Obituary: Joan Scott

Life-long Petaluma resident Joan Scott tended with care the things she loved, from her family to her vegetable and flower garden to the delicate porcelain pieces she painted.

Scott died last Monday at the Petaluma home she and her husband, Basil Leon Scott, built 58 years ago. She was 77. The cause was cancer, which she was diagnosed with in August, family members said.

Scott was born Joan Elaine Hinrichsen on March 6, 1935, at Petaluma General Hospital. Her parents were egg ranchers Clifford and Rose Hinrichsen.

She arrived in the world weighing just four pounds.

"Her father built her a small incubator box using a chick-warming light to keep her warm at night," said Scott's daughter Judy Fornaciari, of Sebastopol.

A graduate of Petaluma High School, she met Basil Scott, who was stationed at was then Two Rock Army base, in January 1953 at a dance at Hermann Sons Hall in Petaluma. "It was love at first sight," said Fornaciari.

The couple married in 1954 and built their home on a corner of her grandfather's Eastman Lane farm.

For nearly five decades, Joan Scott worked as a partner with her husband in his business, Scott's Plumbing, as bookkeeper, secretary and, Fornaciari said, "all-around moral support for my dad."

Scott also pursed artistic and creative pursuits as a seamstress, cake decorator, floral arranger and porcelain artist.

She made all the wedding cakes for her children and grandchildren. She painted porcelain vases, plates, lamps and tiles with subjects ranging from wildflowers to animals to a portrait of her great-granddaughter.

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