Rena Sandidge Scott, 1925-2014

Rena Sandidge Scott, 88, of Tarpley, Texas, passed away Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014.
She was born June 10, 1925 in Kerrville, Texas, to Plenny and Bessie Nelson. Soon after Rena’s birth, Bessie died, and all eight 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 they had.
In time, Plenny remarried and the oldest six kids returned to live with their dad and stepmother. But babies Rena and Vera stayed with Tom and Emma and were raised as Caffalls.
Rena lived in various places while growing up, including Rio Hondo, Tarpley and San Antonio, Texas, and Roswell, N.M., but the family primarily lived in Bandera, Texas, where Rena graduated from Bandera High School in 1943. During the following years, she lived and worked in Bandera. While there, Rena met G.T. Sandidge Jr., and they were married on Feb. 12, 1949. They had three children, and in 1962 they moved to Tarpley. G.T. preceded her in death in April 1986.
In 1989, Rena married the Rev. Bob Scott, an ordained elder in the Little Rock Conference of the United Methodist Church. They lived in Arkansas for two years until his retirement, when they moved to Tarpley. They enjoyed traveling and sharing their many interests together.
Rena’s interests were varied, but one of her greatest loves was 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. She had a special relationship with all her brothers and sisters, Caffalls and Nelsons alike. They were all pretty partial to “Baby Sister”; the loud uproar and shouts of joy were likely 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 world-wide committees and boards. She served two terms as president of the Southwest Texas Conference United Methodist Women, and also served on the Board of Global Ministries, the World Methodist Council and the Board of Christian Unity and Interreligious Concerns (where she first met the Rev. Bob Scott).
Rena is survived by her husband, Bob; two sons, Rob (& Roxy) and Dan (& Ella) Sandidge; a daughter, the Rev. Janna Sandidge Hawes (& Leslie); a stepson, George III (& Barbara) Sandidge; a stepdaughter, Robin Scott; four grandchildren and a step-granddaughter; 10 great-grandchildren and two step-great-grandsons; and many nieces, nephews and friends.
A funeral service was held Jan. 15 at Bandera United Methodist Church, with the Revs. Ken Dahlberg and Austin Frederick officiating. Interment followed at Tarpley Cemetery.