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2014-01-16

Rena Sandidge Scott

1925-2014

Rena Sandidge Scott, 88 years, seven months and two days, left this earth to be with the Lord on Sunday, Jan. 12.

Rena was born June 10, 1925 in Kerrville, the eighth child of Plenny and Bessie Nelson. Rena's siblings include Elmer, PL and Allen Nelson and Bonnie West, Eloise Brown, Lillian Ray and Vera King.

Soon after Rena's birth, her mother died, leaving her eight precious babies motherless. All the children were taken in by Bessie's older sister, Emma, and her husband, Tom Caffall. Tom and Emma already had six boys, but their love and loyalty to family ties led them to share their home and whatever else they had.

After a time, Plenny remarried and the oldest six kids returned to live with their dad and stepmother. But babies Rena and Vera, who was 13 months older than Rena, stayed with Tom and Emma and were raised as Caffalls.

Rena lived in various places including Rio Hondo; Tarpley, where she started school; San Antonio, where she attended junior high; and Roswell, New Mexico while growing up. However, the family lived primarily in Bandera, where Rena and Vera graduated from Bandera High School in 1943.

During the following years, Rena lived and worked in Bandera.

She met GT Sandidge Jr. while working at First State Bank. The couple was married on Feb. 12, 1949, and had three children. In 1962, they moved to Tarpley. GT preceded her in death in April 1986.

Rena married Rev. Bob Scott in 1989 and the couple lived in Arkansas for two years until his retirement. After moving to Tarpley, they enjoyed traveling and sharing their many interests together.

A lifelong traveler, Rena's interests were varied, but one of her greatest loves has always been people - her family, friends and loved ones. One of the easiest ways to put a smile on her face was for a loved one, especially her kids and grandkids, to walk in the door.

Rena had a special relationship with all her brothers and sisters, Caffalls and Nelsons alike. They were all pretty partial to "Baby Sister" and I figure the loud uproar and shouts of joy were pretty significant when Rena left this earth and traveled to the next.

An active member of the United Methodist Church, she served on many district, conference, national and worldwide committees and boards. Rena served two terms as president of the Southwest Texas Conference United Methodist Women, and served on several boards, including the Board of Global Ministries, the World Methodist Council, when she was appointed in 2001 in Brighton, England; and the Board of General Unity and Interreligious Concerns, where she met her second husband.
Rena is survived by her husband, Bob; sons, Rob Sandidge and his wife, Roxy; Dan Sandidge and his wife, Ella; daughter Rev. Janna Sandidge Hawes and her husband, Leslie; stepson George III Sandidge and his wife, Barbara; stepdaughter Robin Scott; grandchildren, Tobey Sandidge and his wife, Sharon; Manny Sandidge and his wife, Jennifer; Matt Sandidge and his wife, Angela; and Carrie Sandidge Ervin and her husband, Neal; step-granddaughter Shauna Sandidge Davis and her husband, John; great-grandchildren Calvin, Nolan, Luke, Levi, Layne, Logan, Delaney and Lila Sandidge, and Peyton and Paxton Ervin; step-great-grandsons, Frank and Andrew Kingman; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

A funeral service was held Wednesday, Jan. 15, at Bandera United Methodist Church with Rev. Ken Dahlberg and Rev. Dr. Austin Frederick officiating. Interment followed at Tarpley Cemetery.

Condolences may be sent to the family by clicking on the "Send Condolences" link at www.grimesfuneralchapels.com.

Arrangements were entrusted to Grimes Funeral Chapels of Bandera.