Clara Marie Scott

Clara Marie (Olson) Scott
December 30, 1923 – October 22, 2015

Clara Marie (Olson) Scott, of College Station went to be with her Lord and Savior on October 22nd at the age of 91.
Funeral service will be held at 11am on Monday, October 26, 2015 at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in College Station, to be followed by burial at College Station Cemetery. Visitation for friends and family will be held Sunday, October 25, 2015 from 4 – 6 p.m. at St. Michael’s Academy Chapel, 2402 South College Ave, at the corner of Williamson and South College Avenue. Officiating will be Pastor Patrick McLaughlin. Services are in the care of Callaway-Jones Funeral Home and Crematory.

Clara was born December 30, 1923 in Presho, South Dakota to Hilda Marie and Hans Martin Olson. She had three older sisters and a younger brother. She graduated from Presho High School and Black Hills Business College in Rapid City, South Dakota. In Rapid City, Clara met her husband-to-be, Ira E. Scott of Rising Star, Texas, then stationed at Rapid City Army Air Base. Clara and Ira were married in the Olson home in Presho, September 20, 1946. The couple settled in Lubbock where Clara worked in the business office of West Texas Hospital. In Lubbock their two children, Gene and Julie, were born. Ira’s career would eventually take the family to College Station in 1955, and then Kingsville in 1960, where Clara worked as a bookkeeper at the Kingsville Clinic and was an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church. In 1965 Clara and family returned to College Station where she and Ira would spend the rest of their lives. Clara retired from the Texas A&M’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 1989 where she had served as the departmental secretary in Veterinary Pathology for 23 years. All the while Clara was active in Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in College Station. She was active with Ira in the Brazos Valley Shrine Club, Sojourners and Heroes of ’76. Throughout the years Clara and Ira loved to travel and visit friends and family, and some of the highlights included Norway, England, Scotland, British Columbia, Alaska, Puerto Rico, and Branson. After Ira’s passing, Clara continued to enjoy traveling and cruising in the company of her siblings and their families, close friends, and her offspring.

Clara is preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Alpha Ambur and Alice Sanderson; and by her loving husband of 50 years, Ira E. Scott.

She is survived by her sister Arlene Ambur of Presho, South Dakota, and by her brother and sister-in-law, Paul and Laverne Olson of Presho, South Dakota; numerous beloved nieces and nephews, their spouses, and offspring; her son Gene Scott and his fiancée Jacqueline Anderson of College Station; daughter and son-in-law, Julie and Bill Atkins of Waller; grandchildren Jill Lovell, Will Atkins, Alison McPherson, Crystal Atkins, Mariel Multop, Davis Atkins, and Camille Atkins; 12 great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren.

Clara had the gift of many amazing, close and long-lasting friendships spanning even great distances and the passage of many decades. She made it her mission that her children and grandchildren should be instructed in the Christian faith. She will be remembered for having lived her Christian faith through her caring kindness and service to others, and for her wonderful sense of humor. Clara truly blessed the lives of her family and of so many who knew her and loved her.


  1. Lynette and Cecil Nolen, Cindy and Alan Baldridge, Greg and Lora Nolen, and Steve and April Nolen (friends of Laura and Doss Kirksey says:

    We are so sadden by the news of the passing away of Clara. She was such a special lady and always wanted everyone to feel welcome and did so by her sweet and caring personality. We met her and Ira at the Scott Reunions many years ago, but friendship continued throughout the years by our connections to Texas A&M University. Also, in one of our visits with both of them, realized that we had mutual friends in Lubbock, as well being connected through the wonderful times at the Scott Reunions.
    Our prayers are with you in the days ahead;

  2. Working on Christmas cards tonight. I have some older friends I have sent cards to for years. Several are church friends and I don’t know their families and they don’t have FaceBook, so I am only able to keep up with them if they write back. I looked this wonderful lady up tonight, I have not heard back from her for a few years and I had a bad feeling. She passed in October. When I decided to become a Christian (age 20), I wondered into a little Lutheran church in College Station, TX. She was sitting in the back row and introduced herself. She told me it was her pew & I was welcome to sit there anytime (later found out literally, she paid for it). For over 2 years, she invited me to lunch after services. I was baptized and married in that church and my first born was baptized there, as well. God has brought a true witness home. Rest in Peace, Clara Scott.

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