Imagine falling in love at a young age, getting married at age 20 and remaining married, devoted and in love at 80 years old.
Dr. Robert and Carolyn Weaver Scott of Placerville don’t have to dream about such a beautiful scenario. They have lived it for nearly 61 years as a married couple, and more than that if their friendship and engagement is counted.
Their 60th anniversary was celebrated with an Alaskan cruise last summer. It was a relaxing trip, quite different from their previous travels to some 97 countries, which entailed extensive missionary work and lots of love.
Born within two weeks of each other in 1930, Robert (“Dr. Bob”) in Texas, and Carolyn in California, they met in a church youth group in Fullerton, where Carolyn’s father was Pastor of the Church of the Nazarene. Dr. Bob’s family had moved to California in 1932 to escape the Dust Bowl, much like Steinbeck’s Oklahoma family in “The Grapes of Wrath,” but in somewhat better circumstances.
They dated through their college years at Pasadena Nazarene College, and were married upon Dr. Bob’s graduation in 1950. Both were 20 years old.
“We were determined to live our marriage in mutual respect and admiration.” said Dr. Bob, who has his Ph.D. in theology.
“We took Jesus’ promise as our guideline. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said: ‘Your Heavenly Father will give you what you need from day to day if you live for Him, and make the Kingdom of God your first concern.’ (Matthew 6:33),” Robert said.
In college Robert had committed himself to Christian Ministry, and through the next 25 years Carolyn and Bob pastored four churches, followed by an 11 year administrative assignment that coordinated more than 100 churches in Southern California.
In 1985 Robert was elected director of International Mission work for the Church of the Nazarene. That assignment, based in Kansas City, Mo. was worldwide in scope leading up to their retirement time in 1995.
Robert and Carolyn raised two children of their own, who, raised with love and Christian values, followed in their parents’ footsteps. Their daughter, Vicki Reese of Placerville is minister of music in the local Church of the Nazarene. The Rev. Steve Scott of Sacramento is the district superintendent overseeing Nazarene churches in the greater Sacramento Valley and Western Nevada areas.
“We love our daughter-in-law and our son-in-law as our own,” Carolyn said, her big, deep blue eyes in her smooth face glowing with love. “That’s how we wanted it. Of course, my son-in-law and son have the same first name — Steve. So I call one Stevie and the other Stephen.
The Scotts and now have four grandchildren and four great grandchildren, whom they absolutely adore and cherish. But they also have non-related children and spiritual grandchildren all over the world.
When Robert and Carolyn aren’t traveling to minister to other congregations, despite their “retirement,” they sing in the choir at the First Nazarene Church under Reese’s inspired leadership.
“My doctor says that I’ll live to be a 100 if I continue like this,” Carolyn smiled, her kind eyes crinkling with humility and joy. “Whatever He wills …”
While Robert has the glory of his worldwide ministry, treatises and career, he and Carolyn are truly a team.
“I couldn’t have done anything without Carolyn,” Robert enthused. “She was a perfect wife and wonderful, loving ambassador always.”
Their graceful, gracious home reflects the love of a lifetime, with gifts they have been given from people all over the world. But their mutual passion for books and art is also in evidence, along with beloved presents from their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Signs of love
Some stepping stones outside are decorated with mosaic tiles and painting by members of their Kansas City congregation, tangible evidence of the family, love and delight they experienced in Kansas.
In 2000 the Scotts chose to return to Placerville to live close to Vicki, Steve and their extended family. Son Steve’s family is also near enough to enjoy frequent visits and interaction.
Dr. Bob’s mother was determined not to have an April Fool’s baby, and was happy to welcome him into the world on April 2. She probably didn’t imagine that her son would earn a Ph.D. in Theology, become a world-renowned and beloved minister, church leader and missionary and author of several books, including “The Future: It’s Here! Now What?”
Through it all, Carolyn was right at Roberts’s side. The couple lives unconditional love, within their marriage and the world.
“He tells me everyday, still, that I’m beautiful,” Carolyn said with modest amazement. “We love each other for eternity.”