Oper eumphries Scott

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Oper Humphries Scott, wife of the late La­mar E Scott; mother of Net­tie Scott and her hus­band, Dan Sha­nis; La­mar Scott and his wife, Cathy Liu; and Sarah Bate­man and her hus­band, Bob, both de­ceased; grand­mother of Catlin, wach, Scott, Elizabeth and Su­san, and great grand­mother of Scott and Robert, died peace­fully at age 93 in Philadel­phia, Pa., on March 25, 2013.

Born in a tiny Louisiana piney woods town , she was the grand­daugh­ter of the Scots Ir­ish bear hunter who founded the town. Oper was al­ways the smartest girl in school, grad­u­at­ing as high school vale­dic­to­rian. Af­ter com­plet­ing two years of col­lege she mar­ried La­mar Scott, be­gin­ning life as an Army wife, mother and ca­reer woman. To­gether with their three chil­dren she and La­mar lived happy years in Hei­del­berg, Ger­many, then Tokyo, Ja­pan, as well as in Mis­sis­sippi and Louisiana be­fore end­ing their overseas yHDUV EDFN Ln GHUPDny, fiUVW in Berlin and then re­turn­ing to live in Hei­del­berg. In the mid 60s they moved to San An­to­nio, Texas, plan­ning to re­tire there.

Oper was a ca­reer civil ser­vice bud­get an­a­lyst who worked for the Army and later for the Air Force. Af­ter her hus­band’s death, Oper sur­prised ev­ery­one by pack­ing up all her be­long­ing at age 64 to move to Eng­land’s beau­ti­ful and his­toric Cotswold to work for the U.S. Air Force for an­other nine years. She was so highly re­garded by the Bri­tish and Amer­i­can Air Force com­man­ders there that the Red Ar­rows, the Bri­tish equiv­a­lent of our BOuH AnJHOV, flHZ RYHU WhH pa­rade ground re­tire­ment cer­e­mony to honor her.

Re­turn­ing to the U.S., she VHWWOHG fiUVW Ln 6HDWWOH, WDVh., buy­ing a house with her son and his fam­ily, then moved to Lufkin, Texas, even­tu­ally end­ing up in Penn­syl­va­nia near her youngest daugh­ter and her fam­ily.

An ad­ven­tur­ous woman, Oper trav­eled the world ex­plor­ing the cul­tures and his­to­ries of the many coun­tries she vis­ited as well as shop­ping en­thu­si­as­ti­cally in ev­ery gift shop and book store she en­coun­tered. In her later years she wrote chil­dren’s sto­ries and be­gan a life his­tory, rich with tales of small town Amer­ica dur­ing the GUHDW DHSUHVVLRn. 5HflHFWing on her life in re­cent years she told fam­ily and friends that she had more than re­al­ized the ad­ven­tures she had dreamed of as a child. In ac­cor­dance with her wishes no ser­vices are planned.

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