Penny Lee Schaller Trahan

July 19, 1960 - December 12, 2019

Penny Trahan

Penny Lee Schaller Trahan, 59, of Village Mills, finished her final chapter, laying down her reading glasses and pen on Thursday, December 12, 2019, at the end of a brief, but beautiful life. Her story began in Alexandria, La on July 19, 1960, born into this world unto proud parents, Dorothy Riles Schaller and Jerry Gordon Schaller, their firstborn of five children.

As a child she attended Frasch Elementary School in Sulphur La, before relocating with her family to Johnson Bayou, La. She met her future husband of forty years, Gregory K. Trahan, on the first day of fourth grade. Along with her soon to be husband, she graduated with honors, at the top of her class, valedictorian, lettered in both basketball and track. Her graduation speech was typed neatly on note cards and stapled together in a manner befitting of her calm and collected nature. After high school she attended Louisiana College in Pineville, La, where she wrote numerous letters to her family and her sweetheart, all of which she kept in her beloved hope chest. Sentimental, nostalgic, and perceptive she accumulated keepsakes and tokens of gratitude from every facet of her life.

She married her childhood sweetheart on December 29, 1979 at Johnson Bayou Baptist Church, in a traditional Christian ceremony surrounded by friends and family. She spoke of this day with such clarity and reverence, her small country wedding, where she and her soulmate became one. Loyal, honest and true, one of the greatest joys in her life was her husband, whom she never lost that innocent love for. They purchased their first home in Johnson Bayou, a tiny green trailer, bought from her brother in law, Jesse Trahan. She recalled the simplicity of these times, and laughed about her Papa, and father in law, Alton Trahan, taking the hideous new carpet they purchased for the trailer up to the high school gymnasium, where they spread, measured and cut it.

Three years after marrying her soulmate, she gave birth to her firstborn son, Casey, finding her newest and most treasured title, a proud mother. Three and half short years later, she gave birth to their second son, Jared. She raised her two boys, with whom she referred to as her lights, in the marshlands of south Louisiana with a pure and honest love. Encouraging, bright, quick witted and classy, her nurturing nature was visible to all. She and her husband created a home, the type of home that was always full of visiting relatives, friends, laughter and love.

A creative and artistic soul, she learned to play the piano from her mother and grandmother, of whom she recalled often and fondly. Some of her favorite childhood memories were sitting on the piano bench with her grandmother, watching her fingers glide delicately and effortlessly across the ivory keys. Following in her grandmother’s footsteps, she became the church pianist, recreating the memory as a Yaya, for each of her own beloved granddaughters. For over 20 years she served as the pianist for the Johnson Bayou Baptist church before relocating to Wildwood Baptist Church after Hurricane Ike.

She worked throughout her life, holding numerous titles, none of which meant more to her than that of wife, mother and Yaya. She drove the school bus for her children, was a library manager, laundromat employee, cafeteria worker, chaperone on countless school and athletic functions, HR manager, organized numerous church and community events, each job done diligently and respectably. No job, or person for that matter, was beneath her. A devoted Christian, wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt and Yaya, she selflessly volunteered and gave her time for the betterment of her family and community.

An avid reader, she could devour an entire book in a day, all while casually rocking on the porch with a cup of coffee, containing plenty of French vanilla cream. She adored reading, writing, music, history, art and the wonders of the natural world. A true wordsmith, she left tucked away in her hope chest numerous journals, their pages filled with her stories, memories, poetry and thoughts. Humble and kind, she never met a stranger. She had a way of seeing people, of making people feel comfortable. A rare type of person who had a knack for striking up conversations with anyone, no matter the background, no matter the place, she could find common ground and her way of talking made you feel as if you’ve known her all your life.

Her favorite flowers were white Shasta daisies, and the Louisiana iris. Her favorite bird was the eastern blue bird. Her favorite smells were hardwood gymnasiums, gardenias, freshly cut grass, feed stores and saddle shops. Her favorite meal was a fried porkchop, smothered greens, purple hull peas, mashed potatoes, cornbread and an ice-cold glass bottle of Coca-Cola. She loved clean white clothing, and her accent color was always red. Her favorite sight was all of her kid’s shoes piled up at the door. She was a simple girl, who loved the character and backstory of things, rode with the top down, beat up shoes, frayed ball cap and radio blasting.

Penny leaves behind her soulmate, Gregory Trahan; her loving children, Casey Trahan and his wife, Penni, of Wildwood and Jared Trahan and his wife, Brooke, of Brenham; her beautiful granddaughters Lainey, Aubree, Miley, Norah, and Roslyn Trahan; proud parents, Dot and Jerry Schaller of Longville, Louisiana; beloved siblings, Robin Hall and her husband, Dana, of Deridder, Louisiana; David “Rip” Schaller and his wife, Marsha, of Conroe; Anne Bartlett and her husband, David, of Longville, Louisiana; and Joseph Schaller and his wife, Lisa, of Cut and Shoot; and a host of friends, relatives, and “strangers” she met, whose hearts have forever been changed by her beauty and grace.

A private gathering of Penny’s family and friends will be at their home, from 3:00 pm until 5:30 pm on Monday, December 16, followed by a community wide viewing from 6:00 pm until 9:00 p.m., Monday, December 16, 2019, at Wildwood Baptist Church, 101 Wildwood Drive, Village Mills, under the direction of Broussard’s, Silsbee. Her funeral service will be 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, December 17, 2019, at Johnson Bayou Baptist Church, 6710 Gulf Beach Highway, Cameron, Louisiana. Her interment will follow at Head of the Hollow Cemetery, Johnson Bayou, Louisiana.

Video

Broussard's Mortuary - Silsbee, TX
490 Cemetery Road Silsbee, TX 77656
Gathering of Family and Friends
Wildwood Baptist Church
100 Wildwood Drive Village Mills, TX 77663
Monday, December 16, 2019
6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.
Funeral Service
Johnson Bayou Baptist Church
6710 Gulf Beach Highway, Cameron, Louisiana
Tuesday, December 17, 2019
11;00 a.m.
Head of The Hollow Cemetery
29.763158 Zzz93.690057
Wildwood Baptist Church
101 Wildwood Drive, Village Mills, Texas 77663

Comments (14)

  • Christy

    16 December 2019 at 02:06 | #

    You had the voice of an angel. I loved listening to you sing at church. It was you that brought me closer to God. I cherish the time we shared together. Rest In Peace my sweet friend! I will forever love you! Watch over us. Fly high with the other angels!

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  • Wanda Jinks

    16 December 2019 at 00:34 | #

    My prayers and thoughts are with all of you. Penni was a wonderful person and friend, she will be missed by all. Rest In Peace my dear friend.

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  • Byron Wooldridge

    15 December 2019 at 23:41 | #

    Greg
    My most heartfelt condolences to you and your family. I recall how much your love for Penny came through in your voice when conversation turned to family. May the Lord bless and keep her and the Perpetual Light shine upon her.

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  • Ben Davis

    15 December 2019 at 14:06 | #

    Penny always had a warming personality and was a soul that always made me feel as part of the family ! Penny rest easy and be in peace as your work her is done . Watch over your family and know that we already miss your spirit.

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  • Elaine Barnett

    15 December 2019 at 13:43 | #

    Penny was just as classy as she was sweet. She was always so kind to me and my boys. There is nothing anyone can say or do to take away the hurt everyone’s hearts are feeling right now however just know she was a Christian woman and our Lord and Savior has Penny in Heaven.

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  • Pam Blanchard Hall

    15 December 2019 at 03:17 | #

    Such a beautiful soul was Penny.I thought the world of her.She will be terribly missed by all.A voice of an angel and befitting she will now sing with the angels.Be at peace now Penny.We will meet again someday.

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  • Marsha

    15 December 2019 at 01:50 | #

    Hard to believe that beautiful smiling face is no longer walking the earth.
    My prayers for healing, peace and understanding during this most difficult time. Love and hugs for you all.

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  • Carolyn Brown Stewart

    15 December 2019 at 00:43 | #

    May God hold you in His arms and keep you my friend. Your loving smile and friendship will truly be missed.

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  • Brandi Moore

    15 December 2019 at 00:36 | #

    Our hearts are broken for the Trahan family. Yaya was so precious to us! We felt like family when we were with her! Fly high sweet lady!

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  • Ben James Lapina

    15 December 2019 at 00:05 | #

    She was my aunt in law and have great memories of her. We will truly miss her.

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  • Ritch Mooneyham

    14 December 2019 at 22:52 | #

    I'm at a loss for words. So many emotions are still tearing at my heart and head. Penny & I had that special cousin bond between us. Even after losing touch with each other for many, many years, when we finally reconnected it was as if we were never apart. I will cherish our phone calls over the past year. Greg ... I can tell you that you were her rock and she loved you, the boys (men) & wives and grandchildren with every fiber of her body. I listened to story after story about everybody on our phone calls with each other. I will miss hearing about everyone's escapades in that unique manner in which she would tell the stories. My heart aches for the family and I am only a phone call away for ANY of Pen's family.

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  • Edmond Trahan

    14 December 2019 at 21:29 | #

    Sorry for y’all’s loss prayers for the family

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  • Charlotte Jinks

    14 December 2019 at 21:19 | #

    My dear friend,so many beautiful memories we shared in Johnson Bayou will always be in my heart and soul.. you were a one of a kind cherished woman,loved by many. May you rest in peace my dear friend.I love you,and my thoughts and prayers are with all the family members.

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  • Debby Griffith

    14 December 2019 at 20:55 | #

    Penny was a remarkable beautiful friend and lady. She always made everyone she met feel welcome, accepted, loved and special. It's difficult to realize she isn't on earth with us anymore. But I'm picturing her with Jesus in heaven and with family members and friends. I will always think of her with the fondest memories and will see her again, when I'm called home.

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