Clevelyn “Cleve” Mary Rigdon Scott, 83, of Silvis, Illinois, was called home to be with the Lord on March 28, 2020 when she passed away at her residence.
Born in Des Moines, Iowa, on August 31, 1936, she was the only child to Evelyn Gamble Rigdon and Clifford Rigdon. She grew up in primarily in Moline, Illinois, attending various local schools graduating from Moline High School in 1954. As a young woman, she worked at International Harvester and participated as one of the first female union representatives at an international conference in Mexico City, Mexico in the early 1960’s. Cleve completed her career with 10 years of service at Nixalite when she retired in 1999.
Clevelyn met James “Jim” Carl Scott through mutual work and high school friends and married on April 2, 1966 at First Christian Church in Moline. She is the cherished mother of their two children, daughter, Tracee (Steven) Scott-Otis and, son, Troy Scott, and five beautiful grandchildren. She was also stepmother to Jim’s two older children, Jimbo Scott and Laurie (Chuck) York. Cleve’s kindergarten year at Willard Elementary was when she and Jim first met as young classmates, thus creating the family folklore of ‘grandma chasing grandpa around the playground trying to kiss him.’
Cleve, a tireless community volunteer, spent countless hours on PTA and school events, youth sports leagues, the Illini Hospital Women’s Auxiliary, and the Quad Cities chapter of the Scottish American Society, where she and Jim were members.
A fan of gardening and animals of most any kind, Cleve, could be found tending to a basket of flowers, coaxing along some homegrown tomatoes, or caring for one of her lifelong string of adored family dogs. She also loved reading, dancing, sewing, and a white Russian cocktail at happy hour.
In retirement with her beloved Jim, Cleve enjoyed many, happy years of couple’s golf weekends, women’s morning golf leagues, multiple trips to Scotland and warm winters first to the gulf coast and then as snowbirds to their second home in Scottsdale, Arizona. Their travels also included extensive criss-crossing of the local Midwest following their soccer-playing grandchildren.
Per her wishes, Cleve will be cremated. Services to remember Cleve and celebrate her life will be named for an upcoming date when it is safe to gather together with Jim, their family and friends.
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