A much-loved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend, Carmen Scott, 68 passed away on September 27, 2012. Carmen, the daughter of the late Manuel Machado da Silva and the late Marie Gilda Machado, was born in Faja de Cima, San Miguel, Azores, Portugal, on August 27, 1944. Carmen immigrated from Portugal to Canada with her parents & siblings in 1958. Carmen was a phenomenal woman; the pillar of a large Portuguese family. She passed on & instilled her Portuguese cultural values and traditions to her family and friends. To all who knew her, she was an amazing lady. She was remarkably creative and talented in everything she did. Carmen earned her degree in Fashion Design in 1971. She had an extraordinary talent for hosting and entertaining; the best cook ever. Her true passion was her family; both blood and spiritual. Carmen was a dedicated wife and mother who had great joy through the simple pleasure of spending time with her family. Her favorite memories are the many family gatherings over the years. She was a strong woman with a cheerful disposition. Her great sense of humor with the ability to laugh at herself, and her contagious laugh will be greatly missed. She kept us all entertained right to the end. Survived by her devoted husband, Carl, of 32 years and her children Mike (Ronette), Sandy (Greg Papas) and Gloria (Shane Thornley); grandchildren Ryan (Heidi), Miles, Steven and Carson; great-grandchild Hayden; siblings Joe (Carol Dion), Angel Aguiar, Manuel (Tony), Laura (Fernando Corvello), Gilda Machado, Connie (Allan Johnston) and Suzanna (Mike Demelo); and many nieces and nephews. Her family would like to thank the staff at Cowichan District Hospital for treating her with kindness, dignity and care in her final days. A memorial service will be held on Oct. 6 at 2:00 at the Mill Bay Kingdom Hall located at 1355 Ball Rd., Cobble Hill, BC, followed by a Celebration of Life gathering at Arbutus Ridge at 3:30.