Oper Humphries Scott

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, Zach, Scott, Elizabeth and Susan, and great grandmother of Scott and Robert, died peacefully at age 93 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 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 years back in Germany, first 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 US 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 Blue Angels, flew over the parade ground retirement ceremony to honor her. Returning to the US, she settled first in Seattle, Washington, 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 Great Depression. Reflecting 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.

Published in Montgomery Newspapers on Apr. 7, 2013