Marjorie Mahon MacNeill Gehl

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Marjorie Mahon MacNeill Gehl, who loved music and organizing activities for the elderly, passed suddenly on Monday evening. She was 74. Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada to Dr. Robertson G. MacNeill, and Edith Zwicker MacNeill, Marjorie grew up in Ottawa. The family moved to New Orleans when she was 25 after her father was named Canadian Consul General here. In 1968, she married a New Orleanian, John M. Gehl III, who died in 2004. A lifelong lover of music, Marjorie earned a piano degree from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, and continued her musical studies at Newcomb College in New Orleans. It was a bond between her and her husband John, a teacher and travel agent, who was passionate about opera. Marjorie spent most of her professional career caring for, supporting, and organizing activities for the elderly. In 1990, Marjorie became activity director of St. Anna's Residence, later holding a similar job at Lambeth House from 1998-2005, and then at Poydras Home over the last few years. Throughout her life she was an active member of Le Petit Salon, the New Orleans English-Speaking Union, New Orleans Opera Association Women's Guild, the Orleans Club and Les Causeries du Lundi. A beautiful, kind, and generous person, Marjorie loved her daughter Elisabeth, her longtime partner John, her family, her life and her friends, and enjoyed getting everyone together at her home for dinners. She always exuded such a warm and loving spirit and made others feel special, whether she had just met them or known them for years. She was greatly loved by so many and will be greatly missed. Survivors include her daughter Elisabeth MacNeill Gehl; her beloved partner of many years, John H. Palmer; her sister, Mary Diana Hart and her husband, Colin Hart and their two children, Robbie Hart and Cathie Hart; and her cousins Jane Sanders and Anne Kerr Adams. A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at noon with visitation at 11 am at Trinity Episcopal Church, 1329 Jackson Avenue, New Orleans, Louisiana. In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to Poydras Home, the New Orleans Opera Association Women's Guild, or the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. To view and sign the family guestbook, please visit
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Published in from May 15 to May 19, 2014
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