Glen Derbes Eagan

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Glen Derbes Eagan died peacefully at St. Anna's at Lambeth House on May 4, 2014 with her family at her side. She was born on July 10, 1925 and was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. Beloved wife of 60 years of the late Lloyd Edwin Eagan. Beloved mother of Duane Eagan Couch (Harvey), Jeanie Eagan Perrilliat (Claiborne), Lee Eagan (Marion), Mina Eagan Meric (Tommy), and Charlie Eagan (Jennifer). A loving "Mere" to Jennifer Couch Talbot, Harvey Matthew Couch (Rachel), Tita Eagan, Gwendolyn Perrilliat Turcotte (Richard), Katherine Eagan May (Blake), Claiborne Perrilliat III (Carter), Margaret Eagan Patterson (Connor), Amelie Eagan Larson (David), Hartley Meric Crunk (Blair), Jean Paul Perrilliat, Reiss Eagan, Thomas Meric, Joe Eagan, Ed Eagan, Maura Eagan, Stephen Couch (Candy) and Randy Couch. She is also survived by 16 great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews and her loving caregiver and friend of 40 years, Gladys Givens. She was preceded in death by her parents, Max J. Derbes, Sr. and Mina Delery Derbes, her sister, Phyllis Derbes Eagan, her brother, M.J. Derbes, Jr., and her son-in-law, Harvey C. Couch III. Glen graduated from Ursuline Academy and received a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration, with Honors, from Tulane University, where she was a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society and Phi Mu Sorority. She married Lloyd on his return from World War II on December 27, 1945 and thereafter devoted her life to her husband and children. She was a devout Catholic, attending Mass daily. Glen was an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist at Touro Infirmary for 30 years, a member of the Holy Name of Jesus Altar Society, and active in the Archdiocesan Spirituality Center. She taught religious education, and she and Lloyd helped prepare couples for marriage in Pre-Cana. In the 1960's, Glen was instrumental in obtaining permission from Archbishop Philip J. Hannan to celebrate Mass within a funeral home. Bringing her concept to fruition, Leitz-Eagan was the first funeral home in the New Orleans area to construct a chapel in its facility. Due in large part to Glen's vision, this unprecedented model took hold throughout the area. She was devoted to the Academy of the Sacred Heart, where all of her daughters and granddaughters were educated. She served Sacred Heart in many capacities, including President of the Mothers' Club, the first lay woman to serve on the Board of Trustees, and until her death, a member of the Children of Mary Sodality, and an Associate of the Sacred Heart. She was the 2001 recipient of the Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne Award. Other avocations included service on the Board of Directors of the New Orleans Speech and Hearing Center and involvement in several business ventures. She loved fine antiques and was an original owner of Sixpence Antiques on Magazine Street. Glen was a gourmet cook. Her table was always surrounded by family and friends, who were all nurtured by her love and good cooking. Anyone who needed a home-cooked meal could count on Glen to deliver one. Even through her last years at Lambeth House, she continued to treat residents to her special cookies and hors d'oeuvres. She had a keen intelligence and quick wit. She enjoyed telling a good joke and was an avid bridge player. Above all, Glen embraced people from all walks of life and never met a stranger. The family would like to extend their most sincere gratitude to the administration and staff of Lambeth House and St. Anna's at Lambeth House for their loving care and compassion. Relatives and friends are invited to attend the Funeral Mass at Most Holy Name of Jesus Church on Friday, May 9, 2014 at 11:30 A.M. Visitation will be from 10:00-11:30. Interment in Metairie Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Academy of the Sacred Heart, 4521 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA 70115 or Magnolia School, 100 Central Ave., Jefferson, LA 70121. Please visit and sign the family guest book at www.leitzeaganfuneralhome. com.
Published in from May 5 to May 9, 2014
Glen Derbes Eagan
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