Hares, Barbara Scott (Mrs. Leon)


Aug. 23, 1929 - May 15, 2009

Barbara Scott Hares was born Barbara Ellen McKeivier on August 23, 1929 , in Wisner , Louisiana . She is survived by her children Larry Scott, Cynthia Scott Davis and her husband Sid, Carol Scott Elliott and her husband Ron, her grandchildren Anna and Emily Elliott, and Taylor and his wife, Liz, Meredith, and Peyton Davis. Also by four step-children, 4 step-grandchildren, and 1 step-great grandchild.

Leon Scott was a farmer in the Wisner community. One evening he outbid everyone to buy the cake Barbara had brought to the church fundraiser. Walking over to her with the cake in his hands, Leon said "I'll trade you this cake plate for a date." Soon after, Barbara and Leon married. Barbara's future was set. She would be a small-town matron and farmer's wife.

God's plan for Leon included an unexpected mid-life call to ministry. Barbara did not merely tolerate the seven required years of higher education; she thrived in them, making many new friends. Many a person called to ministry in midlife lives with an unhappy spouse. Barbara did not merely tolerate her new role as "the preacher's wife", she loved it, singing in the choir, doing Leon 's secretarial work and helping him with pastoral work.

It was while they were serving Leesville that Leon died a sudden and untimely death. Barbara decided to move to Shreveport to live in one of the Retired Minister's Homes. Made confident by her volunteer secretarial work in the churches she and Leon served, Barbara applied for and was hired as the Shreveport District Secretary. She joined Noel UMC where she sang in the choir and was a member of the Couples Class.

In 1992 Barbara moved to Dallas to become the administrative assistant to Ray Branton , the executive officer for the South Central Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church . One morning at work Barbara told Ray she was going on her first date since Leon had died. Jim Hares, retired minister and widower from the North Texas Conference had called. The two families had known each other previously because Cindy and one of the Hares daughters were roommates at Centenary.

Barbara and Jim were married in May 1993. They traveled the world for 10 years. After the stroke, which later led to Jim's death, Barbara moved back to Shreveport where the support of family, church, and friends meant everything to her.

Barbara's grandchildren saw her from a different perspective. She was "the grandmother who came to everything." When they called, she came. They would also visit the one they called "Nanny". They observed a strict TV schedule at Nanny's: Golden Girls, Designing Women, and Dallas. They were free to play with her makeup - that is until Peyton ate it. When she would visit her family in Houston she would tell them she would arrive at a specific time. Almost without fail, she would stop at their front door at the chosen time. Nanny was an expert wrestler. Not an arm wrestler, a wrestler. They all agreed, "Nanny could take you down. She just knew how to do it." Perhaps her son-in-law Ron Elliott summed it up best. "The longer I knew my mother-in-law, the more I loved her."

Barbara loved working in the Noel Food Pantry, working with the group of ladies who put together the Noel NOW, knitting prayer shawls, and her Sunday school class. She also loved volunteering each year at the Red River Revel.

Barbara's children want to thank Ray Branton for a fabulous eulogy given in celebration of their mother.

Carol Scott Elliott

Source: Louisiana Conference Journal, 2009

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