Friday, June 13, 2008
By Cathy Scott
Eileen and Jim "Scotty" Scott, circa 1940. She was 18 and he was 29 when they married, after knowing each other just three months. They had five children in 7-1/2 years.
She was a housewife, nursery and Sunday school teacher, restaurant hostess, school administrative assistant, university graduate at age 62, college instructor, world traveler, freelance travel writer while based in Bury St. Edmonds, Suffolk, England, author of collectors books, antiques dealer and member of Mensa. He was a one-room schoolhouse teacher, a milkman for Golden Arrow Dairy, a pioneer in racquetball and gold, silver and bronze winner at Senior Olympics, an insurance salesman who received sales awards, and a real estate broker who penned his autobiography at age 85.
They divorced after 26 years of marriage. Eileen died at age 82; he died at 90. Even though our father had remarried Helen Scott, for more than 34 years, and our mother was married to Richard Busby, for more than 32 years, two weeks before she passed away and four years after our Father's death, we learned that Mother carried in her wallet a photo of her and our dad taken on one of their few vacations together, in Jamaica in the late 1950s. When our Father passed away, our Mother said, "I've had a loss too."