Billings, close to MSUB campus. They enjoyed their Billings friends, attending church regularly at First Presbyterian Church, and occasionally taking classes. They took advantage of the opportunities that city living offered. In the spring of 2010 Scotty moved to Westpark Village, making new friends and enjoying new adventures. In January 2013, Scotty moved to Wheatland Memorial Healthcare in Harlowton where she resided near family and friends until her passing.
Scotty was an avid reader and always had several books in progress. Until 2012, she was still participating in book clubs and frequently recommended books she liked to others.
Scotty is survived by daughter Pam (Ed) Hahn of Billings, formerly of Hong Kong; sons Bill (Debbie) of Harlowton and Bob (Diane) of Harlowton; grandchildren Michael (Heidi) Hahn of Pueblo, CO & Baguio, Philippines, Amy (Jeff) Moore, Big Timber, MT, Ashley (Josh) Henigman, Bozeman, MT, Alli Jones, Harlowton, MT, Adam Jones (Christy Pletan) Harlowton, MT, Chris Hess & fiancé Stephanie Dana, Ennis, MT, Jenn (Jim) Perkins, Laurel, MT, Nicole (Chris) Pinkerton, Louisville, KY, Zachary (Shannon Agee) Jones Christchurch, New Zealand and Erin Jones (Eugen) Graf, Bozeman, MT; great grandchildren Kimberly Hahn, Razel and Eugene Graf V, Scotland and River Jones, Brady and Isaac Pinkerton, Jocelyn and Jimmy Perkins, Henry and Natalie Henigman, and Ava, Lila and Grace Moore; nephew Ted Holcomb and niece Claudia (Jack) Alwood and family of New Port Richey, Florida.
Scotty was predeceased by her husband Warren, her parents, her sister Peggy and brother-in-law Ted Holcomb and by her brother-in-law and sister-in-law Harry and Marjorie Jones Gustafson.
Our family would like to thank the staff of Wheatland Memorial Healthcare for their excellent care of Mom over the last 3 plus years.
Memorial Services will be announced and held at a future date.
In lieu of flowers, please send memorial donations to the First Presbyterian Church in Billings, 2420 13th St W, Billings, MT 59102; Federated Church, PO Box 716, Harlowton, MT 59036; the Upper Musselshell Historical Society, PO Box 364, Harlowton, MT 59036, or Wheatland Memorial Healthcare, PO Box 287, Harlowton, MT 59036., or the charity of your choice and they may be left with the Perkins Funeral Home, PO Box 313 Harlowton, MT 59036. Condolences for the family may be posted on-line at www.perkinsfuneralandcremation.com
Name: Stan Bayley
Comment: Condolences to Bill and the rest of the family. I especially enjoyed Scottie when she came to our worship services at West Park Village in Billings.
Name: Claudia Alwood
Comment: Our prayers and love go to all in the family on the death of Aunt Mary, "Scotty" as I have learned to call her. I am so very glad the families reconnected in Montana in the last five or so years and I hope the connection continues. Aunt Scotty was always loving remembered
as the courageous (to leave NYC and Duncan and go to the ranch and thrive), intelligent, traveling aunt who was seldom seen but still remembered. The trip to California when the cousins were small had us all swimming in the Sands pool, on the beach and at Disneyland. Grandpa Beep (Claude Parsons) made it all happen for us and exposed us to the world of art. A visit to the Harlowton Ranch in 1967 o'r '68 is a favorite memory with Bill taking the big city cousins around and good dinners by Aunt Scotty and Uncle Buck. In our two recent visits to
Harlowton, my favorite memories include include reconnecting with the cousins and meeting the next generation (plus introducing our sons Josh, Andrew and Ben to the cousins), and sharing memories Aunt Scotty had of biking in Europe as Hitler rose. She saw the Hitler Youth
in action. Those memories and the Cold War silo near the ranch were passed on to several years of students I taught, making history come alive. We will miss Aunt Mary, Scotty, and will stay in touch with the two generations of cousins.
Name: Tammy Long
Comment: A kind and patient lady, my 6th grade teacher '79-'80.
Name: Shannon Kirby
Comment: To all Scotty's family....what a sad day it was for me to read Scotty's obituary. I have such wonderful, fond memories of both Buck and Scotty. She was my 6th grade teacher, dedicated to teaching us Big Timber kids and making a long daily commute to do so was a further testament to her lifelong passion for learning. Over the years we stayed in touch and by God if we didn't run into each other many times at airports all over the country and we were traveling. I loved coming to visit them outside Harlo to fish. We always stopped in and just chatted. Both of the provided stimulating conversation and usually there was classical or sometimes opera music in the background. I admired their continued love of reading, learning, debate, discussion - both of them such intelligent, well read, well educated people who were also salt of the earth. I remember going to Buck's funeral in 2008 with my uncle, Tack Van Cleve....what a lovely tribute. I was able to see Scotty and give her my love and condolences at that time and it was so special to me to be able to do so. I will never forget either one of them - incredible people. Scotty truly shaped who I am today by being a great teacher - recognizing in me a spark and pushing me hard to excel and grow. She continued to fuel my fiery desire to learn and educate myself. As a result, I went on to get one of the finest educations I could have asked for in prep school and college on a wonderful scholarship. They both came to my family's Christmas parties in Big Timber and we always so looked forward to seeing them and catching up with them. I recall one year when Scotty and I spent nearly 4 hours discussing astrology and geneaology. Still to this day, I so often think of her with such gratitude for the influence she has had on my life. My deepest condolences to all of Scotty's family - she was an extraordinary woman. I will miss her from this day forward but am glad that she and Buck are back together again. My love, Shannon