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Yvonne Ross Coe

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Yvonne Ross Coe, 68, passed away peacefully at home on Saturday November 23, 2013 after a courageous battle against cancer. Yvonne was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana to Lee Evings Ross and Lenora Kelleher Ross, both deceased. She attended Baton Rouge High School and Louisiana State University. Moving to New Orleans in 1968, Yvonne met and married the love of her life, William Clitus Coe, Junior, known to all affectionately as Bill or "King". She is survived by Bill, their two wonderful daughters, Mary Victoria Coe Tober, son-in-law Mark, and Rebeccka Lynn Coe, as well as a beautiful grandchild, Katherine Kelleher Tober. For the last 44 years, Yvonne Coe was an avid supporter and volunteer for many organizations in her community; she was president of AMICI, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of LA, Goodwill Industries Volunteer Services, BRAVO, Institute of Human Understanding Guild, Overture to the Cultural Season, Women's Guild of the New Orleans Opera Association, the CPA Wives Club and Valencia Auxiliary. Additionally, Yvonne was Chairman of the Gulf Coast Region of the Metropolitan Opera Audition Program and the Junior Committee of the Women's Guild of the New Orleans Opera Association. Yvonne also served on the board of many other arts and charity organizations: Freedoms Foundation of Valley Forge, the New Orleans Ballet Association, the Travelers Aid Society, Cancer Crusaders, Ladies Leukemia League, the Visiting Committee – Loyola School of Music, Symphony Volunteers and NOMA Volunteers. Yvonne was a great advocate of women's education, serving as a member of Chapter T of the PEO International Sisterhood, an organization that gives educational scholarships and grants to women. She was a longtime supporter of the Louise S. McGehee School of New Orleans. In the late 1970's, Yvonne joined the Women's Opera Guild and gave her heart to opera. She chaired all of their major events, including two Opera Balls, the Mad Hatter's Luncheon and two Plácido Domingo Galas. After Katrina she worked to restore the beautiful interior of the Opera Guild Home, and she made her love of opera and its growth in New Orleans her continual goal. During her lifetime, she was honored by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the Heart Ambassadors, named one of the Ten Outstanding Persons by the Institute of Human Understanding, and by St. Elizabeth's Guild as a Volunteer Activist. She was an extraordinary hostess who will be remembered for her grace, southern hospitality, and dedication to making the world a better place. Visitation will be at Rayne Memorial United Methodist Church, 3900 St. Charles Avenue, on Saturday, November 30th from 9am to 11am, with a memorial service to follow. To honor Yvonne's lifelong commitment to the New Orleans Opera and their Women's Guild Home, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Greater New Orleans Foundation at 1055 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, Louisiana 70130, attention: Allie Betts, please specify in memory of Yvonne Coe. These donations will be dedicated to the preservation of the Guild Home. To view and sign the guest book, visit www.lakelawnmetairie.com.
Published in TheNewOrleansAdvocate.com from Nov. 25 to Nov. 30, 2013
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