Maureen Ferguson Scanlon, 97, of Millville, Del., formerly of Washington, D.C., passed away at Beebe Healthcare on Monday, March 2, 2020, after a brief illness. She was born in Derry, Northern Ireland, and immigrated to the United States with her parents and brothers at age 4. John and Annie Ferguson raised their family in Pittsburgh, Pa.
Scanlon earned her RN degree after completing the St. Joseph Hospital nursing program. She was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps and served in France in 1944 to 1945. She used the G.I. Bill to earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing at Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pa., and master’s degree in psychiatric nursing from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.
While attending graduate school, she met her future husband, Daniel J.P. Scanlon, a fellow student who was studying civil engineering. After graduation, the couple were married, on Sept. 25, 1954, at Annunciation Catholic Church in Pittsburgh, before returning to Washington to work and raise a family. She worked at a number of hospitals during her career and in 1982 retired from work for Providence Hospital in Washington.
In addition to nursing, Scanlon was active in Sigma Theta Tau, Sodality groups at Blessed Sacrament in Washington, D.C., and at St. Ann’s in Bethany Beach, Del. Scanlon enjoyed playing bridge and was an avid, passionate golfer. She was a member at St. Ann’s Catholic Church, often attending daily Mass, and participating liturgy as a lector and Eucharistic minister. She was a member of Mason-Dixon VFW Post 7234.
Scanlon was preceded in death by her husband, Daniel Joseph Patrick Scanlon; her parents, John Ferguson and Annie (Doherty) Ferguson; her brothers, Joseph Francis, James Alphonsus, John Brendan, Edward Irwin, Harry Lawrence and Patrick Eugene; and daughter-in-law, Sherry Webb Scanlon. She is survived by her children, Pamela Nichols Rief and her husband, Dennis, of Bluffton, S.C., Sheila Scanlon Holdford and her husband, Jack, of Columbus, Ohio, and Terrence Scanlon and his wife, Kate, of Ocean View, Del.; grandchildren, Katelyn Maureen Holdford of Columbus, Sean Patrick Holdford of Atlanta, Ga., Whitney Renee Webb of Milford, Del., and Jessica Dawn Workman of Bishopville, Md.; a sister-in-law, Agnes; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
The family is grateful to the healthcare team from the Home Based Primary Care from the Sussex County VA Clinic in Georgetown, Del., and Delaware Hospice for the compassionate medical care provided, as well as the many friends who have provided meals, visits and hospitality. Scanlon was an admirable, courageous and independent woman with a heart of gold, a twinkle in her Irish eyes and a quick smile.
A Mass of Christian Burial was to be held on March 7, 2020, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Mission Church in Frankford, Del., with visitation on March 6 at Melson Funeral Services, Ocean View, Del. In lieu of flowers, the family suggested memorial contributions to Delaware Hospice; 100 Patriots Way; Milford, DE 19963 or https://www.delawarehospice.org/donate. Condolences may be sent online at www.melsonfuneralservices.com.