September 14, 1935 ~ February 8, 2023

Born in: Cebu City, Philippines
Resided in: Noblesville, Indiana

Maria Cruz Llantada Scott, 87, passed away on February 8th, 2023 after a long and brave fight from the effects of congestive heart failure and multiple myeloma.

Maria was born on September 14, 1935 to Roberto Llantada and Margarita Menchaca-Llantada in Cebu, Philippines. Mari-Cruz grew up on a sugar plantation in San Carlos, Negros and also in Manila, Philippines. This included the time when the Japanese occupied the Philippines during WWII. She graduated from Mary- Knoll College in 1957 and went on to work for TWA (TransWorld Airlines) in Manila. Maria spent a life devoted to caring about others.  After her passing we found a prayer card in a missal book from Mary Knoll College which she kept with her. It was a prayer to St. Therese asking for childlike faith to see the Face of God in the people and experiences of her life and to do good on earth. Anyone that knew her would agree she lived by this faith.

She met Howard N. Scott, in 1958, while he was stationed at the US Embassy in Manila with the US Marines and began an exciting life of travel and adventures with the love of her life – “Howie”. Maria and Howard went on to have 3 children, John, Philip, and Ann Marie, all born in Syracuse, NY.  Maria was a devoted wife and mother following Howard to Manila and San Carlos in the Philippines, Saigon, Vietnam, Central Square, NY, Medina, Ohio, Columbia, Maryland, Ames, Iowa, Murfressboro, TN, and then in later years South Hero, VT and finally Noblesville, IN.

Maria, “Lola” to her grandchildren, is survived by her husband of 63 years, Howard N. Scott, children, John W. Scott (Laurie Scott, spouse), Philip Scott (Patricia Scott, spouse), Ann Scott Wingrove (Jim Baecher, life partner), grandchildren Erin Bailee Stump (Karl Stump, spouse), Jon Scott (Tanja Scott, spouse), Marissa Endres (Tommy Endres, spouse), Cameron Scott, Anna Scott, Zachary Wingrove, Blake Wingrove, and great grandchildren Justus Stump and Isabella Scott.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, April 1, 2023 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Cicero, IN.   In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the “Maria Scott Memorial Fund” (c/o Ann Wingrove, 19228 Chestnut Grove Lane, Noblesville, IN 46062).  This fund which will be used for the education of less fortunate children of the workers of Hacienda Refugio, the farm where Maria grew up and attended elementary school with the children of the workers after WWII.

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  1. May each of you find courage to face tomorrow as you rest in the knowledge that we truly care about each of your needs and that we will be here to walk beside you in your journey of grief.

    Eddie Beagles and the staff of Legacy Cremation & Funeral Services

  2. I never knew a more selfless person than Aunt Maria. The love and her heart was bigger than her whole body. I will miss her and will see her when I get to heaven with God. God bless and rest her soul. ❤️💔❤️🙏🙏🤗🤗

  3. Aunt Maria was such a wonderful woman.. such a delight to be around and spend time with. We will miss her immensely. Sending prayers and hugs to her kids, grandkids and of course Uncle Howie.

  4. I am a Maryknoll HS (Manila, PI) classmate of Maria graduating in 1955. We found each other again after we both moved to the States and rekindled our friendship sharing memories of our happy teen years. May Maria rest in eternal peace.

  5. I will always remember your smile and warmth, Aunt Mari-Cruz. Prayers for peace on heaven. To uncle Howie and our cousins, you are all blessed to have her in your lives. She was a special person and left a legacy in you and her grandchildren.

    Cousin Mark and Sherry.

  6. Tita Nena, as we call her, was my favorite aunt. Not because she is the only sister of my Dad, but because she was a very loving and understanding aunt, genuinely concerned for each one of us. I asked her to be one of the principal sponsors for my wedding and it made me very happy when she said yes, even if she was not able to come to the Philippines for that occasion.
    I will always remember you , Tita with so much love and respect.

    • Joanne Ruth Dixon Wilson – Syracuse New York. I’m So Heartbroke With The Loss Of Aunt Maria! I Always Felt So Close To Her (As I Did With Uncle Howard, John, Philip & Anna Maria In Our Younger Years)! Aunt Maria Stayed Close To Me Throughout My Life!!! She Has Such A Kind, Gentle, Beautiful Soul & We’ve Been Blessed To Have Had Her (Along With The Rest Of The Family) In Our Lives!!!! “May God Bless”… “Amen”… Always ~ Joanne♡♡♡Joanne

  7. Sending my deepest condolences to the family of my late “Tita Nena” Mari Cruz Llantada Scott. He was the younger sister of my grandfather, the late Juan Antonio “Nene” Menchaca Llantada of Calatrava, Negros Occidental, Philippines.

    As the Bible says, to live is Christ and to die is gain. I am comforted by the fact, that Tita Nena is now in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ and her loved ones who have gone ahead of us.

    We will forever miss you, Tita Nena.

  8. I will forever miss you, Nena. I love you.

    Your hermana,

    Angie Llantada
    Hacienda Refugio
    Calatrava, Negros Occidental

  9. Maria, gentle, kind, caring even in health challenges. Her strength was God and Howard. Maria rests in eternal Light. Howard and family are in our prayers.

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