Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home & Cemeteries

5100 Pontchartrain Blvd, New Orleans, LA


Marcia La Garde O'Toole

June 16, 1918September 13, 2020

Marcia La Garde O’Toole, beloved wife of the late William F. O’Toole died September 13, 2020 at the age of 102. She was the daughter of the late William A. La Garde Sr. and Louise Guidry La Garde, sister of Anna L. Rominger and the late Helen L. Fisher, Marian L. Pauson, and William A. La Garde Jr.

Mrs. O’Toole was a native of New Orleans. She was a graduate of Dominican College and held a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. She was an administrator with the Tennessee State Department of Public Welfare in Knoxville and had a great passion for community service, serving on several boards of social service organizations in that city. She was instrumental in organizing the Women’s Auxiliary at St. Mary’s Memorial Hospital in Knoxville, as well. She was on the Board of Catholic Charities in the Diocese of Tennessee. Mrs. O’Toole was active in the Girl Scouts of America organization and for many years served as a troop leader and a member of the Girl Scout Board. Even after she retired, she continued to be active in the community.

In retirement, she served on the Board of Catholic Charities in New Orleans. She was also a parishioner of St. Francis Xavier Church in Metairie, LA, and was a member, along with her husband, of the Heritage Society of Loyola University.

Mrs. O’Toole and her husband travelled extensively around the world, and she lovingly chronicled these trips in booklet form for her family and friends, who will continue to treasure those words and memories.

Memorial Service and interment will be private.

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


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Mary Phyllis Bosch

September 21, 2020

Well, my parents knew Mr. and Mrs. O'Toole from the time they shared in Knoxville ,TN. I met Mrs. O'Toole the day I was born ! She was staying with my parents in Chattanooga,when, as she put it "I was out in the backyard with your Mom when her water broke" !
When my Dad retired, we drove from Chattanooga to New Orleans to visit the O' Tooles. As they showed us the French Quarter, I fell in love with the city...many years later when my husband (from Philadelphia) and I married, we decided we needed to move to "neutral territory " - New Orleans. We knew 2 people here, Mr. and Mrs. O'Toole. Their graciousness and hospitality meant EVERYTHING to us. They introduced us to food, culture and the history of this wonderful city. We have lived here for 40 years - our son is proud to be a "native New Orleanian" . We owe ALL of this to the O' Tooles. They treated us like family and to say they were a blessing is an understatement !

Mal Donner

September 18, 2020

Aunt Marcia was the prettiest, most dignified lady. Her and Uncle Buddy lived a blessed life. Sad for me to see this beautiful lady pass.

Celia Crull

September 18, 2020

I am so sorry to learn that Aunt Marcia has passed away. She & Uncle Buddy were always so kind. She always remembered my name.
Sending prayers to the La Garde, O'Toole and Fisher families.

All my best, C.K.

Marie-Louise Pauson

September 15, 2020

I will always remember Aunt Marcia's open and curious nature especially when she and Uncle Buddy visited me on Bainbridge Island in Washington State. We had a wonderful time discovering their old stomping ground in Bremerton when Uncle Buddy was in the U. S. Navy. The house they lived in was still standing on a familiar tree lined street in an historic neighborhood. Aunt Marcia was so happy to find their old house!
We traveled by car to Hurricane Ridge on the Olympic Peninsula one glorious day. We naturally shared stories about our life experiences in the car along the way. I could speak to Aunt Marcia about anything because she understood life, having lived it to the fullest with her soul mate, my Uncle Buddy. I am especially grateful to have shared my life with Aunt Marcia after my mother (her sister Marian) passed away. She reached out to me with love during this most difficult period and I found a new family connection. I will always be eternally grateful to have known and loved such a wonderful person who happened to be my aunt.

Rebecca LaGarde

September 15, 2020

I have many fond memories of Aunt Marcia and Uncle Bud. They truly had a full life, full of wonderful memories that I never tired of hearing about. She had a way with words and could transport you to the scene of the memory. Thanks to her, the family knows about its rich heritage and has keepsakes of her siblings lives as well. I know she is glad to be reunited with her husband, parents, siblings and her nephew , my husband, William A. who shared many joyous visits with her.

Sharon A. Galman (Funeral Director)

September 14, 2020

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


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