Jewel Scott Tageant

Published 7:06 pm Saturday, March 15, 2014


Jewel Scott Tageant, 83, died early Friday, March 14, 2014, at her home in Franklinton.

She was born in Natchez, Miss., on Feb. 1, 1931, and graduated from Washington High School in 1948. She attended Mississippi College and received a master’s degree from Southeastern Louisiana University and also from Nova University. Jewel and her family moved to Franklinton in the late 1960s. She became the director of Head Start-Early Childhood Development Program before retiring after 20 years of service. She always had a special place in her heart for the children she worked with and cared deeply for the rights of all young people.

Jewel was a member of First Baptist Church of Franklinton where she was active in the Winsome Sunday school class, WMU, Senior Singers and Merry Hearts group. She was a member of the American Legion Women’s Auxiliary and the Waverly Club. She enjoyed playing bridge and loved attending Franklinton High School Demon baseball games and followed the team for many years. She loved watching her grandchildren play for the Demons and in all their other activities. Jewel was forever a loving wife, mother and grandmother.

She is survived by three daughters and a son-in-law, Janice and David Westfaul of Pascagoula, Miss., Theresa Tageant of Hammond and Cookie Ruffino of Ponchatoula; three sons and daughters-in-law, Breaux and Sandy Tageant of Poplarville, Miss., Tim and Pam Tageant of Mandeville and Jeff and Toni Tageant of Franklinton; 10 grandchildren, Robert Tageant, Robin Tageant, Heather Tageant, Tyler Westfaul, Katie Scott Westfaul, Blake Ruffino, Evan Tageant, Clay Tageant, Connor Tageant and Hayden Tageant; a great-grandson, Brogen Blitch; and a sister, Katherine Scott of Franklinton.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Joseph Tageant; her parents, Eugene Dudley Scott and Henrietta Rushing Scott; and a sister, Emma Gene Libby.

Visitation will be Monday, March 17 at First Baptist Church of Franklinton from 1 p.m. until time for the funeral service at 3 p.m., with the Rev. Paul Watts and the Rev. Dale Parker officiating. Burial will follow in Ellis Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers donations to Franklinton Head Start or the Acts 1:8 Missions Fund of First Baptist Church.

Pallbearers will be her eight grandsons. Her great-grandson will be an honorary pallbearer.

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