Obituary of Margaret Gallino Scotten
Lifetime Grass Valley resident Margaret Gallino Scotten passed away peacefully surrounded by family on July 16, 2017 at the age of 88.
The Holy Rosary will be recited at 6 p.m. Sunday, July 23, 2017 at Hooper Weaver Mortuary, Nevada City. A funeral mass will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, July 24, 2107 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Grass Valley.
Midge was the ninth of 10 children. She was born to Antone and Margarita Gallino on September 28, 1928 at the Gallino Dairy in Grass Valley. She was raised on the dairy with her siblings and it was there that she developed her love of animals. It was a love she carried with her for her entire life. She graduated from Grass Valley High School in 1946. She became the secretary at Hennessy School and remained there for her entire 46 year career, retiring in 1992. Midge married Trusten (Scotty) Scotten on February 28, 1957. They were married 44 years when Scotty passed away in 2001. Her days at the school were truly treasured. She never had a day she did not want to go to work as she loved children and always said there were never two days alike. She worked for 12 different principals and loved all of them. She was the City Clerk for the City of Grass Valley Personnel Commission for over 35 years. Although she loved working for the City, kids were her true passion.
After her retirement, she became a volunteer coordinator to build the community playground at Hennessy School. She along with her husband Scotty and many other community volunteers raised $100,000 over a two-year period. The P.L.A.Y structure was built in just 5 days. It was named Nevada County Field of Dreams and she felt it was the most rewarding community effort she had ever been a part of. She volunteered as a respite worker for Hospice of the Foothills and found that to be a very fulfilling experience. She was also a lifelong member of Ladies Relief Society and worked on Donation Day every year.
Once both she and Scotty retired, they traveled extensively and enjoyed all the interesting places they visited both in the United States as well as Europe, Australia and Canada. Her favorite trip by far was with family to Italy. Midge always felt that Grass Valley School District bestowed a great honor upon her when they named a school after her. In 1987 the Margaret Gallino Scotten School was built and named after her for all her dedicated years of service to the District.
Midge and Scotty went back to Midge’s passion for animals in 1994 when they purchased cattle and started TrusMar Polled Herefords. They both enjoyed the cattle but Midge had a special place in her heart for all the calves and made sure everyone had a fitting name.
Midge is survived by four stepchildren, Larry Scotten, Janice Scotten Long, Rick Scotten and Patrick Scotten and their families; brothers-in-law, Leroy Stevens of Lincoln, and Charles Fowler of Nevada City; and many, many nieces and nephews who dearly loved her and she always and treated them as her own. She is preceded in death by her parents, Antone Gallino (1938), Margarita Gallino (1966), husband Trusten (Scotty) Scotten (2001); siblings: Frank Gallino (1979), Angie Rielli (1984), John Gallino (1990), Jeanette Casci (1994), Manuel Gallino (1998), William Gallino (2006), Norma Stevens (2007), Cece Fowler (2009), and Katherine Graham (2011).
Donations can be made to Grass Valley Host Lions Club, P. O. Box 2388, Grass Valley, CA 95945; Hospice of the Foothills, 11270 Rough & Ready Hwy, Grass Valley, CA 95945; The Friendship Club, 138 New Mohawk Road # 275, Nevada City, CA 95959; Nevada County Ag Youth Boosters P. O. Box 3054, Grass Valley, CA 95945; or a community charity of the donor’s choice.
We will never forget her loving and caring heart. She never knew a stranger. She is at peace and reunited with her family. It’s not goodbye but see you later. We love you.
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