Mary Etta (Marietta) Scott

Mary Etta (Marietta) Harmon Ballew Scott passed away Sunday, January 28, 2007, at her home in Clarksville, Texas, at the age of 83.

Marietta was born May 5, 1923, in Cache, Oklahoma, to James and Daisy Harmon, and is the 2nd youngest of 11 children.

Marietta married Burney Willis Ballew in 1940 in Mangum, Oklahoma. They moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1942, 6 months after their first son, Ronald Willis was born in Mangum. Marietta and Burney had 3 more children in Tulsa: Donald Ray, Patricia Ann, and Richard Allen. They moved north of Tulsa, to Turley, Oklahoma, in 1951. They became active members of the Turley Church of Christ and raised their children in the countryside along with rabbits, chickens, cats and dogs. Marietta and Burney moved back to Tulsa in 1961 where they lived while the children completed their schooling. They divorced in 1970.

Marietta always worked to add more income to the family. She started selling Avon Products when the children were in Elementary School in Tulsa. She was a top sales person. With this background she was hired to work at one of the downtown department stores in the cosmetics department. Other department stores were always trying to get her to work for them by offering her more money. So, she raised her income every 3 or 4 years by switching to Frougs, Brown Duncan, or Dillards in Tulsa.

Since Marietta was always the top in sales in her department, the major cosmetics companies wanted her to work for them as a traveling sales representative. She worked out of Houston, Texas, and Garland, Texas. She did a lot of traveling over the years and put a lot of miles on her many cars that she always bought brand new. I kept her used cars in the family by giving her more for them than she could get on a trade in. I still have her 1986 Blue Firebird.

Marietta bought a Condo in Garland, Texas, where she met and married Edward Scott. Marietta and Ed moved to Clarksville, Texas, down the road from her son, Donald, when they retired. After her retirement, Marietta rediscovered her talent in oil painting and continued her passion for gardening. Marietta's golden years were spent surrounded by the aroma of roses, and the beauty of her oriental gardens, on 40 wooded acres in peaceful East Texas.

Marietta is survived by her loving husband, Edward Scott, of the home in Clarksville, Texas; Marietta's three children: Ronald and his wife, Judy, of Lawton, Oklahoma; Donald, of Tulsa, Oklahoma; Patricia (Ballew) Jubera, of Dallas, Texas; her step-daughters, Lisa Dawn Lewllyn of Rice, Minnesota, and Shirley Marie Kramer of Sydney, Australia; by her sister: Lucille (Lucy) Diaz of Tucson, Arizona; by ten grandchildren: Willis Elliott, Jenny Lynn, and John Chester by Ronald; David Dwaine by Donald; and Dawn and Keri Ann by Patricia; four grandchildren by Lisa and Shirley; and 6 Great-Grandchildren.

Marietta was preceded in death by her parents, her brother, 8 sisters, her son, Richard Allen Ballew, and her step-son, Charles Edward Scott.