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Shan Scott Passes Away

With sadness, we report the passing of Shan Lee Scott, mother of Saddlebred exhibitor Toree Lewis Hefner, on Monday, March 17, 2008.

Shan was born on August 8, 1934 in Elgin, IL to Edmund and Dorothy Bergeman, both of whom preceded her in death, as did her first husband, Dr. Maurice Lewis. In addition to Toree, she is survived by her husband, Kenneth Howard Scott of Spencerville, OH, whom she married on June 1, 1985. Additional survivors include a sister, Jeri N. (Byron) Niewendorp of Iowa; a brother, Richard Bergeman, of Idaho; grandchildren Elizabeth (Scott) Siebert, Jennifer Lewis, and a great grandchild, Jacob Williamson; stepson Kevin Scott; stepdaughter Karla Scott (Kathleen Scowby); and three step-grandchildren.

Shan was a legal secretary for Attorney James King for 30 years. She was instrumental along with Judge Richard Heeter in organizing the Volunteer Probation Officers. She was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, a member of the American Saddlebred Horse Association and volunteered for Angels for Animals. She also modeled clothing for both the Leader and Gregg's Department stores, many times for charity fashion shows.

She enjoyed her family and traveling with daughter Toree to horse shows. Over the years, the mother and daughter had taken to the show ring such known winners as Happy Endings, SS Flakes of Fire, Confederate Grey, CH Ridgefield's Emerald, CH Sapphire and Silk, Drop Dead Gorgeous, and her current country pleasure champion Highpoint's Fancy Cat, a/k/a "Maddie". Shan was immensely proud to be a horse show mom all these years since Toree began her riding career under the direction of Frank DePolito, then located in Ohio. She continued to fulfill that role into Toree's adulthood and was also the groom to Toree who has had much success in the Owner/Trainer/Rider division.

She loved all animals, including her four cats: Sebastian, Roscoe, Carson and Kelly.

Arrangements were handled for the family by Chamberlain-Huckeriede Funeral Home.

Per Shan's wishes, she was cremated, and her remains are to be spread at Louisville and Lexington Junior League, which she attended annually. A memorial trophy will be given in her honor at the World's Championship Horse Show in the Adult Country Pleasure Championship. 

Memorial Perpetual Trophy donations are being requested in lieu of flowers and can be sent to:

940 S. Sunderland Rd.
Spencerville, OH 45887

Donations also may be submitted to Immanuel Lutheran Church or Angels for Animals.

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