Monica Mary Casey-Scott

January 12, 2009

By Contributor

Monica Casey-Scott, a widely traveled local native, succumbed in the late afternoon of Dec. 18, 2008. Monica bravely battled oral cancer for 10 years, courageously enduring radical

Monica Mary Casey-Scott

Monica Mary Casey-Scott

surgeries, radiation and chemotherapy for the last two. She passed quietly and comfortably in her home in the loving presence of her husband, daughter, nurse and favorite kitty.

Monica was born in Seattle on April 14, 1950, to Dr. James M. Casey, of Seattle, and Ruth McLandress Casey, of Wenatchee. She joined sisters Kathy, Pat, Sheila and brother Mike, and then was in turn followed by the arrivals of Nancy and Carol to the big house at 14 W. Lee on Queen Anne Hill, just a block away from St. Anne’s School. In the late 1950s, Dr. Jim moved his busy family to Tucson, Ariz.; the ’60s saw a brief residence in Fresno, Calif., before settling for good in La Jolla, Calif. Monica graduated from La Jolla High School and took courses at the local junior college.

In early 1972, Monica joined two of her older sisters in becoming flight attendants (OK, originally “stewardesses”) with United Air Lines. Kathy fell prey to marriage dismissal, but Monica and Pat stuck it out for 36 years each through tumultuous changes in the airline industry.

After her training and initial assignment to the Chicago base, Monica transferred to San Francisco and then came full circle to the Seattle area in 1980. That same year, she met her eventual husband Steve Scott at a wedding; he joined her in Bellevue in 1983 and they married that fall.

Daughter Stephanie joined Monica and Steve in August 1988. Six years later, their little family found their peaceful acreage in Four Lakes, south of Issaquah. Monica spent her time off there reading her favorites from Austen, Bronte, Dickens and watching classic movies. Bird watching on the eight-acre pond out back became a surprisingly avid hobby, with Monica keeping track of the bald eagles, great blue herons, wood ducks, migratory waterfowl and songbirds. The occasional deer wandering through the yard were a treasure to her; cougar, bear and bobcat sightings were a bit too scary.

A trip to Europe early in her career, and later family trips to London in 2002 and Paris in 2006, generated many lasting memories. Sadly, her dream of traveling to see much more of the world was cut short by her illness.

Monica was smart, funny and professional, and enjoyed most of her flying partners and even quite a few of her passengers. She was always thrilled to come home and report having had a celebrity on board (movie stars, politicians and other famous faces), but always avoided any intrusion on their privacy. Her hard work and sense of fairness made her a favorite to fly with.

Monica was an especially good mother to Stephanie, sacrificing career time to make sure her baby had everything she needed, including a parent always close at hand. She had to leave us too soon to watch her pretty, smart girl start a career, but was so very proud to see Steph gain acceptance to The Evergreen State College and enjoy her work there for the past three years.

As a wife, Monica was a saint — sweet and forgiving, loyal and affectionate, and always ready to laugh. She is very, very badly missed.

A service will be held in her honor at Flintoft’s, 540 E. Sunset Way, at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 17. A celebration of her life will follow at the home in Four Lakes, 16737 235th Ave. S.E. At her wishes, her cremated remains will be scattered.

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