Marguerite Lorraine (Maggie) Hemard was born at home in New Orleans, LA on March 15, 1926. She was the third child to be born to Irene Nagle Hemard and Eugene Joseph Hemard, Jr. She passed to a new life in Heaven on March 27, 2018 at the age of 92. She is survived by her younger sister, Elaine T. Hemard Fonte of Mandeville, LA and her late brothers, Eugene J. Hemard and Floyd F. Hemard, Sr. Maggie was living with a dear friend, Edna Mae Desdune at the time of her death. She was beloved by her nieces and nephews, cousins, friends and extended family.
In 1956, Maggie, her sister Elaine (Smitty) and her brother Lloyd (Red) opened a restaurant named Maggie and Smitty’s Crabnett. The restaurant was located in the middle of the West End circle between Brunning’s and Fitzgerald’s Seafood Restaurants. Famous for lightly breaded friend shrimp poboys and hot roast beef poboy sandwiches, the restaurant stayed open until she retired in 1993.
Maggie was a devout Christian, attending Our Lady of Divine Providence Church in Kenner, LA. She volunteered in the RCIA program, helping new and returning Catholics to a closer relationship with God. She worked the St. Vincent de Paul’s Food Bank, helping needy families receive nutritional food. She was awarded a medal of appreciation for her volunteer work by the Archdiocese of New Orleans.
Aunt Maggie was a member of the Jefferson Community Band. She entertained and made many children happy as a Santa’s Helper, Easter Bunny Helper and a balloon clown on the fourth of July.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Funeral Mass from the Metairie home of THARP-SONTHEIMER-THARP, 1600 N. Causeway Blvd. at 43rd Street on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at 12:00 Noon, with visitation beginning at 10:00 AM. Interment will follow at Lakelawn Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the local SPCA near you in her name. Condolences may be expressed online at www.tharpsontheimerfh.com.