Lynn Johnston Scoville

June 8, 1937 — July 4, 2022


Lynn Johnston Scoville

Lynn Johnston Scoville, age 85, passed away unexpectedly Monday July 4, 2022 at Bishop Gadsden in Charleston, SC.  She was born June 8, 1937 in Detroit, MI to George Oliver Johnston and Evelyn Bayne Johnston and grew up in Grosse Pointe, MI.  She was a graduate of Grosse Pointe Country Day School (now University Liggett School) and Connecticut College 1959.  On August 20, 1960 she married her true love, Laurence (Larry) McConway Scoville, Jr. in Grosse Pointe, MI.  

Lynn had a brief but rewarding career both as a copywriter at the J.L. Hudson Company and as an editor for University of Michigan publications before becoming a full time mom.  She served for many years on the boards of many civic organizations including the Executive Committee of the Junior League of Detroit, as President of Tau Beta, The Children’s Home of Detroit, The University Liggett School Parent’s Association and as Chairwoman for Tennis and Crumpets.  She also trained and served as a Stephen Minister.

Lynn loved being with her husband, family and friends and sharing her many interests with them.  She liked to travel and made new friends wherever she went.  Lynn was an avid reader and contributor to her book clubs.  She kept active with exercise classes, walking, tennis, golf, and croquet.  Lynn received great joy observing nature, especially birds, and was a Friend of Hunting Island State Park where she helped with sea turtle conservation.  She was an excellent cook and enjoyed eating good food.  One of her favorite places was the family cottage near Lake Huron in Grand Bend, Ontario, CAN.  Lynn and Larry regularly attended the theater, especially the Stratford Festival Canada.  Known as Grandma Betty to her family, she was loved by them all including several canine companions.

She is survived by her brother, George Oliver Johnston, and her children: Evelyn Mary Scoville of Boston, MA, Laurence McConway Scoville, III and his wife Lynne Connor Scoville of Ann Arbor, MI, Robert Johnston Scoville and his wife Sarah Allen Scoville of Bedford, MA and their six beloved grandchildren, Louise Evelyn Scoville, Katherine Davis Scoville, Laura Grace Scoville, Andrew Johnston Scoville, Lucy Allen Scoville, and Evelyn Amabel Scoville.  She was predeceased by her husband, Larry, and her sister, Mary Conway. 

There will be a graveside memorial service for Lynn and interment of ashes for both Lynn and Larry, on September 24 at 11am  at West Cemetery at 145 Litchfield Rd., Harwinton, CT.  Local arrangements by J. Henry Stuhr, Inc. Downtown Chapel.

In lieu of flowers and in honor of Lynn, memorial donations may be made to the Bishop Gadsden Employee Appreciation Fund <>, the Tau Beta Association <> to support their work with the Children's Center of Detroit, or Friends of Hunting Island <>. The family is especially grateful to the staff at the Read Cloister Skilled Nursing facility of Bishop Gadsden who cared for Lynn and our family with love and respect.

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