Mary Ann Krisman Scott, a remarkable woman who lived a life dedicated to service, education, and compassion, passed away on November 17th, 2023 at the age of 80. She leaves behind a legacy of excellence, resilience, and unwavering devotion to her family, her profession, and her country.
Born in Richmond, Virginia in 1943 to Col Michael and Alys Krisman, Mary Ann's journey was one defined by a thirst for knowledge and a commitment to service. After earning her nursing degree at Catholic University, she distinguished herself by joining the Army Nurse Corps and serving in Vietnam during the war. Her dedication and skill propelled her to become the youngest captain in the Corps at the time of her promotion.
Mary Ann's commitment to education was equally impressive. While raising her two young sons, she pursued a Master's Degree in Nursing. She later served as the Director of Nursing Education at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, where her leadership left an indelible mark on the institution and the countless nurses she mentored.
Her passion for sharing knowledge extended far beyond American borders. Mary Ann traveled to Poland both before and after the fall of the Soviet Union as part of an international effort to introduce Western advancements in nursing.
Mary Ann's quest for knowledge did not stop there. She earned her PhD in Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania and went on to teach graduate nursing for several years, inspiring countless students with her wisdom and dedication.
Mary Ann Krisman Scott is survived by her beloved sons, Doug (Barbara) and Paul (Ronette) Scott, former husband Charles Scott, Jr, her devoted sister, Alys "Connie" Hart (Bud), and her adoring grandchildren, Michael, Lexie, Erin, Lauren, and Lily as well as nieces, nephews, grand-nieces, and grand-nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents, Col Michael and Alys Krisman, her brother, Michael "Kris" Krisman, and her husband, William Hart.
Mary Ann's passing came as she bravely battled cancer. She spent her final years in Gulf Breeze, Florida close to family.
Mary Ann Krisman Scott's legacy is one of service, excellence, and a commitment to the betterment of others. Her contributions to the fields of nursing and education will be remembered for generations, and her love and kindness will forever remain in the hearts of her family and friends.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, November 30th at 11 am at St Ann Catholic Church in Gulf Breeze, with family visitation beginning at 10 am. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that donations be made to the American Cancer Society.
May she rest in eternal peace, her memory forever cherished by those who had the privilege of knowing her.