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Margaret Roemer "Peggy" Read

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Margaret Roemer "Peggy" Read Obituary
Margaret Roemer Read ("Peggy")

NEW ORLEANS, LA - Margaret Roemer Read ("Peggy"), founder of the Friends of City Park and instrumental in the revival of the Botanical Garden at City Park in New Orleans, departed this life on Monday, February 15, 2010, at her home in uptown New Orleans at the age of 91. Peggy was the daughter of Charles Elson Roemer and Maggie Crocker Roemer Mayer of Bossier City, LA. She later served as president of the City Park Board of Commissioners and her services to the Friends and to the Park were honored by the designation of the large oak tree adjacent to the Pavillion of the Two Sisters in City Park as the "Peggy Read Oak Tree".

Peggy was born in Shreveport and came to New Orleans in 1936, to study art at Newcomb College. Her interests in art and horticulture were lasting throughout her life. She was active as an undergraduate at Newcomb and continued her involvement with the school, serving as president of the Newcomb College National Alumni Association. She was active in fundraising for the United Way, WYES, and many other causes. She also enjoyed her role as a docent at the New Orleans Museum of Art.

She was a member of the Orleans Club and Le Petit Salon, serving on the board of the latter for many years.

She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Henry James Read, their daughters Margaret Read Pontius (Dr. Uwe R.) of San Antonio, TX and Katherine Read Ezell (Mr. Steven D.) of Nashville, TN, and three grandchildren: Lauren Walker Ezell, Read Douglas Ezell, and Eleanor Baldwin Ezell.

Family and friends are invited to the Funeral Mass in the Chapel of Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd. (in Metairie Cemetery), on Friday, February 19, 2010, at 2:00PM. Visitation will begin at 12:30 PM. Private inurnment will follow.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations in memory of Margaret Roemer Read to the New Orleans Botanical Garden Foundation, 1 Palm Drive, New Orleans, Louisiana 70124.

To sign and view the Family Guestbook, please visit Lake Lawn Metairie

Funeral Home (504) 486-6331

Published in Shreveport Times on Feb. 18, 2010
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