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Westside/Leitz-Eagan Funeral Home

5101 Westbank Expressway, Marrero, LA

OBITUARY

Deborah "Debbie" Scioneaux Neff

September 30, 1956September 2, 2019
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Deborah Scioneaux Neff entered peacefully into heaven on Monday, September 2, 2019 after a courageous ten year battle with metastatic breast cancer. She was 62 years old. She passed away at her home, surrounded by her loving family. Deborah was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, daughter of Lillian Fontana Scioneaux and the late Earl Anthony Scioneaux, Sr, and was a lifelong resident of the Westbank. She is survived by her daughter, Shelby Neff Strong (Ricky), and her grandson, Remy. Sister of Pamela Scioneaux Tapie, Earl Anthony Scioneaux, Jr. (Kathy) and Peter John Scioneaux. She is also survived by numerous loving nieces, nephews, other relatives and dear friends. Deborah retired from Tulane University Hospital and Clinic after 27 years of dedicated service as a nurse in the neonatal intensive care unit. She loved shopping for great deals, enjoying delicious food, traveling, cheering for the Saints, and spending time with her family and friends. Like a true New Orleans native, her favorite holiday was Mardi Gras and she spent many years riding as a member of the krewes of Cleopatra and Morpheus, and staking out a prime viewing location for Uptown parades at the corner of St. Charles and Common. The family would like to extend their appreciation to the doctors and nurses of Tulane Cancer Center, and the staff of Passages Hospice, for the care given to their dear Debbie. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Celebration of Life at Westside Leitz-Eagan Funeral Home, 5101 Westbank Expy., Marrero, LA on Sunday, September 8, 2019 at 2:30 pm. Visitation from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm. In lieu of flowers, Debbie wished for friends and loved ones to be screened for cancer, in honor of her fight. Online condolences available at www.westsideleitzeagan.com

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  • Deborah Scioneaux Neff Sunday, September 8, 2019
  • Deborah Scioneaux Neff Sunday, September 8, 2019

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Jerry Neff

September 7, 2019

I met her when she was a teenager. Married her when she was a woman. We hav a beautiful daughter and grandson. Spent some wonderful time together as a family. We parted ways but remained friends. You will forever remain in my heart. Farewell and Fair Well sweet lady.

Margaret O’Pry

September 6, 2019

I work on the Mother Baby unit at Tulane Lakeside. About four years ago I frequently worked in NICU. Debbie and I became close when both of our daughters were expecting our first grandchildren. She was so proud of Shelby and loved Being a grandmother. I am glad to have been able to share my joy with another grandmother who could understand and share that joy as well. Keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

Sharon Cook

September 6, 2019

You were an inspiration with your zest for life, before and after cancer. My condolences to your family; the world is a little less bright with your passing.

Chris Garcia

September 6, 2019

I was so sad to hear the news yesterday - I am so grateful to have known Deb - she was someone that I had made a connection with and she was such a kind and loving friend and person. She will be missed by many - however I feel special to have know her. Rest In Peace my friend - I know I will see you again.

Lois Simoneaux DeMatteo

September 5, 2019

Grew up in Gretna and attended same schools. Sorry for your families loss and praying for peace.

Antinette Charlot

September 5, 2019

I can’t thank Debbie enough for allowing me to be a part of her care team, and for her being a part of mine. She always stood on my tail. She encouraged me to take better care of myself, because if I didn’t, who would take care of her. I love you My Debbs, and I have always expressed to you how proud I was of you. Your will and willpower is unlike many I’ve seen. To Shelby, thanks for sharing your mom with me sis. I am forever grateful to have been apart of your family. I love you dearly and I will continue pray for your strength.

Patty Martin/Stone

September 4, 2019

So saddened to hear of Deb's passing. I graduated with Deb from Immaculata High. She was always such a wonderful person with an infectious smile. Always kind to everyone. I have been praying for her and following her journey for a long time. I know that she is at peace with our loving father. I pray for her family and friends for comfort, strength and peace. Rest In Peace my friend. I know you will be sadly missed by all.

All my love, Patty Martin/ Stone

KATHY Bullinger

September 4, 2019

Byron Taylor

September 4, 2019

She was a kind soul to me in the time that I've grown to know you in my life and Ricky's. I'm beyond grateful to have met her and received the love she gave to so many. She was blessed to have raised a wonderful woman as you, Shelby. I love you, girl! I pray that she has sweet rest on the other side.

Shelby Strong

September 4, 2019

I really am so grateful to have been Debbie's daughter, and to know that she touched the lives of everyone she knew for the better. I couldn't have asked for a better role model, or a better friend.

Finding the right words feels like grasping at sand right now; they slip through my fingers as I try to express just how much she meant to me. It's incredible how authentically she lived her life. So many of us have similar memories of how she taught us how to shop (and how to hide the best stuff until it went on sale), how she took care of us, and then went on to take care of our kids, how she loved Mardi Gras and traveling, going to concerts, and eating delicious food, and how she never let cancer stop her from living her life to the fullest. She was an inspiration, she was a rock, she was a presence, and she was the best person I knew.

She and I talked extensively about this part of the journey, and how she wished to be remembered and have her life celebrated. No matter how much we discussed this, nothing could truly prepare me for learning to adjust to this new normal, and trying to figure out how to keep going without my best friend.

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