Herb and Pam Scott

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Herbert Lee Scott (Herb) died unexpectedly on July 7 in Bakersfield, California. He had just celebrated his 83rd birthday. Pamelia Brown Scott (Pam) waited two weeks and a day to join her husband, in the next life. They were reunited on the afternoon of July 22, 2014. Herb, the third of three sons, was born to Lemuel W. and Nina Conner Scott on June 30, 1931, in Topeka, Kansas. In the summer of 1936 the family moved to Odessa, Texas, in search of work. Herb attended Odessa public schools and graduated from Odessa High School in 1949. Pam, the only child of Lucile Gause Brown and Minor Linton Brown, was born on May 31, 1932, in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. When Pam was very young her family moved to New Orleans, Louisiana where she attended an all- girl Catholic school. In 1949, work took her family to Fort Worth, Texas where Pam graduated from Amon Carter Riverside High school in 1950. Herb and Pam met during an elective ballroom dance class at the University of North Texas in Denton. Their 59 year marriage began soon after he graduated in 1954. One year later, Pam graduated with a BA in Art and Interior Design. The couple soon moved to Midland, Texas, where Herb worked for Shell Oil Company and Pam worked in and outside the home. Pam and Herb had a wonderful life in Midland, and in Houston, Texas. Together they made many friends and lifelong memories. Upon his retirement from Shell, Occidental Petroleum (Oxy) recruited Herb and the family moved to Bakersfield, California. His career with Oxy took them both to many places around the world - Peru, Pakistan, and Hong Kong were particular favorites. Herb and Pam loved to travel, and their journeys continued after his retirement. Herb was a fantastic father, a loyal friend, and a devoted husband, dedicating the last eight years of his life caring for Pam after she suffered a debilitating stroke. He was one of those rare individuals who within minutes of meeting anyone discovered a friend. He had an immense joy for life, subtle sense of humor, and interest in a wide variety of subjects and activities, on land, air, and water. Pam will be remembered for her vibrancy, kindness, patience, and gentility. One friend stated that Pam was the epitome of "Emily Post"-like manners- what a true "southern lady" should be. She was extremely creative and brought a touch of beauty to everything that she was involved with. She was an extraordinary wife, mother, and friend who will be sorely missed. Herb and Pam are survived by their son, Herbert Lee Scott, Jr. of Gunnison, Colorado; and their daughter, Leslie Scott (Patrick), and son-in-law, James Douglas Patrick of Palmer, Alaska. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Cal Farley's Boys Ranch, Hoffmann Hospice, or the .
Published in Midland Reporter-Telegram on Aug. 10, 2014
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