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Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home & Cemeteries

5100 Pontchartrain Blvd, New Orleans, LA

OBITUARY

Shirley Lee Mercante

August 23, 1934January 19, 2018
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Shirley Lee Mercante, age 83, entered into eternal rest at her home surrounded by her loving family on January 19, 2018. She was born in Springfield, Louisiana and was a resident of New Orleans and Metairie for the past 67 years. She was married to Ignatius D. Mercante for 53 years, until his death in 2005. She was a devoted wife and loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother who enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, great grandchildren and her “Ms. Peggy”. She was preceded in death by her parents, Leon and Kate Lee, and her brother, Leon E. Lee, Jr. She is survived by her sister Peggy Southworth (John) and her four children, Denise M. Danna, Donald E. Mercante (Teresita), Karen M. Mercante, and Susan M. Walsh (Stephen), eight grandchildren, Dawn Danna Marullo (Frank), Staci Danna Snorgrass (Brian), Gary Danna, Jr., Lorenza Mercante Zwain (Max), Anna Mercante, Dominic Mercante, Ian Walsh, and Corey Walsh, and seven great-grandchildren, Bryce, Mason, Frankie, Angelia, Josie, Cora, and Connie. She graduated from Louisiana State University at New Orleans with a B.A. in Education and a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction. She was an elementary school teacher at Fisk-Howard School in New Orleans for 30 years. The family of Shirley Mercante wishes to extend their sincere thanks to Nurse Sarah Sisung and personal caretaker, Marilyn Joseph, for providing exceptional care and friendship for their mother for the last several years. Relatives and friends of the family are invited to attend the Funeral Mass at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd., on Tuesday, January 23, 2018, at 1pm. A visitation will begin at 11am. Interment will follow at Lake Lawn Park Mausoleum. To view and sign the guest book, visit www.lakelawnmetairie.com.

Services

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, January 23, 2018

  • Funeral Mass

    Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Memories

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Benita Pinette

January 26, 2018

Denise,Don,Karen,sue we send our love and deepest sympathy.we have wonderful memories of your mom.

Kathleen Monteleone

January 25, 2018

I have such fond memories of Shirley when I was a young girl and our families were able to get together. She was a lovely, sweet-natured and highly intelligent lady. She and Nat were a great and loving couple and shared wonderful wit and charm. I know now that she is an angel in heaven in the company of those who love her and went before - both family and friends, and that she is at peace and happy.

Darlene Becnel Schnatz

January 24, 2018

Denise, Donald, Karen and Sue, I am so sorry for the loss of your Mom. She was a wonderful lady. She and your dad were both so good to my Grandmother and to my Mom and Dad. I know they are there for her now with arms wide open. I have great memories spanning many decades of your wonderful parents. Sending love and hugs to you all.

Michael Breaux

January 24, 2018

So sorry for your loss, Karen. My deepest sympathies to you and your family.

Kathy Trahant Coffman

January 23, 2018

Denise, so sorry for your loss. Moms are so special and hope that all of your good memories will comfort you.

John and Sandifer Burson

January 22, 2018

We send our condolences to all of the family members of Shirley Mercante, especially to Denise, Staci, and Dawn for the loss of their mother and grandmother. We offer our prayers for all the family.

Renata Seeger

January 22, 2018

Karen, I was so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. I enjoyed her company the few times I got to talk to her. Even though she was ill, she was so friendly and had such a beautiful smile whenever I stopped by. You are in my prayers.

Caleb Nides

January 22, 2018

Hey Karen I just found about your mom and I just wanted to say how sorry and that me and my family will be thinking about you.

marilyn joseph

January 22, 2018

May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.

Myra ane Ed Herty

January 22, 2018

We wish to extend our deepest sympathies to the entire family. We hope the fond memories you have of your Mother and Grandmother will help you through this time of sadness.

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