Olinde Valentine Smith Haag, a longtime resident of New Roads, and resident of Baton Rouge since 2012, died May 28, 2014. She was the only child of Reuben Butterworth Smith and Valentine Vida Olinde, born in Shreveport, and raised in New Roads. Most in Pointe Coupee Parish knew her as "Miss Toppy". She was formerly married to Bryce Kennon Tomlin of Houston, Texas, and to Richard Sebastian Patin of New Roads, both deceased. She was the widow of William G. Haag, Ph.D., retired from LSU, whose sons are William, Forest, and Alaric Haag. She raised four children: son Bryce Kennon Tomlin, Jr., whose wife is Mary Evangeline, of New Roads; and daughters Ann Tomlin Hall of Alexandria; Catherine Tomlin Steffes, whose husband is William E. Steffes, of Baton Rouge; and Susan Smith Tomlin (formerly Alford) of New Roads. Her nine beloved grandchildren are: Allyson Tomlin Griner, whose husband is Lee, of Atlanta, GA; Bryce Kennon Tomlin, III, whose wife is Lauren, of Baton Rouge; Laure Corinne Hall of Alexandria; Noel Steffes Melancon, whose husband is Kevin, of Baton Rouge; William E. Steffes, Jr., whose wife is Kristin, of Gainesville, FL; Robert Thomas Steffes, whose wife is Roshitha, of Covington; and Travis Reuben Alford, Elliot Randall Alford, and Olivia Tomlin Alford of Bangor, ME. She also leaves three great-grandchildren: Taylor Valentine, Rhea Steffes, and Annabelle Steffes. She graduated from Louisiana State University with a B.S. in Chemistry in 1948, and held a master's degree plus thirty hours in natural science from LSU. She was retired from the East Baton Rouge Parish School System, where she taught for over 20 years. She was a member of the St. Paul's Holy Trinity Episcopal Church of New Roads, where she served on the Vestry, and St. Mary's Episcopal Church of Morganza. She was active in historical preservation and was a founding member of the Pointe Coupee Parish Museum. She served as DAR Regent, was a member of the Reading Circle of New Roads, and was a Colonial Dame. A memorial service, to which all are invited, will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, June 8, 2014, at St. Paul's Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in New Roads. A private service for immediate family members was held on May 31, 2014. The family wishes to extend their utmost appreciation and gratitude to the staff of St. James Place, and to Hospice of Baton Rouge. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to St. Paul Holy Trinity Episcopal Church of New Roads, or the Pointe Coupee Parish Museum of New Roads.
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Published in TheAdvocate.com from May 31 to June 1, 2014