Elaine Carol Scogin

of Kerrville, TX

April 30, 1923 - May 3, 2024

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Elaine Carol Scogin, 101, of Kerrville, passed away Friday, May 3, 2024, in Kerrville. She was born April 30, 1923, in Comfort, TX. Her parents, Louis and Alvina (Flach) Haufler, were of German heritage. She would reminisce about good German food and the tasty pies, cakes and cookies her mother loved to bake.

After WWI, there was an unhappy period of antagonism toward anyone of German descent, of enough concern that her family ceased speaking German in public. However, German was Elaine's only language up to the age of five, when they moved to Kerrville. Attending school where everything was in English was very hard for her at first, but fortunately she learned quickly.

She remembers happily playing outside with 15 or so other children until dark. Each mother had a distinctive whistle to call them home for supper. Their parents had no concern whatsoever about their safety. Nor did anyone feel a need to lock doors of homes or cars. Elaine continued in Kerrville schools until graduating from Tivy High School in 1940. While still a junior, she met her future husband, Garland Scogin, when his family moved into a house across the street. In 1943, they were married in a small family ceremony at home.

Garland, was a member of the National Guard, was called up to serve five years with the field artillery in Germany during WWII--an anxious time for Elaine, waiting for each letter. At war's end, he had further service in Austria before he could return home. Elaine had begun working at Peterson's Garage and Oil Co., continuing there for 35 years. She remembers her pride at receiving $15.60 for her first 48-hour week, $5 of which she immediately put in savings. Peterson sold all five models of GM cars. In those days, a handshake and a promise to pay when the crops came in was considered sufficient to buy a car! Elaine comments, "The world hasn't changed--- but people have!"

Elaine also worked ten years as office manager for Hill Country Savings and Loan, and Garland worked many years in the sporting goods department of Schreiner's Department Store. The couple enjoyed long walks--a couple of miles before breakfast and jobs. When no children arrived, they pursued adoption, but $5,000 for each child was unaffordable. Thus, since Garland's passing in 1996, loving friends have become Elaine's only family. She once belonged to three bridge clubs and still meets regularly with one group. Her careful savings of money since early childhood enabled her to continue living in her own home, with some caregiving help. After a man popped by to see her, she remarked, "I've known him since he was a boy. He's done so much, is really like a son."

It was 77 years ago, April 13th of 1947, that Elaine and Garland joined First Presbyterian Church. She knows only a few members now as, for several years, mobility issues have kept her from attending. She particularly loved the beautiful old sanctuary with its Tiffany windows, and recalls many hours spent in its basement washing and drying tiny cups after communion services.

Services will be held privately.

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7 Condolence(s)
Darleen A Allan
Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Snookie and Garland lived across the street when I was a child. After I was grown, that wonderful couple being "good Neighbors" helped make it possible for my mom to live in her home across from them until 4 months before her death. They earned their halos many times over. This world has lost the best example of Angel living on earth. Our loss, Heaven's gain.

bud a fawcett
Tuesday, May 7, 2024

Snookie was a great great lady , she worked with my dad and uncle at Peterson Auto. GOD BLESS YOU SNOOKIE the world needs more people like you.

Marlena Lau
Monday, May 6, 2024

Dr. Robledo and I send our deepest condolences. Thank you for allowing us to care for Mrs. Scoggins. You are all in our prayers.

Lyndall Munson
Beaumont, TX
Monday, May 6, 2024

I know Elaine for a long time. She was my Aunte's best friend they talk every day, her name was Ione Swayze. when she passaway I stared call, and we bcame close friends. She was such a lovely lady . I always call her Snookie, I well miss her every day. She is with the Lord now and that where she wantrd to be. Rest in Peace my dear friend.

Macky Gibbs Pitts
Midland, TX
Monday, May 6, 2024

Elaine (Aunt Snooky) was such a beautiful lady…inside and out! I had the pleasure of knowing her my entire life. She and Garland (Uncle Baldy) were like family to us. I’m so very thankful to have had them in my life! Such a blessing to me and my family. I know that she and Garland as well as my mom and dad are having a blast right now!

Donna Spencer
Comfort, TX
Monday, May 6, 2024

I am so honored to have known this beautiful lady. I first met her in 1982 when I started working at SASA, formerly Hill Country Savings and Loan. I was 18 and only a week out of high school. I thought Snookie was so poised and elegant, but most of all she was so kind. I am proud to say that I was in the "Old Ladies Club" with her and enjoyed many lunches at Acapulco with this group! Snookie's grace and kindness will never be forgotten.......

Clarice Amann
Kerrville, TX
Monday, May 6, 2024

Fond memories of Elaine remain. I am grateful to have had the chance to lunch and visit with her in the past. I will miss those chances in the future.

Clarice Amann