Local school district mourns after longtime employee killed in crash

Joanne Scott. (Florence ISD)
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FLORENCE, Texas (KWTX) Students and staff were mourning Wednesday in the Florence ISD after a longtime lunchroom employee was killed in a three car crash.

Joanne Scott, 67, was seriously injured when two northbound pickups struck her Nissan Versa at around 6:30 a.m. Monday as she attempted to cross the northbound lanes of Texas Highway 195 in order to turn south on the highway at the intersection of 195 and Chaparral Road.

She was taken to Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center where she later died.

Scott was on the lunchroom staff for 15 years at Florence Elementary School and those who worked with her say she always walked around the school with a smile on her face.

They boasted about her special relationship with students throughout the school.

She knew the foods they loved and hated and would often offer substitutes if a child found a food they didn’t like.

Scott was set to retire after the school year ended, but she loved her job so much, she was planning on substituting on days when the lunchroom was short-staffed.

Lillian Barnett, who serves as the child nutrition director for Florence ISD, said the loss is taking its toll on lunchroom staff members, but says they plan on operating as if though she’s still there.

“Our hearts are broken, but we’re going to stick together as our small town family,” Barnett said. “We’ll keep taking care of our babies like she would expect us to.”

Memorials in honor of Scott are already popping up throughout the school.

The fifth grade class made a card for the lunchroom staff in which the students said they were sorry for their loss.

School officials said they plan on creating two mosaics for her.

One will be placed in the lunchroom and another in the campus garden.