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Elizabeth Scott Bres

Elizabeth Scott Bres


Elizabeth Scott Bres, 93, passed away Wednesday, January 24, 2018. She was born April 12, 1924 on a mountain top in Sewanee, Tennessee, to Professor John Mark Scott of the University of the South and his wife, Louise Scott.

Betty was a graduate of Sophie Newcomb Memorial College (Tulane University) in New Orleans. After college, Betty married Harold (Hal) Adams Bres, Jr. on January 23, 1944, when he was a Naval Officer. They lived in many different States, from Coast to Coast and in Trinidad, West Indies. Betty was always very involved with her church wherever they lived and was often a member of the Altar Guild.

Betty made a difference in people's lives everywhere she went. She was very involved in Scouting for over 10 years. After Hal's retirement from the Navy in 1964, they moved to Las Vegas, where Betty worked for the American Red Cross. She served as a resource for members of the Military and their families during their deployments. She also assisted during disasters in the Western States. Betty made a difference to so many people by helping them find food, shelter and a way back to their lives.

After retiring from the Red Cross, Betty went to Clown College and let her alter ego shine as "Pepper the Clown." She traveled the world and clowned on six continents. Pepper the Clown brought smiles and laughter wherever she went; parades, hospitals or church fundraisers. Her face was registered with the National Clown Registry. Betty and Hal were also members of the Friendship Force, a nonprofit cultural organization focused on promoting international understanding. They were among the first couples to travel to Eastern Europe and serve as Friendship Force "good will ambassadors," when the Berlin Wall came down. Through their involvement with Friendship Force, they traveled to more than 20 countries.

Betty was an avid gardener. In 1994, Betty and Hal moved back to her beloved mountain in Sewanee, Tennessee. A friend in Sewanee developed a hybrid day lily listed on the National Flower Registry and named it "Pepper the Clown," in her honor.

Hal, her beloved husband of 53 years and best friend, passed away in 1997. In 2001, Betty came to live in our fair City of Medina. Betty was recognized as one of the oldest volunteers in Medina. She volunteered at the United Way answering phones, at St Paul's Episcopal Church food bank, Vacation Bible School and Meals On Wheels.

Betty will be missed by many and the world will miss her smile and positive attitude. Betty leaves behind four children, Marc Siewert (husband Delynn) of Lethbridge, Canada, Kim Kelly (husband Bill) and Scott Bres (wife Pam), both of Medina and Dana Bres (wife Mimi) of Arlington, Virginia; eight grandchildren, Dawn Goepfert (husband Simon) of Switzerland, Daryl Little of Colorado, Kelly Horvath (husband JP), Lyndie Gillihan (husband Patrick) and Jaclyn Dalziel (husband Nick), all of Medina, Shaun Siewert (wife Lyla), David Little (wife Corrine) of Canada and Glenn Siewert (wife Norinne), all of Canada; she also leaves 16 great-grandchildren, Ireland, Brooklyn, Liam, Emeric, Elora, Samatha, McKayla, Alshya, Charity, Steven, Angie, Isabelle, Sarah, Emma, Alban and Connor; 10 great-great-grandchildren; her sister, Louise Lee of New Orleans; nieces, Mary Lou and Suzanne and nephew, Albert.

Services will be held Sunday, January 28, 2018 at 2:30 P.M., at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 317 E. Liberty Street, Medina. The Reverend C. Eric Funston will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the St. Paul's Memorial Fund; the American Red Cross or the charitable organization of your choice.

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