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Neva M. Scott

Obituary for Neva M. Scott

September 28, 1915 - October 31, 2018
Austin, Texas | Age 103

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Neva M. Scott, age 103, passed peacefully at Westminster on Wednesday, October 31, 2018.

Neva was born in Rotan, Texas on September 28, 1915 to Lula Bailiff and William Jasper McMahan. She was the youngest of five children and grew up on a farm in McKinney, Texas. As a little girl, Neva developed a life-long love of reading. In grade school, she won several spelling bees and as soon as she'd completed her chores, she always found time to sneak in a new book.

Growing up, Neva was extremely close with her sisters and her brother. They spent time helping on the farm, shelling peas, and attending church functions. She remembered fondly going to the picture show to see westerns for 10 cents. Neva made sure to become close with neighbors who had wonderful book collections.

Neva attended Wesley Jr. College until she left to care for her father. In 1939, she met B. C. Scott. After a few years of dancing to Big Band sounds and seeing picture shows at the Majestic Theater in Dallas, they married in June of 1941. After Pearl Harbor, B.C. joined the Navy and they moved to Hamilton, New York where Neva worked at the Dean's Office at Colgate University.

In 1944, B.C. was assigned to a shipyard in Orange, Texas. In 1945, they welcomed their first son, Steve R. Scott. Shortly after his birth, they moved to Austin and started Scotty's Bakery, which was located near 6th Street and Lamar. Their second son, John M. Scott was born in 1951 and by that time, Austin was a long-term home. They lived in West Austin, became members of First Baptist Church, and developed a love for the Texas Longhorns. After the bakery closed, Neva worked at Howson Library for decades, passing on her love of reading to anyone who came through the doors.

B.C. passed away in 1973. After his passing, Neva dedicated her life to her family. She loved caring for her two boys more than anything. After her sons married and had children of their own, Neva become an adoring grandmother. She was continuously present in her grandchildren's lives, reading them countless books, baking the best Ranger and Rolo cookies, and keeping up with their adventures through their lives.

Neva's love of reading never faded. She said on many occasions the key to a long life was to exercise the mind. She read everything she could, she finished the New York Times crossword puzzles on a daily basis and she was a shark at the Bridge table. She always said it was imperative to keep up your friendships, and that she did, she was wonderfully social.

From birth to death, Neva lived her life with grace and charm. She was incredibly witty even in her later years, and her memory was impeccable. Neva spoke with intention and she loved those around her deeply, especially her close friends and family. She handled every situation with class and compassion.

Neva is preceded in death by her husband, B.C. Scott and her daughter-in-law, Joyce Ann Scott. She is survived by her sons, Steve R. Scott and his wife Gay Lobingier, and John M. Scott and his wife Pam Scott. She is also survived by her grandchildren Morgan Scott, Harper Scott Connell and David Connell, and Stacy Scott Gutierrez and Tony Gutierrez. Neva is also survived by her five great-grandchildren along with nieces and nephews.

Until the end, she stuck to a quote on the blackboard of her 8th grade English class, "This above all: to thy own self be true, and it must follow as the night the day, thou canst not be false to any man" – Shakespeare

She will be greatly missed by her family and all who knew her, she truly was one-of-a-kind.

A Memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at Weed-Corley-Fish Chapel, 3125 N. Lamar Blvd. in Austin.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the charity of your choice.

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