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Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home & Cemeteries

5100 Pontchartrain Blvd, New Orleans, LA

OBITUARY

Elsie "Dee" Cullen Celestin

September 8, 1923September 6, 2019

Elsie “Dee” Cullen Celestin was called peacefully to heaven on September 6, 2019 at the age of 95. She is survived by one son, Michael and his wife, Toni and one daughter, Dona and her husband Fred McDougall. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Naomi Celestin, Joe Belmonte and Scott McDougall (Whitney), and two great grandchildren, Amiel Robinson and Austen Belmonte. Preceded in death by eight siblings, Mary “Annie” Juneau (Ivy), Mabel Redmon (Al), Velma Turner (Edly), Zula Goodwin (Cliff), Eric “Buddy” Cullen (Connie), Curtis Cullen (Doris), Joseph “Frizz” E. Cullens, Sr. (Virginia), Roberta Favaron (Tony). Loving Aunt to several generations of nieces and nephews. She was born on September 8, 1923 in Evergreen, Louisiana to the late Dave and Elodie Cullen. After graduating in 1941 from Shady Grove High School near Rosedale, LA, she moved to New Orleans and was employed by Woolworths on Canal Street where she managed the record counter. She was married to the late Jack Henry Celestin for 37 years. As a resident of St. Bernard parish and parishioner of St. Louise de Marillac for 56 years prior to Hurricane Katrina, her life was dedicated to caring for her family and friends. Cooking, gardening and reading were among her favorite hobbies. She also loved music and was always singing and whistling tunes while working around the house and in the garden.

The family wishes to express their sincere gratitude for the exceptional care given by Egan Hospice.

Friends and relatives are invited to a celebration of her life on Saturday, September 21, 2019 at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd. New Orleans, La. Visitation will begin at 9:00 a.m., followed by a Memorial Mass beginning at 11:00 a.m. Interment to follow at Lake Lawn Park Mausoleum.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Dee’s memory to a charity of your choice.

The family invites you to share your thoughts, fond memories, and condolences online at www.lakelawnmetairie.com

Services

21 September

Visitation

9:00 am - 11:00 am

Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home

5100 PONTCHARTRAIN BLVD
NEW ORLEANS, LA 70124

21 September

Memorial Mass

11:00 am

Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home

5100 PONTCHARTRAIN BLVD
NEW ORLEANS, LA 70124

Memories

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Jack Pineiro

September 14, 2019

Mama Dee was a lady with a beautiful soul and a great smile. She was caring, very understanding, and just a great person all around. Miss Dee was not only in my life since the 70's but my dad knew her and Mr. Jack when he was growing up in the Arabi area.
She opened up her house to me as a young boy and showed me love like I didnt have growing up. I can remember telling my mom why arent we like them and always so loving and she said no one really lives like that but I can assure you they were as loving and true of people as I have ever know. So to say she has had an effect on my life and how family should be treated is very true. She will be sadly missed by all that has been in her life.

Shaun Murphy

September 11, 2019

I don’t know where to start. This beautiful lady was a big part of my childhood as Dona was my best friend ( girlfriend) way back in the day. I spent alot of time at their house. Miss D as we all called her was always the sweetest person you could ever imagine. She catered to all of us kids that hung around with Dona and treated us like one of her own. I feel honored to have known this beautiful soul and I know she was very proud of all of her real and extended family. We all are sad about losing her but I know she is smiling down on everyone and happy again to be with Mr Jack. My prayers to the family and especially Dona my lifelong friend keep her spirit alive in what you do. 🙏

Michael Baker

September 11, 2019

What a great Southern Lady. I have nothing but fond memories of this wonderful human. Requiescat in pace!

Cheryl Jeanfreau

September 11, 2019

Dona, Mike and family,

We are so very sorry for your loss. But may her love live on in your memories and bring you peace. Y'all are in our thoughts and prayers.

Love,
Cheryl and Louie Jeanfreau

Colleen Celestin

September 11, 2019

Some of my greatest memories as a child were the fish fries with the whole family after Uncle Jack, Daddy and Uncle Jr brought the "catch" in. Priceless! Arms around everyone.

Joe Belmonte

September 10, 2019

I will always remember Maw Maw Dee with her always happy greetings and smiles. Oh and she loved to cuss in French. ♥️I will forever Love & Miss You Maw Maw Dee ♥️

Sharon A. Galman (Funeral Director)

September 9, 2019

The entire staff at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home wishes to express our sincere condolences.

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