Courtney left our world far too soon, but she added so much to so many in her short time. Born in Wellesley, MA, Courtney also grew up in Montreal, Canada and Raleigh, NC. She graduated from McGill University in 1992, where she majored in French Canadian studies. Courtney was an avid fan of soccer and an accomplished player throughout her life. She coached Arlington, VA soccer for years guiding young girls to be brave, bold, independent and fit. Courtney maintained her Canadian ties, working in the computer technology field in Ottawa and then for Canadian Pacific Hotels and Resorts in Arlington. She joined the family’s Alexandria-based tech company and later her family’s restaurants in Del Ray, La Strada and Osteria 1909. Courtney met her husband, Morgan Stallard, in 2000 and together they began raising their two boys, Sawyer (age 12) and Beckett (age 11) in their home in Alexandria, VA. She spent the last several years working for the Washington, DC law firm, Rogers Joseph O’Donnell. Co-founder of the Real Food for Kids chapter in Alexandria City, an organization dedicated to increasing healthy foods in school systems and helping families make healthier lifestyle choices, Courtney was an advocate for nutrition and its connection to health and healing.
Courtney enriched the lives of everyone who knew her and was the embodiment of friendship to all. Her spirit will live on in the many who loved, admired and were touched by her. Her family, dogs, the Outer Banks, Chautauqua and traveling were her greatest loves. She traveled the world with friends and family (India, Thailand, Egypt, South Africa, Italy, France, England, Scotland, Netherlands, Iceland, Canada and Mexico). She loved exploring other cultures and their approach to life, and she shared this love with her husband and their two amazing children. Her infectious smile and generous spirit led to easy friendships everywhere she went. While traveling and volunteering in South Africa, she was given the Xitsonga name Ntsako, which means the bringer of joy. Those of us lucky enough to be in her orbit were inspired by this joy and positivity. Her family will miss her every moment of every single day.
She is predeceased by her father, Stephen Scott.
Courtney will be remembered by her husband Morgan Stallard, sons Sawyer and Beckett Stallard, mother Diana Scott, sister Kristen and her husband John Ward, brother Stephen Scott Jr., mother-in-law Joan Stallard, father-in-law Wayland Stallard, brother-in-law Carter Stallard, many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and friends from all over the globe. She was a magnificent woman who was loved by all who knew her.
The Courtney “Ntsako” Scott Scholarship, and other memorial donations are being established in honor of Courtney. A celebration of her beautiful life is being planned for a later date.