Tallahassee, Florida - The mother of Gov. Rick Scott is being remembered as a bright light of joy whose enthusiasm made an impression wherever she went.
Esther Scott died Tuesday at the age of 84.
She played a special role in Scott's campaign for governor and became a celebrity of sorts after appearing in a political ad. She called her son a "good boy" in that commercial and said he would get Florida back to work.
Esther Scott appeared with her son at the National Republican Convention and made it clear she was proud of him.
Cynthia Henderson of the Florida Federation of Republican Women recalls seeing Esther Scott there.
"She was just such a bright light of joy and enthusiasm for the people of Florida and was just so supportive of her son. She was so bubbly and just so excited about her son and how he was going to be the best governor of the state of Florida. People were really excited about that and I think since he was an unknown in the state they felt a lot of comfort in knowing that his mom backed him. It was quite precious to see her in that role."
Gov. Scott issued this statement on Wednesday:
"My mom, Esther, was one of the only constants in my life. We moved many times and my parents struggled financially, but mom always made sure we went to school and we went to church. Those were not optional. My mom taught me that there is no limit to what you can accomplish if you put a lot of hard work behind your dreams. She was gracious and kind, and later in life, she was always up for another adventure. She wanted to keep traveling and see the world as much as she could. I am grateful to have had such an inspirational and loving mother who was a real example of living the American Dream. While she is already deeply missed by our family, she lives on in our hearts forever. Ann and I thank all of you who have sent your prayers, well wishes and encouragement for our family during this time of loss."