Gaye McCutchen
Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home
New Orleans, LA
Gaye McCutchen passed away quietly at home on May 3, 2014, surrounded by loved ones. Her parents, Vonly Buel McCutchen and Wilma Irene (Crosby) McCutchen, preceded her in death. She is survived by one brother Don Keith McCutchen (Valerie) - Cleveland, Texas - their daughter Dina Legendre Null Doebbler (Drew), her great nephews, Cade and Hunter Null, her great niece, Ryleigh Doebbler -all of Pasadena, Texas, her Half-Sister, Margaret "Margo" McCutchen Crosby, Corpus Christi, Texas, her aunt, Jean Crosby Carr, Houston Tx., and numerous cousins. She is also survived by her dear friend, Bea Nugent.
Gaye was born in Oklahoma City, OK, and was reared in Jennings, Louisiana. Her age is not included here to honor her wishes. She used to say "Age is a number, and mine is unlisted." She led a very full, interesting and diverse life. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Music Theory and Composition and completed a Pre-Medical Curriculum at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA. She completed an Internship in Medical Technology, Clinical Laboratory Science, at Charity Hospital in New Orleans, LA., she received the Master of Science in Health Care Administration from Texas Woman's University, Denton, Texas, and she was Certified in Long Term Care (CLTC).
She began her professional career at Mercy Hospital, New Orleans, serving as Laboratory Supervisor. From there, she took her considerable talents and skills to The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX, from where she retired after 25 years. Among her many positions, she became the 1st Clinical Laboratory Manager, Dept of Laboratory Medicine, Acting Administrator, The Institute of Hemotherapy and Member, Donor Recruitment Task Force of The America Blood Commission. She completed her tenure at MDA as the 1st Director, Department of Quality Improvement. The providing of quality data to third party payors and accrediting agencies resulted in MD Anderson Cancer Center being designated as a "Center of Excellence."
After her retirement, she became the 1st Administrative Director of the recently established Tulane Cancer Center, Tulane University Medical Center in New Orleans. Then, after retiring from there "for one day," as she said, she changed careers and became a Specialist in Long Term Care at G.E. Capital Assurance, and a Registered Representative specializing in Long Term Care at both John Hancock Life Insurance Co. and Northwestern Mutual of LA, where she served as the I" Statewide Long Term Care Specialist. She was still a representative with Northwestern Mutual at the time of her death.
Thankfully, her foresight in purchasing Long Term Care Insurance, many years ago, made it possible for her to use her policy to pay for excellent home care during her
illness. We thank all of the caregivers provided by Home Care Solutions, but special thanks go to Emelda Buezo and Charlene White. Gaye loved these dear ladies due to their warm and caring nature and upbeat spirit.
Gaye worked from "can to can't" daily. She did not like to be bored and her work was her hobby. Hence, she couldn't stay retired! With all the positions she held, she still found the time to be a member and officer of 20 professional organizations. While in Houston, she was the 1st President of the Barclay Homeowners Assoc, a 300+ unit condominium community, and served for 3 years. She was a volunteer in Private Sector Initiative Home Repair Program, Trees of Houston, and Habitat for Humanity, Houston & New Orleans.
She was an active Chair and member of various committees at Munholland United Methodist Church, Metairie, LA. She was an appointed member, New Orleans District Building & Location Committee, Louisiana Conference of the United Methodist Church & she was an elected member, Committee on Finance, Louisiana Conference of The United Methodist Church.
Among her many talents, she was also an accomplished Horse Woman, riding "American Saddle-Bred Horses" in horse shows on the Southwest Circuit, beginning as a child. Her two favorite venues were the Pin Oak Charity Horse Show, Houston, Tx., and the Dixie Jubilee Horse Show, Baton Rouge, La. At one point, she was a Field Correspondent, "Horse World Magazine." Those participating in this beautiful sport became lifelong friends.
Her active memberships include: American Society for Quality, Whitney-Cecile Home Owners & Improvements Association, Inc., New Orleans Museum of Art, American Society of Clinical Laboratory Science, American Association for Long Term Care Insurance, National Association of Insurance & Financial Advisors, Tulane University Women's Association. Friends of Jefferson the Beautiful, & LSU Alumni Association.
Family and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service at Munholland United Methodist Church, 1201 Metairie Road, Metairie, on Tuesday, May 13 at 10:30 AM with visitation beginning at 9:30 AM. A celebration of Gaye' s life will be held immediately afterwards in the Fellowship Hall. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to Munholland United Methodist Church, 1201 Metairie Road., Metairie, La. 70005, (504) 834-9910, or Habitat for Humanity, 2900 Elysian Fields Ave., Suite A, New Orleans, La., 70122, (504) 943-2240. The family invites you to share your thoughts, fond memories and condolences online at

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She will always be remembered for her work speaks even now!
Rev. Connie Breaux
May 14, 2014
Dear Miss Bea,

My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of sadness. I remember what Morrie Schwartz was fond of saying: "Death ends a life, not a relationship." Gaye will continue to be in your life, and nearby. I think of you fondly.

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Lee Bachman
May 13, 2014
Bea and family, We will surely miss Gaye and our get togethers in Houston. Am really shocked to hear of her illlness because she kept it quiet with us. Bea, you must have had a really bad time and we pray for you in your life without her. Love, Betty Whiteside
Betty Whiteside
May 11, 2014
Don, our thoughts and prayers are with the McCutchen family. Gaye was present and assited in the birth of our 2nd daughter Wendy Suire on March 11, 1967, at Mercy Hospital in New Orleans, La. It was very comforting to Cynthia and I to have someone in the delivery from our hometown of Jennings, La., reassure us that all was ok. We will remember Gaye for her friendship and kindness.

J.C./Cynthia Suire, Tomball,texas.
May 11, 2014
Prayers and thoughts are with Gaye's family. She was our neighbor growing up in Jennings .
Mary Lou Low Hughes
May 11, 2014
Dear family, friends and associates of Gaye, I was so sorry to read in this morning's The Advocate of Gaye's passing. A lovely, gentle, caring woman, the NMFN member who showed me the importance of Long Term Health Care. I know the time will come for me when I say, "Thank you, Gaye, for your insight and attention." My prayers are with the McCutchen family.
SuEllen Hull Lithgoe
May 10, 2014
I will forever be thankful to Gaye McCutcheon, a charming lady, for introducing me and my friends to extended care policies. She made the enrollment painless and thanks to her we can be at ease knowing we will be cared for. very sorry to read of her passing.
Kenneth Holditch
Kenneth Holditch
May 10, 2014
Miss you my friend. I am so blessed to have known and worked side by side with you these past 12 years. Love you dearly.

Mason Curran
May 9, 2014
My condolences to bea and the family. Gaye was a bright light in this world and I am confident she will continue to shine in the hearts of many in this world and the next.
Barbara Teague
May 8, 2014
Miss you . . . love you my cousin, my friend, my sister! Love, Julie
Julie Laverell
May 7, 2014
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