Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Esther Scott, mother of Gov. Rick Scott, dies

Esther Scott, right, mother of Florida Gov. Rick Scott, left, laughs with her son and his wife, Ann, in Fort Lauderdale on Nov. 3, 2010. Mrs. Scott died Tuesday afternoon in her hometown
of Kansas City, Mo.

Associated Press (2010)

Esther Scott, right, mother of Florida Gov. Rick Scott, left, laughs with her son and his wife, Ann, in Fort Lauderdale on Nov. 3, 2010. Mrs. Scott died Tuesday afternoon in her hometown of Kansas City, Mo.

TALLAHASSEE — Esther Scott, the mother of Gov. Rick Scott who became something of a political celebrity during her son's 2010 campaign, has died. She was 84.

"My Mom — one of the only constants in my life — has passed away," Scott posted on his Twitter account Tuesday. "Ann and I are comforted by all the thoughts and prayers for our family."

Scott canceled events last month and flew to Kansas City, Mo., to visit his mother, who had been hospitalized and in intensive care. He returned a few days later saying that he had a great trip and that "prayers are working."

Esther Scott had been a visible part of Scott's election campaign in 2010, traveling on Scott's campaign bus and recording a television ad where she called her son a "good boy."

The state Republican Party used Esther Scott in another television ad in 2011 where she said her son had "made me proud" and that he was keeping his campaign promises.

Scott would often reference his mother in discussing his business background, and how he purchased his first business — a doughnut shop — in part so that she could have a job.

Scott returned to a Tampa doughnut shop last year as part of a "workday" and then later paid for his mother to fly to Tampa to meet the doughnut shop owner herself.

On the campaign trail, Rick Scott reminded voters that he spent part of his childhood in public housing and that his adoptive father was sometimes out of work.

"No one would have thought she would ever have a son that would become governor of Florida," he said on Tuesday.

Her son's wealth allowed Esther Scott to see the world and have all kinds of new experiences in her later years. She traveled to Antarctica, Africa, Europe and the Galapagos with him and his family. At 65, when she wanted to learn to ski, her son arranged for an instructor at Beaver Creek, Colo.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Esther Scott, mother of Gov. Rick Scott, dies 11/13/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 13, 2012 10:41pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. What you need to know for Thursday, May 25

    News

    Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what you need to know today.

    To catch a ring of poachers who targeted Florida's million-dollar alligator farming industry, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission set up an undercover operation. They created their own alligator farm, complete with plenty of real, live alligators, watched over by real, live undercover wildlife officers. It also had hidden video cameras to record everything that happened. That was two years ago, and on Wednesday wildlife officers announced that they arrested nine people on  44 felony charges alleging they broke wildlife laws governing alligator harvesting, transporting eggs and hatchlings across state lines, dealing in stolen property, falsifying records, racketeering and conspiracy. The wildlife commission released these photos of alligators, eggs and hatchlings taken during the undercover operation. [Courtesy of Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission]
  2. Trigaux: Amid a record turnout, regional technology group spotlights successes, desire to do more

    Business

    ST. PETERSBURG — They came. They saw. They celebrated Tampa Bay's tech momentum.

    A record turnout event by the Tampa Bay Technology Forum, held May 24 at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg, featured a panel of area tech executives talking about the challenges encountered during their respective mergers and acquisitions. Show, from left to right, are: Gerard Purcell, senior vice president of global IT integration at Tech Data Corp.; John Kuemmel, chief information officer at Triad Retail Media, and Chris Cate, chief operating officer at Valpak. [Robert Trigaux, Times]
  3. Take 2: Some fear Tampa Bay Next transportation plan is TBX redux

    Transportation

    TAMPA — For many, Wednesday's regional transportation meeting was a dose of deja vu.

    The Florida Department of Transportation on Monday announced that it was renaming its controversial Tampa Bay Express plan, also known as TBX. The plan will now be known as Tampa Bay Next, or TBN. But the plan remains the same: spend $60 billion to add 90 miles of toll roads to bay area interstates that are currently free of tolls. [Florida Department of Transportation]
  4. Hailed as 'pioneers,' students from St. Petersburg High's first IB class return 30 years later

    Education

    ST. PETERSBURG — The students came from all over Pinellas County, some enduring hot bus rides to a school far from home. At first, they barely knew what to call themselves. All they knew was that they were in for a challenge.

    Class of 1987 alumni Devin Brown, from left, and D.J. Wagner, world history teacher Samuel Davis and 1987 graduate Milford Chavous chat at their table.
  5. Flower boxes on Fort Harrison in Clearwater to go, traffic pattern to stay

    Roads

    I travel Fort Harrison Avenue in Clearwater often and I've noticed that the travel lanes have been rerouted to allow for what looks like flower boxes that have been painted by children. There are also a few spaces that push the travel lane to the center that have no boxes. Is this a permanent travel lane now? It …