Enola Trahan, age 92, longtime piano teacher specializing in music theory and piano pedagogy, died July 4 2011. She was born on Sunday at high noon in the plantation house near Lydia, Louisiana. Her first 73 years were spent in Port Arthur, Texas. She moved to Clear Lake area, Houston, Texas in 1992.
Mrs. Trahan, in addition to teaching music privately for 60 plus years, worked as a legal secretary, first assistant to the supervisor in the payroll & bond department at Consolidated Steele Shipyard during WW II; Camp Fire Girls secretary, Field Director & later Executive Director; and the Historical Museum of the Gulf Coast at Lamar University, Pt. Arthur.
Mrs. Trahan received her education at St. Mary's Convent School; Thomas Jefferson High School; Pt. Arthur Business College; Lamar College & Lamar University at Beaumont; St. Louis Conservatory of Music, Missouri and Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri; the Lucerne Conservatory of Music, Switzerland; Sebelius Conservatory of Music, Helsinki, Finland; and the Conservatory of Music, Florence, Italy. Her special interests were history, art, travel, dance, bridge and the study of foreign languages.
Her activities in Pt. Arthur were: member of St. James Catholic Church; organist for the Catholic Daughters of America, Group; Sunday Bible pre-school teacher; choir; National Council of Catholic Women; Women's Altar Society Group 8; and Eucharist Minister. Her volunteer work included docent for the Beaumont Art Museum; docent at the Beaumont McFadden-Ward House Museum; and Historical Museum of the Gulf Coast at Lamar University, Pt. Arthur.
Her club participation included PTA; Camp Fire Leaders Association; National Federated Women's Club; Symphony and Heritage Antique Study Club; Advisor of Federated Junior Music Club; Pt Arthur and Mid County Music Teachers Association from which she was selected "Teacher of the Year"; DAR; "Welcome Neighbors", Clear Lake; St. Bernadette's WOW Club; the Bay Area Symphony League; Clear Creek Association of Retired Teachers; and Friends of the University of Houston, Clear Lake. She was a life member of the Historical Society of Pt. Arthur and the Lamar University Alumni Association.
Enola served on the 1st all Women's Jury in Jefferson County; on the city PTA Council; the District Educational Chairman and State Board Member of the Federated Music Club; and the Juvenile Driver's Licensing Board. She was a writing contributor for the National Music Teachers Magazine and book reviewer.
Mrs. Trahan was preceded in death by her father, Charles S. Rodrigue, Mother, Edna Blanchard Rodrigue Ellender, a step-father, Luther Ellender, brother Army Air Corps pilot, Capt. Peter R. Rodrigue, a World War II casualty, and her husband of 40 years, Hubert Lee Trahan.
Survivors include Mary Ellen Trahan of Houston; Charles Faye Trahan Wratislaw, Son-in-Law, Fredric S. Wratislaw; Grandchildren, Kimberly Wratislaw Pondrom, grandson-in-law, Michael Pondrom and Grandson, Fredric Lee Wratislaw, all of Dallas.
Enola was a member of St. Bernadette's Catholic community. A Mass of Christian celebration of her life was held at St. Bernadette's Catholic Church on July16, with private burial in Pt. Arthur, Texas on July 18.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Gerald Abreo, Dr. James Incalcaterra, and Dr. Manish Rungta and their staffs, who cared for our Mother, along with the wonderful staff of A-Med Home Health Care and, during the last few weeks of her life, A-Med Community Hospice. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made in Enola's name to A-Med Community Hospice, 8901 E. F. Lowry Expressway, Suite B, Texas City, Texas 77591.