Remembering ‘a jewel’


Beloved deaconess passes away at 101

Izetta Polite Scott


Loved ones of 101-year-old Izetta Polite Scott, said the beloved deaconess of Daytona Beach peacefully passed away on Sunday, June 21.

Scott was featured last year in the Daytona Times on her 100th birthday. Her family and friends gave her a loving birthday party at Red Lobster. During that time, she told the Times that she was happy, loved her church and loved serving the Lord.

Life of faith

Born on Sept. 25, 1919, Mrs Scott was the only daughter of Edward “Buddy” Polite and Victoria Polite and was raised by her grandmother, Alice Polite.

The Beaufort, South Carolina native moved to Daytona with her late husband, Brooks Scott in the 1950s. Before then, the couple lived in Mount Vernon, New York, where Mrs. Scott worked as housekeeper for over 25 years.

Along with hard work, faith played an equally, if not, higher role throughout her life. Baptized at the age of 12, Mrs. Scott went on to serve on the usher board and as a deaconess at her church, Greater Friendship Baptist Church, until she died. She was also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star.

Forever loving

Mrs. Scott will forever be remembered as a God-fearing woman, who was genuine, kind and loving.

“My godmother is a jewel,” her goddaughter, Minster Carol Burnett, told the Times last year.

“She is a sweetheart. She has been the same from day one,” Burnett said. “She was there when I was born. She’s always been in my life. She is a beautiful person. She is very genuine and everything that you would want in a mother.”

Mrs. Scott is survived by her goddaughter and two grand-goddaughters.



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