Born in San Diego, California on September 7, 1961, Carolyn Ann Scott was the second youngest of
10 children. She was outgoing and could connect with everyone she met. She had a way of having
people understand a point without them feeling inferior. An active and ambitious woman, she excelled
in school and pushed others to do their best in the process. In high school she excelled as a track star,
artist, cheerleader and graduated at the top of her class.
She was very close to her family as togetherness was very important to her. She had a unique bond to
each of her siblings - Charles Patterson, Gwendolyn Patterson, Terry Patterson, Alvin “Ricky” Tannihill,
Rose Wilson, Darrell Scott and Willie “Billy” Scott Jr. In her sister Gwen, she found a competitive partner
to grow and excel with. In Rose, her second sister, she found someone to share and discuss any
occasion with, a trusted confidant for advice. Her brothers; in Terry, she had an unbreakable bond
almost as if they were twins, in Billy, she had a protective love for her youngest brother, in Ricky, she
had someone to guide, to look out for when things got rough. In Darrel, she had a teacher to learn from,
and in Charles, she had a brother to look to. Beyond her immediate family, she was always looking out
for those near her whether it was at work or her close friends.
While Carolyn held various jobs over the years, the one she held the longest and retired from in 2019
was as an Administrative Assistant for the Department of the Navy, she excelled at her job and was the
“Den Mom” on site. For years she helped coordinate and cater holiday parties. She guided and
mentored several colleagues and was a vital member of the team.
As a single mother, she had 3 children; Shay and Brittany who are twins and her youngest Mason.
Carolyn provided a sound structure for them to grow in and instilled morals that they still hold to this
day. She worked multiple jobs and taught her children many lessons, the biggest being that you should
always be aware of your surroundings. She was always aware of what went on and had a contingency
plan to solve any issue that arose. In the passing of her knowledge she ensured that all three of her kids
were the best in whatever path they chose in life. Education was more important than anything to her
and she advocated that, she taught her children both through the regular September through June
school year and through homeschooling in the summers. “A Mind is a terrible thing to Waste” was the
motto in her home. Outside of education however, Carolyn had her children active from a young age
having them in Little League, Bowling, track as well as at home with Tetherball, Billiards, Jump Rope,
Rollerblading and Dance. Carolyn loved music and dancing. There was never a time where music was not
heard in the house as you awoke to breakfast, or when cleaning up the house Saturday morning, at her
desk at work music was a constant. She loved all music especially Smooth Jazz and R&B. Anyone who
knew her, knows her favorite artist of all time was Will Downing, however she enjoyed Luther, Gladys,
Regina Bell, Whitney Houston, and The Whispers. Interior Decorating and Fashion were two of her
biggest passions, besides Dance.
In addition to be a wonderful Mother and Sister, she was an incredible Daughter. She took devoted care
of both her parents – Willie Lee Scott Sr., and Norma Lee Scott, when they became ill. She missed them
terribly when they passed. After her parents passed, she would always say that she could hear them
and see them, she even spoke to them daily. There was never any doubt that they were there and
helped her through her trials and tribulations.
Carolyn, through heredity contracted Diabetes in her early 30’s, her mother Norma was diabetic also.
She had a 30-year fight with this disease, a fight she fought with deep determination until her passing.
Carolyn is survived by her children; her oldest son Shay Taylor, her daughter Brittany Taylor, and
youngest son Mason Taylor, as well as her grandchildren Xavier and Wesley. Her sisters; Gwen
Patterson, and Rose Wilson, her brothers Charles Patterson, Terry Patterson, Alvin “Ricky”
Tannihill, Darrell Scott and Willie “Billy” Scott Jr., along with a host of nieces, nephews, and friends.
“A Mind is a terrible thing to Waste”
Carolyn’s mind was never lost, she always gave a piece of it to others,and everyone has been better for it.
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