Jeanene Watkins Scott, wife of Elder Richard G. Scott of the Quorum of the Twelve, died May 15 at her Salt Lake City home of cancer. She was 65.
A daughter of Arthur V. and Andrea Rich Watkins, she was born June 30, 1929, in Orem, Utah. She moved to Washington, D.C., at age 18, after her father was elected to the U.S. Senate. She earned a degree in sociology from George Washington University.At the LDS ward in Washington, D.C., she met Richard G. Scott, who had attended George Washington University, studying mechanical engineering.
In an interview for an article in the Church News April 30, 1977, Elder Scott said: "Jeanene had been raised in a very active LDS family, and she had made some basic decisions in her life. She wanted to marry a returned missionary and to be married in the temple.
"When we found out we were becoming very serious with each other, one day she let me know, although not in a challenging or defensive way, that the man she would marry would have to fulfill those requirements."
At that time, Elder Scott was 22, a recent college graduate. He said he prayed "more earnestly than I had ever prayed in my life." He was prompted to go on a mission.
He went to the Uruguay Mission. Jeanene Watkins served in the Northwestern States. He returned from his mission a short time after she did, and they were married two weeks later, on July 18, 1953, in the Manti Temple.
She served with him as he presided over the Argentina Cordoba Mission from 1965-1969. Ever since Elder Scott was called as a General Authority in April 1977, Sister Scott traveled extensively with him.
Sister Scott often addressed Church groups and spoke at seminars for wives of mission presidents. She did extensive family history work, was a spiritual living teacher in the Relief Society and had served in other Church organizations and callings.
Elder and Sister Scott are parents of seven children, five of whom are living: Mary Lee Scott, Orem, Utah; Kenneth L. Scott, Mesa, Ariz.; Linda (Monte) Mickle, Houston, Texas; David M. Scott, Salt Lake City; and Michael W. Scott, Provo, Utah. Sister Scott is survived also by six grandchildren.
Funeral services were scheduled for Friday noon at the Salt Lake Mt. Olympus North Stake Center, with burial in the Wastach Lawn Memorial Park in Salt Lake City.