Scouting News: Local Girl Scouts honored for service

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Courtesy of Nikitha Shetty
Anooshkha Shetty gives a TEDx talk titled “Fight for Our Children” as part of her Gold Award project.
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Courtesy of Nikitha Shetty
Girl Scout Marie Godderis teaches children in Uganda about the importance of dental care.

Several Girl Scouts from Los Altos area Service Unit 608 were honored Jan. 24 during a virtual awards tea ceremony. Cadette Troop 61025, led by Amy Mendenhall of Los Altos, hosted the event.
The Gold Award, the highest achievement in Girl Scouts, is earned by only 5.4% of eligible Scouts. Marie Godderis and Anooshkha Shetty received recognition for earning their Gold Awards at the ceremony. Both are members of Girl Scout Troop 60321 and seniors at Los Altos High School.

Maureen S. Scherer

MaureenS onlineMaureen (Renie) S. Scherer passed away peacefully and surrounded by family on January 17, 2021 after a 9 year battle with Alzheimer's disease at the age of 78.

Renie was born in Covina California in 1942, she spent her youth ballet dancing, riding her family horse Lida and helping her parents in their flower shop. She graduated from Covina High School in 1959. She attended the University of Redlands where she was a member of the freshman Song Leader team and Delta Kappa Psi sorority. She graduated with a BA in Spanish in 1963. She was always up for an adventure and loved to tell stories about her semester abroad living in Mexico City in 1962!

Marguerite Jean English & Michael Thomas English

MikeEnglish onlineMarguerite Jean English was born and raised in Los Altos, California, the youngest of four children born to Mike and Ann English. Due to a severe bout of meningitis as a baby, Maggie had serious health and learning issues throughout her life. She attended The Morgan Center School for many years. Maggie was so dearly loved by her family and is missed every day. Maggie died of COVID/respiratory failure on April 24th, 2020. 

Michael Thomas English was born and raised in Norwalk, Connecticut, where he was a part of a big Italian family. He attended Catholic school in Norwalk. He was in the Engineering program at University of Bridgeport in Connecticut, graduating at the top of his class with degrees in mechanical and electrical engineering. He was also a member of Mensa. 

Mike's senior year of college was sidetracked when his Navy reserveship was activated to be part of the Russian Blockade in Cuba. He spent a year and a half in Cuba and at sea in the Caribbean and the North Sea. At the end of his tour, Mike was offered an appointment to Naval O.C.S. which he declined, preferring to finish college. 

Katherine (Katie) Snow Smith Fields

Katherine Fields onlineResident of Los Altos, CA

Katie passed away on Saturday, January 9, 2021 at the age of 56 from metastatic breast cancer.

Katie lived an inspirational and valiant life full of service to others. She will be greatly missed and will be most remembered for her devotion to God and her family.

Katie is survived by her parents, Boyd and Jill Smith and her four children: Parker Samuel Fields, Elizabeth Christena Fields, Wilson Gabriel Fields and Cache Johnson Fields; her two daughter in-laws: Megan Richardson Fields and Lauryn Walker Fields; her 3 grandchildren: Hudson Samuel Fields, Blair Elizabeth Fields and Remi Jean Fields; the father of her children, Roger Allen Fields; her 4 siblings and their spouses: Christena Smith Larney (Brian), Charlotte Smith Jessop (Tad), Boyd Carpenter Smith (Hilary), and Lund Johnson Smith (Jenn) and her 16 nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Katie’s memory to BYU- Pathway Worldwide or give a little money or time to someone in need.

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