OBITUARY

Tara Quinn Derbes

July 16, 1951March 11, 2019

Tara Quinn Derbes passed away on March 11, 2019 at the age of 67. She is survived by her husband, Peter Denis Derbes and her daughter, Phoebe Helene Derbes, who miss her dearly. She is also survived by her siblings, Lisah Quinn Vanderiet (Jon), Francis Patrick Quinn, III, and Michael Scott Quinn (Jamie) and numerous nieces, nephews and family members. She is preceded in death by her parents, Merrilu (Foto) and Francis Patrick Quinn, Jr. She will be missed by her family and her many close friends who loved her.

Tara was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. She attended Mt. Carmel Academy, Vanderbilt University, and Loyola University New Orleans. She obtained a Master of Arts degree from University College Dublin and her Ph.D. in English from the University of Southern Mississippi. Tara was a dedicated teacher. She began her career teaching elementary and high school students. She taught for years at the University of New Orleans as an Assistant Professor of English. She loved playing the piano, reading, and singing. Tara was also an active volunteer with Fourth World Movement, an organization dedicated to helping the poorest of the poor in urban and rural areas.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend the Memorial Mass in the Chapel of Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd. New Orleans, LA 70124, on Thursday, March 21, 2019 at 1:00 pm. Visitation will begin at 11:00 am until service time. Interment will follow in Greenwood Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to ADT Fourth World Movement, 1430 St. Anthony Street, New Orleans, LA 70116.

  • FAMILY

  • She is survived by her husband, Peter Denis Derbes and her daughter, Phoebe Helene Derbes, who miss her dearly. She is also survived by her siblings, Lisah Quinn Vanderiet (Jon), Francis Patrick Quinn, III, and Michael Scott Quinn (Jamie) and numerous nieces, nephews and family members.

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, March 21, 2019
  • Memorial Mass Thursday, March 21, 2019
REMEMBERING

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Helen Burke

March 21, 2019

Tara was one of the most loving and caring people I know. I met her at graduate school in the 1980's, and have treasured my friendship with her ever since. She was there for me when I went through some hard times-- always supportive and wise, and always with that unforgettable smile. I shared an office with her, too, for a while at UNO, and I remember how excited she and Peter were when Phoebe was born and how proud they both were as they watched her grow up to become such an accomplished young woman.

Since then, I've always looked forward to meeting Tara and Peter when we (my husband, Jim and I) made our yearly trek over to New Orleans for Jazz Fest, and we both remember many happy times over dinner and drinks, sharing our stories of the past year and griping over the state of the nation. Tara was always the one in the group to see the bright side of things!

I will miss Tara dearly but I will always be grateful for having known her and I will never forget her.
Helen

Stephen Cefalu

March 17, 2019

I grew up knowing the entire Quinn family. Tara was the one who introduced me to the world of theatre when we dated in high school.Your family is in my prayers. Stephen B. Cefalu

Frank Silvestri

March 16, 2019

I met Tara when she was at Loyola through Mike Russo. She had the greatest smile. No matter how bad you might be feeling that smile always made you feel better. She was one of the smartest and most caring people I was lucky enough to ever meet. She loved to talk - about anything - but especially books and writing and movies and poetry and music. We had many long conversations way back When, especially after a little wine. You always came away feeling better after those talks, too. It has only hit me know how much I miss those long conversations. Tara had a big Irish heart and was always ready to help a friend in need or with a worthy cause, big or small. I loved her writing which was also smart and thoughtful. When I tried to put some writing from a few people I knew together in an online format, she was ridiculously generous with her contributions. Her only concern was whether a story was good enough or could be tweaked a little better. Her stories were always more than good enough and could make one envious of her talent.

I know how much Peter and Phoebe will miss her every day that she is gone. That is a pain that can only lessen by the smallest bits over time. I know how unrelentingly devoted they both were to Tara and how much she loved them both. She was so proud of Phoebe, and obviously, rightly so.

I wish I had made more time in the last few years to talk with her more. I hope her soul finds even a small fraction of the peace she brought to everyone whose life she touched.

Biography

Tara Quinn Derbes passed away on March 11, 2019 at the age of 67. She is survived by her husband, Peter Denis Derbes and her daughter, Phoebe Helene Derbes, who miss her dearly. She is also survived by her siblings, Lisah Quinn Vanderiet (Jon), Francis Patrick Quinn, III, and Michael Scott Quinn (Jamie) and numerous nieces, nephews and family members. She is preceded in death by her parents, Merrilu (Foto) and Francis Patrick Quinn, Jr. She will be missed by her family and her many close friends who loved her.

Tara was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. She attended Mt. Carmel Academy, Vanderbilt University, and Loyola University New Orleans. She obtained a Master of Arts degree from University College Dublin and her Ph.D. in English from the University of Southern Mississippi. Tara was a dedicated teacher. She began her career teaching elementary and high school students. She taught for years at the University of New Orleans as an Assistant Professor of English. She loved playing the piano, reading, and singing. Tara was also an active volunteer with Fourth World Movement, an organization dedicated to helping the poorest of the poor in urban and rural areas.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend the Memorial Mass in the Chapel of Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd. New Orleans, LA 70124, on Thursday, March 21, 2019 at 1:00 pm. Visitation will begin at 11:00 am until service time. Interment will follow in Greenwood Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to ADT Fourth World Movement, 1430 St. Anthony Street, New Orleans, LA 70116.