Mary Carlene Ragusa
Mary Carlene Ragusa

Obituary of Mary Carlene Scott Ragusa

Mary Carlene Scott Ragusa, a resident of Slidell, Louisiana and native of New Orleans, succumbed to the COVID-19 virus at Slidell Memorial Hospital on Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at the age of 77.  Carlene was born on December 13, 1942 to George Leonard Scott and Ethel Elizabeth Thibodaux Scott. She was raised in the French Quarter and attended St. Louis Cathedral Grammar School and Rabouin High School. Her first job, as a high school student, was in the candy department of the downtown Sears & Roebuck store. She later worked in the office of the Blue Plate Company before becoming an assistant to Doctors Perscich & Ciolino. For most of her career, she worked for D.H. Holmes Department Store. She started as a seasonal, part-time employee at Lakeside and worked her way up the ranks to management at Oakwood and Lake Forest.  Her last position with D.H. Holmes was as Cosmetics Coordinator at the Canal Street store, where she oversaw the operations of the cosmetics departments of each of the company branches.  After retiring from D. H. Holmes, she held many retail positions in the Slidell area and taught cake decorating in Biloxi, Mississippi.  She was also an accomplished seamstress and florist.  Carlene was a member of the Widows Group at Saints Peter and Paul Church in Pearl River, Louisiana.  She was also a member of the Slidell Republican Women’s Club, the Lioness Club, the Loyal Order of Moose, and a previous member of the Sons of Italy. Her passion for genealogical research led her to enduring friendships with previously unknown relatives. 

Her charismatic personality and quick-wit were both memorable and engaging. To many, she was a present-day “Auntie Mame”, who knew no strangers. Carlene was married three times.  All three husbands (Dominick C. Ragusa, Richard J. Tabola, and Mike D. Needham) are deceased. Carlene is survived by her immediate family: daughter Mary Susan Ragusa Ahrens; grandson Wade F. Mahaffey III; great-grandsons James F. Mahaffey and Paul Wachter Mahaffey (due on June 5, 2020); sisters Marlene Susan Scott Mercier (Emmett) and Helen Linda Scott Marchand (Roy); and a brother Joel Howard Scott (Adele Chris Paddock). She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, and Thibodaux, LaGarde, and Scott cousins. A Catholic Mass and a memorial service will be held at Saints Peter and Paul in Pearl River, Louisiana at a later date.  Interment will be at Greenwood Cemetery in New Orleans.  Memories and condolences may be expressed at


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A Catholic Mass and a memorial service will be held at Saints Peter and Paul in Pearl River, Louisiana at a later date.
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