Leila Lee Eddy
July 12, 1947 – January 9, 2020
Leila Lee Eddy, 72, passed away on January 9, 2020 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Parilee Tyler Eddy, and her father, Thomas Eddy.
She found her beloved sorority, Sigma Kappa, as a new student in her Junior year at Northwestern State University in Nachitoches, Louisiana. She was initiated into the Delta Mu chapter 51 years ago.
At Northwestern she earned both her Education undergraduate and Master’s degree.
She started her teaching career at Sam Barthe and then moved to Ecole Classique when the schools merged. Her teaching career with these institutions spanned many years.
While teaching Business classes at Ecole, she also had time to be the cheerleader coordinator and chaperoned many senior trip cruises. She even chaperoned several after retiring from Ecole.
While Leila did not have a typical 4-year Sigma Kappa experience at Northwestern, she more than made up for it by joining the Greater New Orleans Alumnae chapter of Sigma Kappa and volunteering as an advisor and Housing Corporation Board officer to the Epsilon Beta chapter at UNO.
Leila was generous with her time to promote causes near and dear to her and Sigma Kappa. One of those causes was searching for a cure for Alzheimer’s disease. She served on the GNO Alzheimer’s Association board before Hurricane Katrina, participated in the Annual Memory Walks, and helped raise funds needed for research.
Her home served as the setting for multiple gatherings for her Sigma Kappa Sisters.
Leila served as President of Sigma Kappa’s Alumnae chapter more than once and for several years chaired the By-Laws Committee. To recognize her commitment, Leila was awarded the Alumnae chapter’s Lucia Kendall Berry Award for Outstanding Alumnae.
She loved Sigma Kappa’s National Conventions. Her 16th Convention was her last one in 2018 in Jacksonville, Florida.
In 1999 Leila discovered what would be her second love, Creative Memories, the company that made scrapbooking a household word. She became a Creative Memories Consultant. Leila honed her craft by attending annual Creative Memories conventions and meetings. She met with and shared her knowledge of this art with others from around the United States.
During this time, she also became the historian for Sigma Kappa’s Greater New Orleans Alumnae chapter and faithfully documented the chapter’s history in the scrapbooks she made through the years.
Her scrapbooks will live on as her legacy binding the past and the present. She always celebrated life and had fun and never met a stranger.
She lived Sigma Kappa’s motto – One Heart One Way.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a graveside service on Thursday, January 16, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. at Lake Lawn Park Mausoleum, 5454 Pontchartrain Blvd., New Orleans. Visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m. in the parlor of Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd., New Orleans.
- Visitation Thursday, January 16, 2020
- Graveside Service Thursday, January 16, 2020
Leila Lee Eddy
Ellis C. Barthe
January 16, 2020
Leila, your race is well run. Our condolences and most sincere sympathies we extend to your family and friends.
The Barthe family
January 14, 2020
Leila was the first teacher to welcome me on my first day on the job at Ecole Classique in 1980. We have been friends ever since. When I became pregnant with my first child in 1982, Leila, knowing I had no family for hundreds of miles, organized a "mail in" shower where all my relatives sent gifts and all the teachers showed up at my house with food. That is the kind of person Leila was, always thinking about -- and doing for -- someone else. Years later, when I moved away, I'd come back every Mardi Gras just to see the excitement on her face. She loved parades and couldn't get enough of them, rain or shine! Last year, my daughters and I came back to N.O. to take her to one of the last parades she saw. I will miss you, Leila. Thank you for being part of my family's life. See you on the Sidewalk Side.
January 13, 2020
Leila and I were best friends. For over 30 years her life was dedicated to teaching at Sam Barthe and Ecole Classique. She never missed a ball game and spend endless hours with her cheerleaders driving in her own van from school to school to cheer on her students. She touched the lives of thousands of young adults. She loved her home on the Lake in Springhill and was devoted to her beloved companion and pet, Tyler. She loved dining out, quilting, and traveling. She was always ready to get up and go to the next adventure. Leila did everything in a big way and enjoyed what life had to offer. Leila was the sister I never had and I will never be able to fill the void she leaves.
January 13, 2020
My mom Patty Smith would go on several trips, they loved to go to the house in Arkansas, one night Ms Eddy sent me a picture of my son Joey Fallas in the bathtub filled with bubbles.
When my father passed she was right by my mom's side , she was family.
Love you !!!🙏🙏🙏😇😇😇
January 12, 2020
My deepest sympathies on the loss of a sweet Sigma Kappa sister. Confirmed conventionite banquet will not be the same as I was one convention behind Leila every time we gathered, and we were often grouped together. Picture is from convention 2012. She was a devoted sister and will be missed.
January 10, 2020
Sorry for the loss of your loved one. My deepest sympathy and condolences goes out to you and your family. The Bible calls God the source of life Acts 17:24,25 so have faith that God is certainly capable of restoring life to someone who has died so be assured that you will see your loved one again. God sees death as the enemy 1 Corinthians 15:26 and I pray he gives you comfort in your time of need. There have been eight instances in the Bible of humans young, old, male, and female who God brought back to life on earth John 11:39-44 and he yearns to bring back your loved one who are in his memory Job 14:14,15. I pray that God of comfort gives you strength and the ability to endure during this time and that you rely on him when you feel weak. In Jesus name I pray Amen