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Johnnie B. Holloway Scott, a longtime resident of Alamogordo, passed away December 7, 2016 in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

Mrs. Scott, the second of seven siblings, was born and reared in Jacksonville, Florida to the union of Thomas Frank Holloway, Sr and Myrthle Lucille (Lester) Holloway. She accepted Jesus Christ at an early age and was a member of Mt. Ararat Baptist Church in Jacksonville.

Mrs. Scott was a graduate of Stanton High School, received an Associates of Arts degree in Home Economics from Edward Waters College in Jacksonville, Florida; a Bachelor of Science degree in Home Economics with a minor in Elementary Education from Bethune-Cookman College, Daytona Beach, Florida; a Master of Arts degree in Special Education from Colorado State University now Northern Colorado University, Greeley, Colorado; and an Elementary Principal's Certificate, New Mexico State University.

Johnnie Scott worked as a teacher and Director at the Opportunity School for the Mentally Handicapped in Cheyenne, Wyoming from 1954-1959. She was the first paid teacher and Director at the Zia School and Therapy Center in Alamogordo, New Mexico from 1961-1962. From 1962-1969, Johnnie Scott was a fifth grade teacher at Holloman Elementary School, Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico. She was a fifth grade teacher at Buena Vista Elementary School in Alamogordo, New Mexico from 1969-1979. She served as Principal of North Elementary School in Alamogordo, New Mexico from 1979-1982. From 1982-1984, she was a teacher with the Gifted Programs with the Alamogordo and Holloman schools. It was from this last position that she retired.

Johnnie Scott's community service included New Mexico Governor's Award Outstanding New Mexico Women; State delegate to the White House Conference on Libraries in Washington, D.C.; Alamogordo Hall of Fame Inductee; Woman of the Year Business and Professional Women; Alamogordo High School Scholarship Foundation; Black History Chairperson, City of Alamogordo and New Hope Baptist Church for approximately 25 years; Otero County United Way Board Member and Secretary; Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee Treasurer Otero County; Otero County Kiwanniannes Past President, Board Member and Scholarship Committee; Zia Girl Scout Council Board of Governors; and Guest Speaker at First United Baptist Church-El Paso, Texas; Guest Speaker at New Mexico Highlands University; Panel Speaker on the importance of education for the Alamogordo Library Association and Women's Day Speaker, New Zion Baptist Church, Alamogordo, New Mexico.

Johnnie Scott was a life member and former treasurer of Alamogordo Branch NAACP. In addition, she served on the NAACP state audit committee.

She was a life member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Golden Soror. As a member and Deaconess at New Hope Baptist Church, Mrs. Scott was active in teaching Sunday School, Bible School and the Training Union.

Johnnie Scott authored several published historical articles focusing on pioneers of Southern New Mexico. She was an exceptional seamstress and cook who enjoyed crocheting and knitting, traveling, spending time with her grandsons and staying at the family cabin in the mountains.

Mrs. Johnnie Scott was preceded in death by her husband, Isaiah Leon Scott: her parents; three brothers and two sisters-Nathaniel L. Holloway, Nolan P. Holloway, Thomas F. Holloway, Jr., Joyce (Holloway) Montgomery, and Sandra (Holloway) Cook.
Survivors include three daughters: Jackqueline Scott Coleman and her husband Alton of Rochester Hills, Michigan; Debora Lee Scott of Pflugerville, Texas, and Carolyn Lynn Scott of Las Cruces, New Mexico; two grandsons: Damon Scott Coleman of Sylvania, Ohio; Reuben Cardwell Coleman (Dionne) of Rochester Hills, Michigan: two great-granddaughters; Elyse Kennedy Coleman and Layla Kendall Coleman of Rochester Hills, Michigan: one sister, Barbara Holloway Geiger of San Diego, California; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Mrs. Johnnie B. Holloway Scott, a devoted Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Great- grandmother and dedicated Christian, will be missed by countless relatives, friends and colleagues.

Visitation will be held at Hamilton O'Dell Funeral Home on Friday, December 16 from 5 to 7 pm. The funeral service will be conducted on Saturday, December 17 at Hamilton O'Dell Funeral Home at 3 pm. Graveside service will follow at Monte Vista Cemetery.

The Scott family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Hamilton-O'Dell Funeral Home to direct the funeral services. To sign the online register book, please visit www.hamiltonodell.com.
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Dec. 14, 2016 to Jan. 13, 2017
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