Linda Lou Scaife
Linda Lou Scaife
  • January 21, 1951 - February 11, 2017
  • Odessa, Texas

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Linda Lou "Jewel" Mays Scaife began her heavenly reunion with family and friends, February 11, 2017. Her earthly journey began January 21, 1951, in Wortham, TX. Her parents, Will Mays and Jewel Baker preceded her in joining the Lord. Linda moved from Wortham, TX to Odessa, TX at an early age. She attended Carver Elementary, Blackshear Jr-Sr. High School, graduating in 1968 from Ector High School. She accepted Christ at a young age and was a member of St. James Missionary Baptist Church (SJMBC) under the leadership of Rev. W.R. Ockletree, Rev. R. T. McNeil, and presently under the leadership of Rev. Samuel Buhl Sr.After graduating from high school, Linda began working at AT&T as a Telephone Operator. She later transferred to Denver, CO, continuing her career with Mountain Bell. Linda's work ethic was stellar. She amassed many lifelong friends at work and her co-workers will always remember her sense of style, flair, and humor. True to her passion, Linda remained a dedicated employee of AT&T, returning to Odessa in 1983; she retired in 2002. Linda's family was an extremely important part of her life. She was united in marriage to the love of her life, Anthony "Tony" Scaife, Valentine's Day, February 14, 1978. She was a loving wife and mother who adored her husband, two beautiful children, and three talented grand-daughters. Linda was also a faithful servant of the Lord, who labored tirelessly in the church and touched the lives of many through her service. Linda loved to praise God through song. She was a gifted musician, playing piano for the SJMBC Men's Chorus, and was a member of the Sanctuary Choir. She was a committed member of the Women's Sunday School class, Deaconess Ministry, and Food Pantry Ministry. In addition, she was the president of the SJMBC Business and Professional Women's Ministry where her involvement led to the creation of the annual Mother/Daughter Banquet, which funded the W.R. Ockletree Scholarship Endowment. Another initiative of Linda's was donating "care packages" annually to the homeless. She was a member of the James Elkins Singers and taught music to the students at Just for Me Learning Center.Linda took pride in her community and loved working wherever needed. She was a very genuine person and never too busy to offer assistance to anyone, exhibiting kindness to all she encountered. In Linda's spare time, she loved gathering with friends, singing, shopping and traveling. She was a jet-setter who enjoyed planning travel excursions. Her love of travel extended beyond her family; she was a member of the Thirty Plus Travel Club, taking annual jaunts across America. She also traveled with the SJBPWM. Linda was a member of the Telephone Pioneers.Linda's greatest joy was her family. Her laugh was infectious and her spirit inspirational. She loved people and never met a stranger. Linda's life will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. at St. James Missionary Baptist Church, 2212 E. 11th St, Odessa, TX 79761, Rev. Samuel Buhl, Sr. officiating; viewing prior to the service from 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. Those left to cherish her memory are her loving and devoted husband Anthony; son Paris Vonzell Berry of Odessa, TX; daughter Tonisha Fanchon Scaife of Dallas, TX; grand-daughters Jessica Clayrene Berry and Rinna Nichol Berry of Odessa, TX, and Heaven Iriya Scaife of Dallas, TX; goddaughter LaKeeta "Tweety" Seals of Detroit, MI; mother-in-law, Mrs. Jerelene Scaife of Marvel, AR; sisters-in-law Verdene Walls of St. Louis, MO; Rosalind (Barry) Southall of Atlanta, GA; and brother-in-law John B. (Verna) Scaife Jr. of West Memphis, TN. She is survived by many dear relatives and friends. Arrangements under the direction of Odessa Funeral Home, Odessa, TX.