Lottie Scoggins Gaar, 82, of West Monroe, Louisiana, passed away on Wednesday, October 14, 2020. A “Celebration of Life” will be held at a later date, to be determined.
Lottie was born to Ruth & James Scoggins on June 24, 1938 in Holly Ridge, Louisiana. She was the blond-haired, green-eyed second child of four daughters. Lottie often mentioned how lucky she felt, growing up as a young child, that her family lived close to grandparents, aunts, uncles & cousins. She spoke of the joy of running in fields & woods, fishing in creeks, climbing fences & trees…staying gone all day. During her middle-school years, Lottie’s family moved “to town”. She was a graduate of West Monroe High School, Class of 1956. Shortly after high school, Lottie married and started her own family. During this time she began her career as a Executive Secretary at Brown Paper Mill. After 40 years of continuous employment, Lottie retired from Riverwood.
Lottie was an amazing Mother, who while working full-time, also cooked wonderful meals daily for her family. Her home was elegant, yet warm & inviting. She was always kind to others, setting a good example for her children, as well as their peers. She embraced the family togetherness she experienced as a youth when raising her own family. Her home was the center of yearly extended family holidays and celebrations.
Lottie had many interests throughout her life and loved her family and friends dearly.
She enjoyed her flowers, gardening and was a wonderful southern cook. Lottie was still active in many social and civic groups including her WMHS Class of 1956 Reunion Committee, Sunday School at First Baptist Church in West Monroe, Birthday Club, Canasta Group, Pokeno, Republican Women’s Organization, and D’Arbonne Hills Study Club.
A true southern lady, Lottie was beautiful, kind, always well-dressed, & known for her vibrant, determined spirit. She endured some significant health issues over the past 14 years, which she battled with grit & determination. After contracting Covid-19, Lottie developed Covid pneumonia. Her body could not repair.
Lottie was preceded in death by her father: James H Scoggins; mother: Ruth Aaron Scoggins Wheeler; step-father: Winfred Wheeler; ex-husband and father of her 4 children: Donnie Erskine Gaar; & sister: Climmie Wainwright.
Those left to cherish her memory include children: Nora Parker (Matt) of Calhoun, La.; Dana Duncan (Dale) of Woodstock, Ga.; James “Randy” Gaar (Lisa) of Calhoun, La.; Charlotte Segovia (Oscar) of Clarkesville, Ga.; grandchildren: Brandon Parker (Emily), Grant Parker (Kelly), Amber Randall (Drew), Laura Duncan, Audra Duncan, Jonathan Gaar (Destiny), & sisters: Elizabeth “Bug” Cooper & Marilyn Coats. Lottie is also survived by 6 great-grandchildren, numerous nieces & nephews, and a host of extended family and friends.
If you would like to honor the memory of Lottie, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Boys Town were organizations dear to her heart.