Ella Mary Elaine Scavo, 90, of Kingman passed away Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2009, at home surrounded by family and friends, and is resting peacefully and waiting for the return of her Lord and Savior.
She was born Nov. 8, 1918, in Denver, the only daughter of the late Dr. Joseph and Lucetta Davis. She was preceded in death by her dear husband, Michael Scavo; brothers, Charles Davis, William Davis, and his wife, Bea.
Ella Mary graduated from Denver High in 1935. She attended Southern California Junior College where she was a member of many clubs, including Mu Beta Kappa. In 1942 she earned her nursing degree from Loma Linda University/La Sierra College, training at Paradise Valley Sanitarium-Hospital for Missionary Nurses, serving and teaching for over 43 years in her field.
Some of the hospitals she served at during her career were Valley Presbyterian, White Memorial, Glendale Memorial, Los Angeles County, Northern Inyo Hospital, and she retired from Southern Inyo Hospital at the age of 75.
In addition to her love for her Lord and family was her gift of helping others. She enjoyed and found fulfillment in all aspects of nursing but her favorite was the maternity and nursery and often delivering the babies of "former babies."
In 1985, to her credit Ella Mary founded and directed the Hospice of Owens Valley. She enjoyed oil painting and was a member of the Lone Pine Artisans Guild. She was an accomplished pianist until overcome by arthritis. As a member of the Lone Pine Seventh-day Adventist Church she served in many capacities. Through her years of community service she received numerous honors, including "Citizen of the Year."
Upon her retirement, she relocated to Kingman to reside with her daughter, Diane, where she continued to be an active member of her new community. She served with the Mohave Museum of History and Arts, county fair, and library, and was very active in her church. Ella Mary always had a special place in her heart for those in need, including God's creatures great and small.
Even though she suffered from the affliction of arthritis since the age of 14, she kept her sense of humor and persevered throughout her entire life, pushing on to reach her goals and serve others through the strength of her faith until the end.
Ella Mary is survived by her daughter, Diane (Jim) Pherigo of Kingman; son, Craig (Karen) Miles of Citrus Heights, Calif.; grandchildren, Craig (Lisa) Pherigo, Summer (Bryan) Brown, Megan (Jeffery) Colton, Jesse McMaster, Martha (Jon) Clark; and great-grandchildren, Tanner and Dahlila Brown, Jade McMaster, Abigail and Hannah Clark. Ella Mary is also survived by her sister-in-law, Lucille (Charles) Davis; nieces and nephews, Kathleen (John) Koudsi, Charles Davis, William Davis, Carolyn (Ed) Whitmire, and numerous great-nieces and great-nephews.
Visitation is to be held from 5-7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 16, 2009, at Sutton Memorial Funeral Home, 1701 Sycamore Ave., Kingman, and a "Celebration of Her Life" will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17, at the Seventh-day Adventist Church, 3180 White Cliffs Road (on the hill by the water tanks), Kingman.
Internment and a graveside service will be at 1 p.m. Feb. 27, 2009, at Mount Whitney Cemetery in Lone Pine, Calif.
Ella Mary's family would like to give special thanks to Dr. Kalanathi and his group, the nurses and staff at KRMC Hospital, ICU and PCU, KRMC Hospice, nurses, staff, many caregivers, friends and church family who gave loving care to her during this phase of her life.
Ella Mary appreciated the mission and service that hospice provides. We encourage you to make a contribution in her name to the hospice of your choice.