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Verlene Scott, pioneering Girl Scout leader Feb. 20, 1941 -- June 14, 2011

Verlene L. Scott, a pioneering troop leader with the Girl Scouts of Buffalo & Erie County, died June 14 in Erie County Medical Center. She was 70.

Born Verlene McClendon in Buffalo, she attended local schools and graduated from Bishop O'Hern High School. She also studied at Erie County Technical Institute.

For many years, she worked at HSBC and was employed there an adjustment clerk at the time of her death.

Mrs. Scott led Girl Scout Troop 411, based in St. Philip's Episcopal Church on Fernhill Avenue. And while promoting African-American achievement, the troop accomplished several firsts. In 1983, her troop became the first African-American troop to receive the Gold Award -- Girl Scouting's highest honor.

She was the first to lead an African-American troop on a national Girl Scout camping adventure. Troop 41 was joined by Girl Scout troops from Western New York and Girl Guides from Canada on the Wyoming Trek Scouting Summer Adventure.

Survivors include her husband of 50 years, Albert; a daughter, Darniece; a son, Armond; a brother, Ronald McClendon; and a sister, Cheryl McClendon.

A memorial service was held Tuesday.

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