Obituary of Michele Colleen Lagasse
Michele Colleen Lagasse, of Goose Creek, South Carolina, passed away on January 24, 2022 at the age of 59. Michele was born on March 26, 1962 in New Orleans, Louisiana, to the now deceased Paul Mahoney Lagasse Jr. and Gloria “Marjoe” Breland Gex. She came into this world as their youngest and quietest child, probably because her oldest sister, Terri Lagasse Neyrey has never stopped talking long enough to let her speak but she loved her anyway since Terri was always trying to take care of her. Her older brother, Paul Mahoney Lagasse III (Linda) was an early protector and someone she grew to love and admire more and more over the years, even when their stubbornness caused them to argue, there was always the hug after to show their love. These three would form a bond of friendship that nothing could topple. Michele’s time as the baby of the family drew to an end before her 10th birthday as her dad and stepmother, April Lagasse, brought home a daughter, Daniele Lagasse Palen (Chad). She was not happy about this situation but she still was the youngest on her mom’s side. Then only a short 7 months later, her mom welcomed Elizabeth Gex Lopez (Sonny) into this world and Michele was suddenly a middle child. She couldn’t be too upset as she now had younger siblings to boss around and they would become some of her best friends too.
Michele met with heartache in 1982 when her cousin and best friend, Whitney Faith Johnston, was killed in a car accident. The family was devastated by Whitney’s passing but Michele’s broken heart would last her the rest of her life. From this day forward, the entire family became her protectors, everyone worried about how she would handle situations of loss. Michele was not weak by any means, she was just the most tender-hearted person you could know. If Michele was heartbroken the whole family felt it and they did everything they could to keep the pain away.
Michele moved to New Orleans to finish college at UNO and found a group of friends that would make a lasting impression on her. She worked at Daiquiri and Company just off campus and after graduating, she would transfer to the Slidell location to continue building lasting relationships with employees and patrons. She loved that place, her boys, and the memories she had there. After Hurricane Katrina, Michele moved to South Carolina to be with her soul mate, Jennifer “JEC” Cope Lagasse. She began working at Boeing in Charleston. She beamed with pride when she described the work she was doing being a part of the Boeing team. After her passing, Boeing lowered the flags to half-staff in her honor, she would have loved that. Michele loved sports. She played tennis, volleyball, water skiing, and softball. She attempted to snow ski but a few stitches in her head made her give that up quickly. When she decided to start running, she trained for and completed the Crescent City Classic. She was a huge fan of the Atlanta Braves and even named her late pups after her favorite players, Murph and Chipper, after Dale Murphy and Chipper Jones. The New Orleans Saints was her favorite football team and with season tickets in hand, her favorite game was the 2006 return to the Dome after Katrina. She cried like a baby when U2 played “The Saints are Coming”. Her favorite college football team was the Georgia Bulldawgs and she made sure to live long enough for them to win the National Championship she had been waiting for.
On May 5, 2015, Michele married her love, Jennifer in a quiet ceremony in San Diego with her sister and brother-in-love, Liz and Sonny by their side. She was so excited to be able to marry her best friend. In their free time, Michele and JEC enjoyed camping with their pups every chance they could taking extended weekends to spend time together or with family and friends at different camp sites around the area. In her spare time, Michele enjoyed playing games, betting football, singing out of tune, and cooking. Elton John’s song Levon was a favorite song to sing out of key or for karaoke when she was coaxed. Although she didn’t have any children of her own, she adored her many nieces and nephews: Niki Lagasse Butler (Brad) and their son, Carson and daughter, Maddie; Tracey Lagasse Coulter (Mike) and their sons Jesse and Colston; her Godson, Brendon Paul Lagasse “Tiger”; Catherine Lagasse; Forrest Freeman “FoFo”; and Ally Neyrey. She had many other bonus nieces and nephews through marriage that were absolutely adored. Her last planned event for the younger ones included a full scale Nerf war on Christmas vacation that had adults against the kids and made lasting memories for everyone involved. To say Michele was quick witted is an understatement, she had a funny or sarcastic comeback for anything and everything faster than you could get it out of your mouth. She had a laugh that was contagious and a smile that could make your day. She was the most loyal friend you could have and if you were lucky enough to be a friend, you were most likely considered family. If you were family to Michele by birth, marriage, or choice you were loved fiercely and unconditionally by her. She would not want your tears during this time, she would want your laughter as you share with others all of the great memories you shared together.
We will celebrate Michele’s life with family and friends on Saturday, February 19, 2022 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Audubon Funeral Home located at 61101 Hwy 11 in Slidell, LA 70458. Please stop by to share a story, look at Michele’s life in pictures, watch some home movies, have a snack, make a toast, and remember the wonderful times we had with her. In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made in her name to The Northshore Humane Society in Covington, LA. Memories and condolences may be expressed at www.AudubonFuneralHome.com
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