Evelyn Ellis Assaf

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Evelyn Ellis Assaf Born in New Orleans on September 24th, 1932, Evy joined her youngest son on Easter Sunday 2014 - her heart broken by his sudden departure exactly four months before. Like him, it was her heart that took her from us. She was a woman of big dreams and vast contradictions. Elegant yet earthy; high-minded, with a mischievous sense of humor, she loved running around barefoot in her garden, but could design and craft a dress that rivaled those on Oscar's red carpet. She instilled in her eight children integrity, kindness, and bravery - properness, yet a sense for adventure. "Can't" was a four letter word; and reaching for the stars, an order. Sunday nights after the Wonderful World of Disney was time to free dance with Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops, but that doesn't mean she didn't enjoy the Beatles and Dr. John. She even choreographed a number to Led Zeppelin's Kashmir for her senior dance students. Evy was forward-thinking, a humanitarian and environmentalist. She spoke eloquently and judiciously on matters intellectual and political - always thought-provoking with balance and perspective. She was a visionary with the ability to see the potential in people, drawing out their best. She taught English, History, and Spanish. She spoke properly and felt it important to be a keeper of the language. She even corrected her adult children's grammar till her end. A graduate of Dominican High School, she went on to become the president of the Modern Dance Department at LSU. Then in New York, she studied with Merce Cunningham. Dance would underscore the entirety of her life! Until only last week, she was an adored volunteer teacher of Thai Chi and Lite Broadway Tap at St. Francis Xavier. She was also a proud member of the NBA's Pelican Dance Team (formerly the Used to Bees), and deeply regretted not being able to perform with her troupe on April 16th. Evy painted in water color; she entered her architectural design in the competition for the rebuilding of the World Trade Center; she delighted us with Beethoven (amongst others) on the piano, and couldn't stop inventing as she stayed up into the wee hours. She loved her brothers and sisters: Danny, Augie, Jerlyn, Eddie, Georgie, & Angel. And comfort should be sent to Roberto, her husband of 58 years.She was loved by her children, Robby, Ronny, Stephen, Roxane, Alessandra, Christopher, Tiffany, and Jonathan. A gathering to celebrate her will be held at the Unitarian Church at 6690 Fleur de Lis in Lakeview on Thursday April 24th at 5:30. To view and sign the family guestbook, please visit www.lakelawnmetairie.com.
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Published in TheNewOrleansAdvocate.com from Apr. 22 to Apr. 24, 2014
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