Betsy Sue Scott

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Betsy Sue Scott passed away on September 25, 2022 with her family at her side after a brief illness.

Betsy Sue (née Mackta) was born in Chicago, Illinois and grew up in Belle Harbor, NY with parents, Dr. Leo Mackta and Regina Katz Mackta.

She received a B.A. in Political Science and French Literature from Hamilton College in 1972, and her J.D. from the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University in 1976, where she received an award for wills, trusts and estates. She began her law practice in the trust departments of financial institutions, including Manufacturers Hanover in New York and later First Virginia Bank in Northern Virginia

She entered government service first at the Labor Department where she advocated for the rights of union pension fund holders. After that, she joined the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), serving as OFAC’s head of the Civil Penalties Division and as a Sanction Advisor, advising many different agencies on the enforcement of economic sanctions. One key accomplishment there was her role in the sanctioning of Saddam Hussein's regime in the wake of his illegal and unprovoked invasion of Kuwait in 1990.

In 2006, she entered private practice in Northern Virginia. She applied her passion and acumen to handling will, estates, trusts, mental health and capacity issues. She was certified as a Guardian ad litem for incapacitated adults and served as a Special Justice in Civil Commitment cases in Loudoun County.

Admitted to practice law in Virginia, the District of Columbia, New York, and Pennsylvania, she was very active in various bar associations, including the Virginia Women’s Attorney Association of which she served as President.

She volunteered her time with many charitable organizations including Every Citizen Has Opportunities, Inc. (ECHO), the Loudoun Senior Interest Network and the Diocesan Homes Board of the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia.

She was a lifelong fan of the Grateful Dead. One of her favorite traditions was taking part in annual 4th of July parades in her 1972 green AMC Matador fondly known as 'Jiminy.' She was also had a passion for rescuing animals, and adopted many over the course of her life, including her mixed Foxhound Baxter.

She is survived by her husband of forty-one years, Thomas J. Scott, Jr. of Great Falls, Virginia as well as Daughter Elspeth Watts Daley, Husband Nicholas Daley both of Madison, Wisconsin, Daughter Marghuerita Taylor Scott of Sparks Glencoe, Maryland, son Thomas J. Scott, III of Reston, Virginia and her beloved rescued beagle Judson.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be offered in her name to:

Beagle Rescue, Education, and Welfare (BREW), Inc.

500 N Washington Street

Suite 10621

Rockville, MD 20850

Arrangements for a memorial service will be forth coming.

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  1. The Owners and Staff at the Money and King Funeral Home, wish to express our sincere sympathy to you. It is our hope that we may be able to make a difficult time more bearable. Please feel free to call us anytime as we are always available to you.

    Bob Gallagher
    Funeral Director

  2. She was a wonderful colleague and Board member at ECHO. Always kind, measured and wise. Truly selfless. Such a shock she has passed. Sincere condolences for your family’s comfort. Dave MacDonald

  3. I met Betsy Sue in 2006 as a young lawyer serving on a small bar committee with her, and we kept in touch over the years. I always admired her kindness, inclusive nature, and sincere interest in others (like me a baby lawyer at the time who had nothing to offer her). I will miss seeing Betsy Sue, and I know she will be missed by her family who she spoke of often and fondly. “Love will see you through” – Grateful Dead.

  4. I worked with Betsy Sue at the US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control for well over a decade. During my tenure, she first served as a licensing officer and later as head our Civil Penalties Division. We all recognized and respected her dedication, seriousness, and attention to detail in all that she did. She will be missed.

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