Jean Kay Scott, a compassionate and empathetic soul, was born on July 31, 1943, in Lincoln, Nebraska. She spent the majority of her life near Burchard, Nebraska, where she was not only known for her generous heart, but also her unwavering dedication to helping others. For many years, Jean worked as a tax preparer, owning her own H&R Block business, where she assisted countless individuals navigate the complexities of tax preparation. Her passion for helping others was not confined to her profession; it was the very essence of who Jean was.

Jean was a loving wife to Gary Scott, whom she married on May 25, 1968. She was a devoted mother to her son, Jonathan Scott, of Wymore, and her daughter, Sheri Sentelle and her husband Chris of Orlando, FL, and a doting grandmother to Noah Sentelle. She is also survived by her sister, Joan Nielsen of Lincoln. Jean was preceded in death by her parents, James and Marie (Kess) Petersen, and 4 brothers, and had other extended family. In her free time, Jean enjoyed the simple pleasures of life. She had a fondness for gardening and flowers, a love she shared with her beloved cats. She had an adventurous spirit, always ready to embark on a new journey, whether it be traveling (especially to Florida), hunting for antiques, or setting off on a camping trip.

A visitation for Jean will be held on Thursday, October 26, 2023, at 11:00 AM until 8:00 PM at the Griffiths-Hovendick Chapel, 708 North 6th Street, Beatrice, NE. Her family will greet friends later that day from 6:00-7:30 PM at the same location. A Family Prayer Service will be held on Friday, October 27, 2023, at 10:45 AM at the West Side Baptist Church, 448 West Court Street, Beatrice, Nebraska, 68310. A celebration of Jean's life will follow at 11:00 AM at the same location. The service will also be live-streamed at

We encourage all who knew Jean to visit the memorial page, upload photos, and share memories of her at Let's celebrate her life and the love she spread around her. She will be deeply missed but never forgotten.

 These services have been entrusted to the Griffiths-Hovendick Chapel in Beatrice.