Lyla Hay Owen

New Orleans, Louisiana


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On February 7, 2018 Lyla took her last curtain call at the Passages Hospice. She had been homebound for several years due to a progressive illness, under the loving and attentive care of her devoted daughter Robin Owen. She will be long remembered and cherished by countless students, fans,...

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Très triste d'apprendre la mort de Lyla. Nous partagions la même salle de classe en 1993/1994 , à Lusher school, New -Orléans. ( Sur Carrolton) Talentueuse, elle aimait la France et Paris .

Lyla was indeed a force of nature and the theatre. She spoke her mind. You always heard the truth from Lyla. I worked with her in the early People Playhouse days and we did many of her quirky, ferocious and very funny plays. She was gifted in so many was, but the thing I remember the most was her humor. It was always there so wacky and unexpected. It carried her and those around her through the hard times and celebrated the good. She was a true New Orleans treasure and I can never think...

My heart is scarred yet again, to learn of the passing of such a beautiful soul. She is the greatest Theatre Teacher one could encounter. She was my high school Theatre Teacher at Warren Easton Charter High School. She is the reason why I fell in love with Theatre. She is the reason I started working at Warren Easton as the Theatre teacher. When she retired she passed her torch to me and I will continue to carry it.

Lyla was what you would call a "natural" actor. Her expressivity sprang from human source. Through the years, she & I had many wide-ranging conversations, which supported me in continually renewing theatre intelligence.

Very sorry to hear of the passing of Ms. Owen. She was a dynamic presence in the local acting community in both film and on stage. Again Robin my condolences on the loss of your Mom.

Lyla truly moved through life in beauty with creativity and elegance.

Lively, lovely , uplifting, generous, caring
and wonderful friend for over a quarter


What a wondrous woman!! We spent happy times in New Orleans, Natchez and Bay St Louis. The sadness of her loss is shared by many. My heart goes out to her family and loved ones.

May God be your strength in this time of sorrow Owen Family and Friends Matthew 5:4 "Happy are those who mourn since they will be comforted."

I am so sorry, Robin. My deepest condolences. Your mom was very kind to me in my youth, and I will always appreciate her work on stage and her book on Creoles. Her loss is very significant as to the culture of my beloved city. Much love to you.