H.R. No. 1710
         WHEREAS, The passing of Nancy McJunkin Scalise of Austin on
  March 5, 2019, at the age of 75, has deeply saddened all who knew
  her; and
         WHEREAS, Born to James Nelson McJunkin and Julia Ellen Bass
  McJunkin in Wetumpka, Alabama, on November 11, 1943, the former
  Nancy McJunkin grew up with a younger brother, Jim; her father's
  career in the U.S. Air Force took the family to many locations, and
  during several formative years in Okinawa, Japan, she developed a
  love of Japanese art and culture, as well as a passion for travel,
  adventure, and archaeology; she studied theater at the University
  of Alabama before completing her education at Tulane University in
  New Orleans; and
         WHEREAS, She settled in the French Quarter and married a
  fellow resident, James Scalise, in December 1976; they became the
  proud parents of two sons, Jason and Justin; a loving and devoted
  mother, Ms. Scalise instilled in her children an abiding interest
  in theater, reading, and language, and her sunny optimism informed
  their upbringing; and
         WHEREAS, Early in her career, Ms. Scalise worked as a fashion
  buyer and model for Maison Blanche department store; she went on to
  teach English and administer tests in the gifted and talented
  program in New Orleans public schools, and she earned a number of
  awards for her teaching and writing; she founded and published G/T,
  the Gifted and Talented Newsletter, as a resource for her fellow
  educators; and
         WHEREAS, Dedicated to her historic neighborhood, she
  established an activist group, Vieux Carré Voice, that focused the
  attention of city officials on the needs of the district; in the
  wake of Hurricane Katrina, she relocated to Austin to be near
  family, and she continued her civic engagement, volunteering in the
  theater community and at the Next-to-New Shop of St. David's
  Episcopal Church; and
         WHEREAS, Nancy Scalise brightened the days of innumerable
  people through the years, and although she is greatly missed, those
  who were fortunate enough to know her will forever cherish their
  memories of her warmth, elegance, and generosity; now, therefore,
  be it
         RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 86th Texas
  Legislature hereby pay tribute to the life of Nancy McJunkin
  Scalise and extend sincere condolences to her husband, James
  Scalise; to her sons, Jason and Justin Scalise; to her brother,
  James McJunkin Jr., and his wife, Beth; and to her other relatives
  and many friends; and, be it further
         RESOLVED, That an official copy of this resolution be
  prepared for her family and that when the Texas House of
  Representatives adjourns this day, it do so in memory of Nancy
  McJunkin Scalise.
  Speaker of the House     
         I certify that H.R. No. 1710 was unanimously adopted by a
  rising vote of the House on May 24, 2019.
  Chief Clerk of the House