JUDY C EGLOFFOctober 21, 1957 ~ December 26, 2017 (age 60)
Judy C.Ello Egloff
On December 26, 2017 Judy passed away unexpectedly in New Orleans. She was just 60 years old. Judy was preceded in death by her father Carroll James ‘Jim’ Ello, and her sister Gina A Ello. She is survived by her husband James P Egloff Jr. and her mother Barbara Knight Ello, brother-in-law John A Egloff, an uncle and aunt and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
As a child in Harahan, LA, she attended St Rita Catholic School. There she made many lifelong friends. An active girl, she loved to play sports on teams coached by her parents. Those were happy days for her, she always recalled them fondly when speaking of them.
She attended Riverdale High School from 1971-1975. The girls she met there have become friends forever; the kind where, when you don’t see each other for a long time, you can reconnect with like no time has passed. Shortly after graduation, after a summer job at the Beverly Playhouse (she worked backstage, and loved every minute of it), she began working at the Tulane University Medical School as a secretary. She commuted to work with her dad, as he worked as the Assistant Building Maintenance Superintendent there. She cherished the time they had together every day. Eventually she worked up to the position of Student Secretary for the OB/GYN Department. Many of the students became her friends as she helped them navigate through the rigorous training; and happy hours at the local watering holes. What led her to relocate to Las Vegas was an offer from one the former students who was planning to open his first OB/GYN practice there. She accepted and in the Spring of 1981, she, with her mom accompanying her, made the trek out to Vegas. There she blossomed. She was the Office Manager. Vegas was beginning its growth into the big city it is today and business was booming. Thus began her 30+ year career in medicine. She was meticulous and passionate as she learned ‘on the job’ how to manage the people and money involved. Excelling at her job, she became one of the most respected women in her field. She touched a lot of lives; comforting many women as they went through the process of childbirth. And she remembered them. Often over the years she would encounter former patients 15-20 years later and they would remember each other, hug, and reminisce. Judy would learn about how the family had grown or that the child that she saw at birth was now entering college. The patients were always shocked and pleased when she would remember them. That’s what she loved most about her job, the joy of new life and helping the families through it all. A lot has changed in medicine, creating new challenges for providers and families alike, but she still managed to find joy in it; and the doctor she worked for presently will miss her greatly.
In 1988 she met Jim; they fell in love and they married in 1991. They had a rainbow wedding-bridesmaids in 5 colors of the rainbow. Her style was colorful and she loved to express herself that way whenever possible. They spent their life together; in the truest sense of the word. Wherever they went, they held hands as they walked side by side. Traveling to new places and favorite spots was a passion for them: to San Francisco or Boston, the Caribbean, and of course New Orleans. These were some of the favorites. She especially loved Mardi Gras. They spent a wonderful week on Maui for her 60th birthday. They took many trips together and with friends; also with her sister Gina and her husband John (Jim’s youngest brother). From 2014 until the end of 2016, they owned a small restaurant in Las Vegas. Jim ran the place, Judy did the books. It was very popular with locals and visitors alike. Judy also waited tables 1 day a week. She met many new people and touched more lives with her southern hospitality. Many customers became friends. Sadly, due to outside forces, they had to close at the end of 2016. For Judy it was all about service; that was the way she was- she served. She was a devoted animal lover, especially dogs. They raised Taffie, a lovable, fluffy Cocker Spaniel from puppy to age 14. No one loved like Judy did and Taffie had Judy’s heart from the moment they met.
On the weekends in the fall, she loved her football: LSU on Saturday, the Saints on Sunday. She loved her Saints. Many Sunday afternoons were spent pacing the floor as the Saints gave great joy or sorrow. She and John attended Super Bowl XLIV to witness the Saints triumph. A lifelong dream for her.
Judy loved to celebrate life and invited everyone to join her. Either out and about or at home as a hostess to many great parties, Judy loved to be around her cherished friends and family. She will be missed terribly by those who knew and loved her. The time we had with her was too short.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend visitation on Wednesday January 3 , 2018 from 10:30 am until noon with funeral mass to follow at St. Rita of Cascia Catholic Church, 7100 Jefferson Highway, Harahan LA 70123. Interment to be held privately at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, Masses are preferred or donations in Judy’s memory to Best Friends Animal Society (best friends.org) or to the American Heart Association (heart.org) THARP-SONTHEIMER-THARP of Metairie is in charge of arrangements.