75 years of love

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A chance encounter along a dirt road in Roosevelt County in 1937 set the wheels in motion for a lifetime of love.

Submitted photo: Socorro couple has lived here since 1970

Carl and Rubye Scott were 18 years old when they met that day, although finding the love of their life wasn’t on either one’s agenda. In fact, Scott and his friend were heading to a nearby lake to swim when they noticed a man and his daughter trying to free a cow that had become stuck in the mud. The two boys stopped to offer their assistance.

“That’s when I met her,” Carl said, glancing over at his wife of 75 years. “We got married in Tatum about six months or so later.”

Although meeting their soulmate that day was rather unexpected, the wedding ceremony itself took a bizarre twist on New Year’s Eve in 1937.

Carl and Rubye, along with another couple, picked up their marriage licenses and headed to Roswell to tie the knot. Once there, they were informed by the preacher they had to get married in the county that issued the license, which wasn’t the county they were in. The two couples jumped back in the Ford Model A coupe and headed to Tatum in Lea County to say their nuptials as the evening quickly turned to night.

“It was nearly midnight when we woke the preacher,” Carl said. “He performed the ceremony right there at his house.”

But, just minutes before midnight, the Scotts said, “I do,” and rang in the New Year with their friends, and began their journey as husband and wife.

Now, at 93 years old, the Scotts have slowed down a little, but they stay connected with their friends in the community. Carl still drives, and usually heads over to the senior citizen center for lunch during the week, and goes to lunch with Rubye at Good Samaritan on Sundays.

Their chance encounter, three quarters of a century ago, turned into many years of happiness, and although they have seen many changes over the years they never thought they’d see, they wouldn’t change a thing.

“I guess it was love at first sight,” Carl said, smiling.

They attribute their long marriage to hard work and “saying yes, ma’am,” Carl joked. “Course they all said it wouldn’t last.”

So what was the real secret to their successful marriage?

“Be true to one another,” Carl said.