Mary Louise Perry

Mary Louise (Scotty) Cummings Perry, formerly of Dunmore, died Sunday evening at Elan Gardens, S. Abington Township following an illness. Scotty was preceded in death by two devoted husbands, James (Shamey) Cummings in 1988 and Arthur Perry in 2009.   

Born November 14, 1926 in Scranton PA, she was the daughter of the late Edward and Catherine (Finnerty) Scott.  She was a proud member of the first graduating class of St. Mary’s of Mount Carmel, and a graduate of Dunmore High school.   She was a devoted member of both Our Lady of Mount Carmel and Christ the King Parishes, Dunmore where she enjoyed the quilting club. Prior to her retirement, she had been employed by the NEIU # 19 as a paraprofessional with special needs children and The Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company (A&P).

Surviving are children James Cummings (Mitzi) Okinawa Japan, Catherine Cummings,  Timonium MD, Mary Peterson (Stanton) Niceville FL, John (Tara), Dunmore  PA and Elizabeth Casey  (Christopher) Glen Mills PA. In addition, she is survived by 13 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren, cousins, nieces, nephews and a host of loyal friends.

Scotty will be remembered for her love of life, quick humor, and her ability to press on no matter the obstacle. She loved a good party, and in her words, “Slainte.”

Due to the current health crisis graveside services will be private in Cathedral Cemetery. A Mass of Celebration will be held at St. Mary’s Church in Dunmore at a time more conducive to gathering.

Donations may made in her honor to the:

            The Scotty Special Education Scholarship with the Scranton Area Foundation

615 Jefferson Ave

Suite 102

Scranton PA 18510


  1. richard mcdonald

    So sorry for your loss. Scotty was a big part of my mom’s life for many years. I have many fond memories of Scotty and Shamey at our house on Quincy Ave. She always had a quick wit and brightened eveyones day with her irish personality. May she rest in peace.

    • Mary Peterson

      Thank you Ricky. Mom loved your Mom and had great times with “ The Golden Girls.”

  2. The Almonte Family

    Sending sincere condolences to you and your family for the loss of your mother, Mary. I know how much she was loved and she will be forever missed. May she rest in peace.

  3. Ellen Waugh

    What a wonderful person!! I can hear her raspy voice, see her beautiful nails and get a smile when I think of Scottys cleverness!! One of a kind!!! She will be missed.

    • Mary Peterson

      Thank you Ellen.

  4. Sharon Swift

    Dear Shamey, Cathy, Mary, John and Beth…what a wonderful Mom you had! She was a constant in my life way back in the Williams Street days. She was a welcoming, warm, kind person. Please know that I am thinking of her, your father and all of you at this time.
    With love, Sharry Swift

  5. Joan Murphy

    To the Entire Cummings Family,
    I just want to pass my condolences on for the passing of ( as far as I’m concerned) a true legend!!! I absolutely loved your mom and some of my greatest and fondest memories were when we worked together at the Jefferson Center. She was the best and funniest teacher’s assistant I had the pleasure of working with😃 Everyday was an adventure with your mom and there was never a shortage of laughs. I am so glad I had the opportunity of getting a visit in with her not to long ago at Elan Gardens. When I think of Scotty, it will always be with a smile and a big heart💓💓 Thoughts and prayers to our to the entire Cummings family🙏🙏

    • Mary Peterson

      Thank you Joanie. Mom enjoyed working with you at Jefferson and loved her 70th bday gift.

  6. Joseph Durkin

    The entire Durkin family sends our prayers to the Cummings and Perry families. Many fond memories of Scotty and Shamey and the Willam St. connection. May she rest in eternal peace.

  7. To the Entire Cummings Family,
    I would like to pass my condolences on to the entire Cummings family. My heart is a little heavier knowing we have lost a LEGEND!!! As a teacher’s assistant, I got the best!! We made so many wonderful memories together and many, many laughs. She was like a second mother to me and when I think of her, I smile. Each day brought something new from your mom. This is why I loved her so much. She made work so interesting.
    I am so happy I was able to get a visit with her not long ago at Elan Gardens. She still continued to make me laugh even though, she took a little while to actually remember me. I will miss her dearly but, will always have very fond memories we made together.
    My thoughts and prayers go out to the entire family. Rest in peace my dear freind!

  8. Annanias Rose

    To Ms. Mary Louise family and friends;

    First, my condolences to All, know that I extend my prayers to each of you and ask, that God will provide; comfort, peace and strength to each of you during this time of mourning.

    While I never personally met Ms. Mary Louise, I must share how she has contributed to my life and how those contributions assisted in molding me to become; the man, father, husband and servant for The Almighty that I am today.

    During the year of 1980 I was assigned to a position that allowed me to cross paths with a young-man that gave me an opportunity to show my ability, rather than him come to a conclusion that many would, based on my professional record. I could state now as I said then “My record was not a True Reflection of Whom I am.” However, if it were not for the “DNA / Genes of Ms. Mary Louise, my professional career would of been terminated shortly after this meeting I had with this young-man.

    That young-man, Jimmy Cummings; showed mercy, kindness and the heart of “finding the Best in a Person.” Those attributes in his character, I am sure are traits engraved in him from his mother, Ms. Mary Louise. Therefore, I say Thank You, Ms Mary Lousie for your love and parenting skills provided to your son (Jimmy), which contributed significantly to my becoming a Sergeant Major in the United States Marine Corps and eventually becoming a Military Family Advisor for military organizations throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

    Reality; We all learn sometimes in life our efforts to make a positive impact and a difference in this world. Well those efforts may not be seen by us during our lifetime. However, by the power of the Holy Spirit, He places certain “Saints / Angels” in strategic locations along our journey in life; For we know “His plans are for us to prosper”…Amen.

    As we celebrate the Life of Ms. Mary Louise Perry, I said “Thank You Ms. Mary” for your love that you breathed into the life of Jimmy. Because through “The Life You Lived;” God has blessed me and allowed me to bless others, My Sincere Thanks and Appreciation to the entire Cummings (Mitzi & Kids) / Perry Family. “Rest in Heaven” Ms. Mary Louise Perry.

    To God Be The Glory!

    Annanias Rose
    Sergeant Major, USMC (Ret)
    “Family Friend For Life!”

  9. Wally and Cathy Evans

    So sorry for the loss of your mom, Aunt and friend. She was a fun loving person and always enjoyed seeing her at the St. Patrick’s Day party.

  10. maureen barclay

    We were lucky to get to know Scotty through the Perrys and enjoyed the company of Art and Scotty on a cruise. She was filled with a zest for life! So happy that we got to know her! She had a life well lived!
    The Barclay Family ( related to Lorraine and Mark Perry)

  11. Nate McMullen

    Dear Scotti Cummings and Perry Families:

    I can’t express how sorry I am to hear of Scotti’s passing. In reading the comments on this site, one can immediately sense she was a “Force of Nature” in her time on Earth. I have fond memories (circa 1960) of eating cereal with Jimmy in her kitchen on Williams St. in an atmosphere of sheer chaos. Shamus shouting to Jimmy about his latest infraction, babies crying, Mad Max the boxer walking around liked he owned the place, and Scotti, God bless her and watch over her, completely calm. My mother, Cena McMullen (also with 5 children) did not drive. Our salvation during the summer months was Scotti who would pull up with her station wagon full of kids and she would drive us all to the lake for the afternoon. What a wonderful person she was.

    Rest in peace Scotti.

    Nate McMullen

    • Peterson Mary

      We had great times with the McMullen family at “The Grove.” Thank you for making us smile with your memories.

  12. Lisa Rackley

    We are so sorry for the loss of your beloved mother, especially in this time of isolation. Maybe she rest peacefully in the arms of our Father. Love and sympathy from the Rackleys

  13. Erin McGlynn

    Dear Scotty Cummings family,

    My heart felt condolences for Scotty’s loss.
    She was a pistol of a lady with such a great big heart. I also remember the ten of us in her station wagon. How those women stayed sane is a mystery! God bless you.
    Erin McMullen McGlynn

  14. Martha Baker

    Dear Mary, I am so sorry to hear about your mom passing away this past Sunday evening. I know how much you love her and will miss her earthly presence. The few times that I spent time with your mother I could easily see where you got your lovely personality. Your mother was first class all the way and a joy to be around. I believe there is a great reunion in heaven happening at this time. I am praying that Jesus will give you comfort and peace. Love you dear friend, Martha

    • Ellen Waugh


    • Ellen Waugh


  15. Jack & Paula Banko

    To all of Scotty’s family. Jack and I are so sorry for your loss. We remember her as always happy and smiling.

  16. Lourdes Kranick Tallarico

    I am so sorry to hear about the death of your mom. I first met her and your dad when I joined Christ the King Parish. Over the years between church, church picnics and my aunt, Marie Canavan, I got to know her well. Mrs.
    Cummings was such a welcoming person. Always a kind word for me. I enjoyed seeing her and Mr. Perry at Mark’s house and at their parties. She never minded that I just couldn’t get the nack of calling her Mrs. Perry and I continued calling her Mrs. Cummings until the last time I saw her at Aunt Marie’s funeral. I was so grateful to see her and get a little bit of time to spend with her. The world is a sadder place without her in it, but, heaven got a gift with her.

  17. Julie Larioni

    Sending prayers and condolences.
    The Revta/Larioni Families

  18. Shannon Snow

    Condolences to my dear friend Cathy and Mary’s entire family. Cathy always spoke of her mother’s regal style, fun personality, and passion for helping children. Mary has left a beautiful family to carry on good works in her honor. Love to all during this difficult time.

  19. Martin J. Carr Jr.

    Rest in Peace Mary Louise,always a friend. Your friend Marty Carr 818 Butler St.

    • Peterson Mary

      We have great memories of Mom’s and Ninney’s friends on Butler Street.


  20. Kevin McMullen

    My sincere condolences to the Cummings/Perry families. I have fond memories of piling into the Cumming’s old (1952?) “Woody” station wagon with Mrs. Cummings at the wheel and my mother as a clueless co-pilot, to head out for adventures to the Eynon Drug Store or Gouldsboro State Park, with a carload of us kids. But that car had a bad clutch or something, and it would stall out at intersections all over Dunmore! Your mother took it all in stride; she was a class act; a lovely and loving individual with a great sense of humor.

  21. Bocker & Marilyn Hunt

    The Hunt family wishes to express our deepest condolences to the Cummings family for the loss of their precious Mom, “Scotty”. Our parents Mary & Tom were such close loving friends of Shamey & Scotty. Many visits to Williams St (both houses), Drinker St. even trips to Tobyhanna State Park for picnics, our parents would have a blast while the Hunt & Cummings kids got to play together. Always assured that a meet up with Shamey & Scotty and family would be a fun trip for the Hunts. Our Thoughts and Prayers are with you at this difficult time. May your wonderful memories always bring a smile to your heart.

    • Peterson Mary

      We have great memories of “The Dukes Club.”


  22. Mags

    Thinking of you guys!!

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