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Nancy Scothern Bates
I am the oldest of five children in my family. I have two sisters and two brothers, Chris Victor (Gervin), Reed Scothern (Darlene, deceased), Linda Gubler (Jerry) and Clark Scothern (Rachele). I was born on a snowy April 10, 1950 in Logan, Utah. For the next year and a half, I lived with my parents in a one-bedroom kitchenette in my Great Uncle Ern’s basement. My parents, Clinton and Iona Scothern, named me Nancy. We lived in Logan until my sister came along and the one-bedroom kitchenette was no longer big enough.
The first home I remember is a small home in Providence, Utah. The kitchen window of our home faced north east and framed the beautifully lit Logan Temple at night. From there we moved to Ogden where I spent most of my growing up years. When I was 21 my family moved to North Ogden. I didn’t stay long. Within a few months, in May of 1972, I married Kent in the Logan LDS Temple and changed my name from Nancy Scothern to Nancy Scothern Bates. We moved back to Ogden for a few years while we finished Collage. We spent one school year, 1975-76, in Cornish, Utah while we taught at West Side School District in Idaho. I taught third grade, Kent taught band/music. After that, back to Ogden for four years and then to North Ogden in 1980 where we stayed for 43 years until we moved to Marriott-Slaterville in April of 2023. My favorite place is wherever my family is.
After teaching for the year in Idaho I taught for a year in the Ogden School District. After that I took a few years off while my boys were little and stayed home with them. When Kevin started school, I started back and substituted for a year in various Weber School District Elementaries. The next year I got a position in Marriott-Slaterville at Pioneer Elementary where I stayed for twenty-three years until I retired in 2015. During that time, I taught first and second grade to lots of great kids.
I have had many callings in the church. I have had just about every calling there is in primary including Primary president and Stake primary music director. I was a Sunday School teacher. I was a Mia Maid advisor in the Young Women program. I was a counselor in the Relief Society presidency. Kent and I were co-chairmen of the ward activities committee. I served on the committee for the celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the founding of the North Ogden 1st Ward. I served as the sacrament meeting chorister in our ward for several years.
I enjoy planting and caring for my flowers and vegetable garden. I like to attend concerts of all sorts from Utah Symphony or Tabernacle Choir to my grandkid’s band and choir concerts and primary Sacrament meeting programs.
Kent and I love to travel. A few years ago, my sister, Chris, moved to Hawaii. One of my dream trips was a visit to her in that beautiful part of the world. Another wonderful trip that we took was a Fall Leaves Tour to the Church History Sites in New York and Ohio.
Some of my favorite things: My favorite color is red. Chocolate is my favorite food (if that counts as a food). My favorite children’s book is “A Porcupine Named Fluffy” (what do you expect from a second-grade teacher?). My favorite movie is Camelot.
I am quite certain that none of you know that I sang with a women’s barber shop quartet when I was in my teens. I still to this day enjoy barber shop music and harmony.
I am survived by my husband Kent. I have two sons. Brian and his wife Stephanie live in North Ogden and have 2 sons – Steven and Caiden. Kevin and Sarah live next door to us. Kevin has 3 sons and a daughter from his first marriage – Kyler, Carter, Hudson and Halli. Sarah has a daughter, Annabelle from her first marriage. Kevin and Sarah have a son, Russell, and a daughter, Lillian, together. I have lots of great nieces and nephews.
I’m enjoying a happy reunion with my parents, Grandparents, aunts and uncles, a great sister-in-law and a little granddaughter, Katelyn, that I’ve never had the privilege of getting to know.
I would like to thank the Intermountain Homecare Hospice Team, especially Julie and Courtney and the Marriott-Slaterville Relief Society sisters for all of the kind help and support they have given me and Kent in the last six months.
A viewing will be held from 6 to 8 pm on Sunday, February 11, 2024 at Myers Mortuary, 845 Washington Blvd., Ogden. Funeral Services will be held on Monday, February 12th at the Mill Creek Ward, 250 North 1500 West at 11 am with a viewing prior from 9:30 to 10:30 am. Interment, Ben Lomond Cemetery.
Nancy’s service will be recorded and put on her obituary page later that day, to watch go to the bottom of the obituary page.