Life Story / Obituary
Generous and loving, Carol Scott lived a life abundant in faith and family. Always one to unhesitatingly give of her time and talents, Carol relished in providing care and assistance to any and everyone. Her legacy and mission in life was to assist those in need. Carol was compassionate, kind, and willing to forgive. However, she was also quick to become a lion queen when it came to defending her family and beliefs. A woman who embraced each day as a gift, Carol lived by example and taught all those around her to learn the value of being content. Cherished by many, Carol will long live in the hearts and lives of those she loved.
As the strains of the Great Depression began to ease in 1940, Americans' incomes grew, and their increased spending fueled the economy. Over a million southerners began migrating north or west in pursuit of new destinies. The optimism of leaving the depression behind inspired the making of several classic movies, including "Gone With the Wind.” The invigorating sounds of Benny Goodman and Count Basie's Jazz filled our homes with hope and newly invented Nylon stockings were all the rage with women. It was also within this time of hope and celebration that Frederick and Pearl (Banks) Anderson welcomed their daughter, Carol, into their family on March 6, 1940, in Three Rivers, Michigan.
One of the Andersons' 11 children, Carol grew up in a busy, faith-centered home. While her father worked as a truck driver, her mother worked at the City Commissions Office of Career Services. Along with her siblings, Daisy, Beverly, Marilyn, Lareane, Anita, Bonita, Brenda, Frederick, John, and Dwayne, Carol attended Huss Elementary School and graduated from Three Rivers High School. She then continued her education at Glenn Oaks Community College.
It was during her high school years that Carol met and fell in love with Errol Scott. The high school sweethearts married on February 8, 1958, the greatest day of her life. A true love story, Carol married the love of her life, and she proudly honored, respected, and lived her marriage vows of "until death do we part." Interestingly enough, Carol's two sisters also married Errol's two brothers. This is one of many examples of the true bond shared within Carol's family.
In time, Carol and Errol were blessed to welcome four children to their family. With faith as the foundation of their home, the Scotts lived each day consciously. Carol was well known for her, "wherever you go, there you are" mantra and firm commitment to find contentment in each moment. Regardless of life's trials, Carol chose hope rather than despair. Never was this more challenging than in the face of indescribable grief; in 1969, when Carol and Errol experienced the devastating, life-changing event of the drowning of their oldest daughter. Joanne was a bright and shining star whose light was dimmed too soon. Drawing strength from her faith, Carol found a way to embrace both her grief and the will to live life fully.
Dedicated to helping provide for her family, Carol worked from 1963-1978 at Continental Can Company in Three Rivers. In 1978, she and Errol became entrepreneurs and business partners. Together, they owned and operated Scotty's Tasty Twirl Ice Cream Parlor in Three Rivers. In 1982 they invested in McDonald's Restaurants in Kalamazoo and Detroit, which they ran until 1986. In 1987, Carol began working at the Kellogg Company. Over the next 18 years, she worked for the company in Battle Creek and Omaha, Nebraska, until she retired in 2005.
Over the years, Carol and Errol were blessed to have many travel adventures, including vacationing in the Caribbean islands, Hawaii, and family cruises. While most of their trips were filled with pleasant experiences, on one of their many vacations to Hawaii, they had the unfortunate and frightening experience of visiting a San Francisco Hotel during the 1989 earthquake. As the quake caused over 5 billion in damage, with Jehovah's grace and mercy, they found themselves truly blessed in surviving the devastation. A much happier time, Carol most cherished the Caribbean vacation she and Errol took in 1996 when they joined their daughter in Jamaica to celebrate her wedding.
A woman who enjoyed the simple things in life, Carol especially loved grocery shopping. She always kept a 10-year abundance of groceries and staples at all times. Her cabinets were a true reflection of aisles 6, 7, and 8 of the local grocery store. She was also a true dinner buffet aficionado. When she developed an interest in golf and found the game a challenge, she enrolled in lessons to improve her game. Ultimately, she realized it was the fun of the game and not the score that really mattered.
Carol never needed a holiday to celebrate family gatherings. Whether spending a minute, a day, or a vacation together, she relished every opportunity to enjoy time with her family. A perfect day for Carol was any day spent in the good company of those she loved, especially her children, grandchildren, and husband. She also enjoyed time with her seven sisters and her special friends, Charlene and Noreen, immensely.
Without a doubt, Carol embodied the principles of her faith, lovingly teaching her family by her example. While she will certainly be missed, her loved ones will proudly carry her legacy forward. With each moment we center ourselves in our faith, freely give of our time and talents, and embrace the blessings in the day, we celebrate the many ways Carol gifted our lives. And in this way, we keep her spirit alive and inspire others as she so inspired us.
Carol Yvonne Scott, age 79, died February 5, 2020. She is predeceased by her daughter, Joanne; her sister, Daisy Lawton; and her brother, Dwayne Anderson. Carol is survived by her adoring husband, Errol; children: Errolyn (Dwayne) Gurley, Errol (Lisa) Scott, and Jeffrey (Carmen) Scott; grandchildren: Joretha Boyknis, Errolita Scott, Cherita Scott, Errol (Christal) Scott Jr., Clinton Scott, Brittany (Jeremiah) Jackson, Kiala Scott, Jade Scott, Alexas Gurley, Ashley Gurley, and Dwayne Gurley; great-grandchildren: Jalen, Camryn, Leilah, Imani, Caliyah, Ambition, Isaiah, Breeza, Aaliyah, Noah, Jada, Amia; siblings: Beverly Scott, Marilyn Hooper, Lareane Prather, Anita Boyd, Bonita Drain, Brenda Moncrief, Frederick Anderson, and John Anderson; and many nieces and nephews. Visit with family and friends on Saturday (FEB 15) from 1-2 PM at Betzler Life Story Funeral Home, 6080 Stadium Drive., Kalamazoo (269) 375-2900. A funeral service will begin at 2 PM. A reception with food and refreshments will immediately follow in the Life Story Center. Please visit Carol's personal webpage at www.BetzlerLifeStory.com where you may read her Life Story, share a favorite memory or photo, and sign her online guestbook.