Nancy Meyers Marsiglia, a devoted New Orleans civic and political activist and a tireless advocate for issues relating to women, children and families, died suddenly at her home on Tuesday, May 30. She was 64.
A native of Richmond, VA, Nancy came to New Orleans to attend Newcomb College and quickly fell in love with her adopted city. She met and married the love of her life, local businessman and contractor Michael Marsiglia, and began a long career of civic and political engagement.
Known for her enormous generosity as well as her spirited tenacity, Nancy championed virtually every worthy local cause and served on numerous boards and commissions. They included the Greater New Orleans Foundation, Women of the Storm, Agenda for Children, United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council, LSU Health Sciences Center Advisory Board, Dress for Success New Orleans, the Audubon Nature Institute, the Metropolitan Area Committee, the New Orleans Council for Young Children, the Tulane University Health Sciences Center, Steps to Success, Metairie Park Country Day School and many other organizations. She also was a founding member of the Louisiana Children’s Museum and the founding board chair of the Louisiana Policy Institute for Children. She was among the most generous supporters of both organizations.
In honoring Nancy with the Hannah G. Solomon Award in 2010, the local chapter of the National Council of Jewish Women wrote of her: “As a lifelong volunteer and community leader, she has dedicated time and energy to nearly everything important to women, children, and families, and so much more that’s good for New Orleans.”
Nancy was predeceased by her parents, Samuel Sidney Meyers and Selma Cohn Meyers of Richmond, VA. She is survived by her husband, Michael Joseph Marsiglia; two sons, Joseph Max and Michael Jay Marsiglia (Jennifer LaCorte Marsiglia), all of New Orleans; her sister Katherine “Kitty” Meyers Cohen of Atlanta, GA; and three grandchildren, Will, Max and Sam Marsiglia of New Orleans.
A private graveside service will be held by the family on Friday morning, followed by visitation at noon at Temple Sinai, 6227 St. Charles Ave. A memorial service will follow at 1PM at Temple Sinai.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be sent in her memory to the Louisiana Children’s Museum at www.lcm.org and the Louisiana Policy Institute for Children at www.policyinstitutela.org. THARP-SONTHEIMER-THARP of Metairie is in charge of arrangements.