Reta Ann Scott


I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith; Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day; and not to me only, but unto all of them also that love his appearing.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ~II Timothy 4:7-8

Rita (Reta) Ann Scott was born February 26, 1959, in Columbus, Ohio to Irma Jean and Benjamin Henry Ware. Rita was one of 4 children from her parents’ union. She accepted Christ at the age of 13 and she was truly a woman after God’s own heart. She was a graduate of South High School Class of 1978. Rita met the love of her life Curtis D Scott, and they were married June 24th, 1978. Married for forty-three years. As stated in Proverbs 31, the heart of her husband had complete trust in her and he lacked nothing. She rewarded him with good and not evil all the days of his life.  She was the “apple of his eyes,” and he was the “sunshine of her life.” this union produced three children. Christina, Charles, and Douglas.

First Lady Scott was the wife of Bishop Curtis D. Scott, Pastor of New Life Apostolic Church of Columbus, Ohio where she faithfully served in the ministry with him. For over 30 years. She loved God, His word and all his people. First Lady par excellence, a discerning counselor, an anointed minister, a skillful and knowledgeable Sunday School teacher, a conquering prayer warrior. Her sheer will to live, strength of character and resilience are testament to her unwavering faith and trust in God.   She expressed her thanksgiving and praise for God’s goodness. She calmly navigated the charted course of her roles with grace, poise, wisdom, dignity, and strength.

“Her children rise up to call her blessed,” Proverbs 31:28

Rita was a loving, supportive, tower of quiet strength for her husband, a doting mother for her children She was a woman of noble character who worked tirelessly in support of her family. An excellent cook and homemaker, she created a home of comfort, order, beauty, and elegance.  Rita, she raised her children with love, dignity, respect and continued to lead them to God. She leaves to cherish all the precious moments: her husband, Bishop Curtis Scott; her children Christina, Douglas (Nallely) and her grandchildren Eli and Russell Scott of Columbus: Sibling Steven Ware. A host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and the New Life Apostolic Church Family.

On Monday, September 13, 2021, Rita Scott completed her journey on earth and transitioned from this earthly realm to her heavenly home.

She was preceded to glory by Mother Irma Ware, Father Benjamin Ware Sr, her son Charles, her brother Benjamin Ware Jr, and Mark Ware.



Visitation 9:00 AM and Funeral Service 10:00 AM Saturday, September 18, 2021 at First Church of God , 3480 Refugee Road. Mask and Social Distancing are required. Interment at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens. Ministry of Comfort entrusted to MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE EAST, 5456 E. Livingston Ave.


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Condolence Messages

  1. My condolences to my the Scott family may god still be the peace that passes all understanding and i love y’all so much….. y’all will always be in my prayers❤️

    • Bishop Scott I am so sorry for your loss our prayers are with you and family in this difficult time. Our prayer is that you and family be covered with the blanket of God’s love . May the peace of God that passes all understanding cover you and embrace you in your time of need

  2. Jessica and Kisha Dower

    My heart my love and My comfort is with the Scott family during this time

  3. My prayers and thoughts are with you!

  4. Sending prayers to the Scott family during this difficult time. I pray that you are engulfed with the love of support given by those who care for you and for Sister Scott. Please know that I will continue to lift you up in prayer. May her memories carry you during this difficult time of transition. She fought a good fight. “Well done Sister Scott”: You were always a Christian Classy Sister and I will miss you beyond words.

  5. Our condolences from the Cook family. May God bless you and comfort you during this difficult time. Rita is with her family in heaven. Absent from the body and present with the lord and may she Rest In Peace.

  6. To the Scott family: May the Lord comfort and strengthen you during this time as only He can.
    Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you especially during this difficult time. We pray that the Peace of God rest upon you to comfort, strengthen and encourage you for His peace surpasses all understanding. God Bless you. From The Skeaton,Martin,Castleman Families.

  7. Bertrand J & Karen S Jacques

    To the Scott Family:
    Our heartfelt condolences and prayers are with you all in this your hour of sorrow. My Beloved friend Rita, sleep take your rest from your labor. Our tears may fall from our eyes, but we are at peace because your are HEALED. The last words you spoke to me saying “God got this”. Yes He does rest my beloved friend. Much Love The Jacques Family-Miramar, Florida

  8. What a beautiful lady Sister Rita was. She always had something positive to say to me and my family every time I spoke to her. She was so classy and loving.She spread much love to others and showed many seeds of kindness throughout her lifetime

  9. To the Scott family and New Life Apostolic Church Family, from Pastor. William Johns & Lady, Johns. There is no hurt that heaven cannot heal. Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning. Our heartfelt prayers and condolences to Pastor Scott and the family during this difficult time. May God gird you on Eagles wings strengthen, comfort, and encourage you, during this time of bereavement of our dear Soldier Sister, 1st Lady, Rita Scott, as she rests from all her labour’s in the arms of the Lord!

  10. Dr. Robin Holliman-Smith

    To Pastor Curtis D. Scott and Family, I realize this is a very emotional and difficult time. First Lady Reta A. Scott was a wonderful wife, mother, and grandmother. She was a dynamic songstress, fun-loving, and vibrant. As loved ones leave their sincere condolences, only God can heal the heart shattering pain. I am reminded of these words “Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled” (John 14:1). Because a troubled heart does not rest, it is in a state of unrest. While we can trust God, we cannot track Him. The scripture says, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord” (Isaiah 55:8). Everyone is given two dates: 1) Birth date, and 2) Expiration date. God has numbered our days in the sense that He is the Giver and the Taker of life ( Job 1:21). King Solomon in all his wisdom and riches, Apostle Paul and his bulldog tenacity, and Samson in all his strength were unable to extend their earthly journeys. First Lady Scott sang this song so beautifully “Brand New Life” recorded by Olivia Branch Walker. The lyrics, “I moved from my old house, I moved from my old friends, I moved from my old way of strife. Thank God I moved out to a brand-new life. He changed my old way with words, He changed my old, leveled mind. He changed my heart and gave me a new start. Thank God I moved out to a brand-new life. Can’t you see I’m a new man, Don’t you know I got a new name, And one day I’ll live in that new land. Because I moved out to a brand-new life. I got a new walk, I got a new talk, I got a new look, I got a new name, I got a new heart, I got a new mind. I got a new home, and a new start is going my way, Yes, it is. Because I moved out to a brand-new life.” We Will Forever Love First Lady Reta Ann Scott – RIP

  11. Elderly Larry & Evangelist Donna Smith

    Praise the Lord Bishop Scott and Family. Larry and I are praying for your comfort and strength to stand, and doing all to stand. Stand therefore in this session of life.
    Lady Scott was a becon of hope and an outstanding Godly influence to all that she came in contact with. She has entered into her promise, that is to forever be with the LORD. Ohh what joy to be with our Lord and Savior!!!

  12. Sis. Elberta Barnes

    Our condolences to Bishop Scott and Family; our hearts and love go out to you and your family, we pray that God will strengthen and comfort you through this difficult time, the First Lady was surely a jewel and will be sadly missed by True Vine Church, we pray that God’s peace will forever keep you Bishop Scott and your family.

    Pastor Belinda Sullens, and the True Vine Church Family, Urbancrest, Ohio

  13. So shocked to hear about the loss, my condolence to you and the entire family during this difficult times.she was such a wonderful and jovial lady will dearly miss her.

  14. Curtis, John and I are so very sorry to hear of Reta’s passing. Please know that we are praying for you and your family. You know we will think of the two of you whenever we stop at Longhorn’s. We hope to see you soon.

  15. Will & Ora Herron

    Bishop Scott and family, may the grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ wrap His loving arms around you as He carry you through this difficult time

  16. My deepest condolences to the Scott and Ware families. First Lady Scott was such a bright light and I could see the authentic love she had for the Lord, her family and New Life Church. I remember how her smile could brighten my day and her singing could brighten my spirit. She will be missed.

  17. Aaron and Tammy Phillips

    To the Scott Family, Our condolences to you during this time. May God bless you all.

  18. Minister Jennifer Johnson

    My condolences to Bishop Scott and his family also to the church family may God bless you and keep you in his loving arms and give you comfort and peace at this time of need remember God said he never leave you nor for sake you lean on him and he will bring you through your prayer we’re praying for you and we will always keep you in our prayers we love you from the house of prayer family minister Jennifer Johnson

  19. To know miss Rita was to love her she never judged or looked down upon anyone … no matter what , she was always so understanding and loving and comforting … she survived many things and she’d tell you she couldn’t thank anyone but god she was an awesome woman and role model to so many including myself you helped me through some of my hardest trials my love may you rest beautiful QUEEN ! Prayers to you bishop and family

  20. Boss lady, family and friends
    Please accept my sincerest condolences. I pray for peace that surpasses all understanding. I know this is a hard time but keep your memories that you had with her and know to be absence from the body is to be present with Christ.
    Submitted with Love,
    Aja Alls

  21. Gladys Sanders and Family

    My deepest condolences to you Bishop Scott and family. Rita was a friend for a very long time and even though I didn’t see her I knew she still prayed for me. I’m praying that The Lord will comfort you and give you peace.

  22. District Elder Richard & Evang. Emily Lyles

    To Bishop Curtis Scott and family, the Ware family, and New Life Church:

    We extend to you all our deepest condolences and prayerful support at the passing of our sister and long-time friend, Lady Rita Scott. We are still trying to come to terms with this loss. We share in your sorrow and our love goes out to you. Lady Scott was a lovely and anointed woman of God, and we will certainly miss her. Praying that the peace of God would comfort and strengthen you now and in the days to come. Love always.

  23. I’m condolence to the Scott family I’m so sorry and up set to never get to meet my auntie in person I wish we could of got to know each other better but I’m not going to stop I will know everybody else starting tomorrow love u auntie tell my daddy hi

  24. My condolences to the family and to all whom loved her. We will carry her in our hearts forever. Matthew 25:21 shines the light on my Sister and her life : His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’

  25. Prayers and condolences to the Scott, and Ware family.

  26. Shamon & Chantal Stone

    Giving nothing but support, love and peace to the family through this trying time.

  27. Kenneth & NaCole Davis

    To Bishop Curtis D. Scott and Family, we’ve been part of each others lives for a very long time. I can’t remember a time when Bishop and 1st Lady wasn’t present during a moment of celebration or grief. 1st Lady Scott was my Sunday school teacher, church mom and encourager. Since becoming a man, I discovered that 1st Lady Scott is the epitome of what most men desire in a Godly wife. She modeled virtue in raw form. As a Christian wife, she mastered the concept and application of Love, the way God designed it. Her Love for her God, family and friends wasn’t about consumption, but rather essential and unconditional distribution.

    Welcome Home, thy GOOD and FAITHFULL servant!

  28. Kevin & Carrie Scott

    Pastor Kevin T. Scott & Pasted Carrie E. Deas Scott to be. There are no words that I can offer. Reta was a amazing sister-in-law. Please allow my words to be very clear she was the best I’ve ever seen….

  29. Bishop Dane & Lady Lisa Clark

    To Bishop Scott and family. Our deepest condolences and prayers go out to you and the family. May the strength and Gods peace abide with sustain you through this difficult time. May God’s love continue to carry you through.
    Bishop Dane and Lady Lisa Clark
    Bethel Temple Apostolic Church ( Columbus)

  30. Evg Ernise Rhodes-Hale

    Just want to send my condolence to the family she a dear friend will be greatly missed ,miss her so much her smiles, she always chat with me about things and I would appreciateThe chat we would have I am sending my prayers to the family and Bishop Scott blessing to u love you guys Evg Ernise Rhodes Hale

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