The Honorable Trina Olinde "Punkin" Scott

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Trina Olinde (""Punkin"") Scott was born to Otis Olinde and Trina Morgan Olinde, in their family home in New Roads on December 14, 1920.  She died peacefully on July 31.  The cause of her passing was no specific malady but was simply the result of a long and productive life.  Mrs. Scott graduated from St. Joseph's Academy (now CHSPC) in 1938, then enrolled at Sophie Newcombe College in New Orleans, a city of which she was most fond, where, she reported, ""I had a good time.""  She then transferred to LSU and had to ""study for a change.""  Mrs. Scott married William H. (Booty) Scott on April 28, 1942 in New Roads.  Mr. Scott was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant by the U.S. Army before they married; he was thereafter dispatched overseas during World War II for eighteen months. Her teaching career began at Poydras, as a substitute teacher for her aunt (Marie Lancaster).  Midway through her son's (Scotty) third grade in 1952, her sister-in-law (Mac Olinde) took a leave of absence, and Mrs. Scott took her place.  The following year, while registering her daughter (Stella) for the third grade, Mrs. Scott vividly recalls a nun asking her: ""Are you the lady who taught third grade last year?  Will you teach it again this year?""  She then became Stella's third grade teacher, and two years later completed the trifecta when she was Susan's third grade instructor.  Grammar school teachers touch many lives. Booty Scott was elected Mayor of New Roads in 1960 and served for eighteen years.  Mr. Scott died in 1978.  Mrs. Scott was appointed to complete his term of office and relished her time as mayor.  She was thereafter elected to two full terms-the first and only female to be elected as Mayor of New Roads.  Mrs. Scott was instrumental in revitalizing Main Street, bolstering the police force, and during her tenure, New Roads's borders were extended, eastward and westward, thus allowing New Roads to be designated as a city. During her husband's administration, New Roads partnered with Pointe Coupee Parish and acquired property from Olivier Major on which to construct needed facilities.  Under Mayor Trina Scott's administration, the City of New Roads and the Pointe Coupee Parish Police Jury carried through the plan.  The Scott Civic Center, False River Regional Airport, sports parks, and playgrounds are the result. Her vocation was as educator.  Her civic duty was as Mayor.  Her life's work was as wife and mother.  Her avocation was that of a card player-specifically, a bridge player, a game she learned at her grandmother's feet, by simply watching during her grandmother's bridge parties.  When asked how she rated ""as a bridge player,"" on a 1 to 10 scale,  she responded ""8 ½."" Mrs. Scott is survived by her three children and their spouses, William Haile Scott, Jr. and his wife, Sandy Scott, Stella Scott David and her husband, Robert J. David, and Susan Scott Donham, and her husband, Charles L.  Donham.  Her grandchildren and their spouses include Stephen C. Donham and Marcy Jewell Donham, Robert J. David, Jr. and Lisa Baylor David, Richard M. David and Tracy J. David, Kerrie Donham Scott-Williams and Brian Scott-Williams, Keith P. Lemoine and Michele Lemoine.  Her great grandchildren are Jack Haile Donham, Luke E. Donham, Robert J. David, III, Zachary S. David, Katherine A. David, Julia E. David, Brennan, Elle, Erin, and Palmer Scott-Williams, and Jordan Walley. She was preceded in death by her husband, William H. Scott, her parents, Otis L. Olinde and Trina Morgan Olinde, her brothers, Otis L. Olinde, Jr. and I. G. Olinde, and by her sister, Oney Olinde Owen. Visitation begins at 11:00a.m. on Thursday, August 4, with mass to follow at high noon at St. Mary's Catholic Church, New Roads. Pallbearers will be Robert David, Jr., Robert David, III, Steve Donham, Jack Donham, Rick David, Zach David, and Keith Lemoine.  Honorary pallbearers will be Robert David, Charles Donham, Briggs Scott, Galyn Cagle, Louis Olinde, and Stephen David.
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Published in TheAdvocate.com from Aug. 1 to Aug. 4, 2016
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