In memory of
Margaret Mary Gurba
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In memory of
Margaret Mary Gurba
October 26, 1943 - January 5, 2019 Margaret Mary Gurba (McDermott), 75, passed away on January 5, 2019 after a long illness. Margaret was a native of Philadelphia and later resided in Gretna and Harvey, Louisiana for the past 45 years. She is preceded in death by her beloved parents, John and Agnes (Whelan) McDermott, and her brothers John "Jack" (Toni) McDermott and Francis "Frank" (Sue) McDermott. She is survived by one brother James McDermott. She will be missed by a host of nieces and nephews and mostly by her six children; Ronald Jr. "Ronnie", John (Ashley), Beth Anne (Santos) Gonzales, Meg (Matthew) McKinney, Amy (Bryant) McGuire, and Christopher (Kelley), grandchildren; Kristen, Hallie, Faith, Melanie, Coral, Jewell, John Patrick Jr., Jeremy, Jordan, Jarek, Jacqui, Jacob "JT", Abigail "Abby" and soon to be 14th grandchild Ashlynn Margaret, and great-grandchildren; Brayden, Zaden, Zelek, Nora and a baby girl, Alana - due later this month. Margaret graduated from St. Mary's Catholic High in 1961. After graduation, she worked for the Northern Bell Telephone Company. She then met and married (1963) her former husband of nearly 35 years. Margaret dedicated her life to nurturing and rearing her six children and being a supportive military wife. During their years in the Navy, she traveled extensively, including living in Morocco, Africa for two years. After raising her children, Margaret went back to work with the Jefferson Parish School Board as an Assistant Teacher. She took great pride in educating and encouraging young people. After retiring in 2010, she volunteered in nursing homes and became an invaluable resource to a few cherished and ailing friends. Margaret was a devout Catholic who leaves behind a large family of whom she was immensely proud. She was a funny, loyal, irreverent, crazy and devoted mom and grandma. She was a kind-hearted and compassionate person who could talk endlessly on any subject (and often did)! Margaret never held back her opinion and always told the truth (as she saw it) even if it was not what you wanted to hear. She was the type of person who would, literally, give you the shirt off of her back if you needed it. In her final selfless act, Margaret chose to donate her body to LSU Health & Medical Studies. A Mass will be said in her name at noon on Saturday, January 19th at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Belle Chasse, Louisiana. A private Celebration of Life will be held by her immediate family. Memorable contributions may be made to the American Heart Association and/or American Stroke Association.
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8968 Highway 23
Belle Chasse, LA 70037
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In memory of
Margaret Mary Gurba
October 26, 1943 - January 5, 2019 Margaret Mary Gurba (McDermott), 75, passed away on January 5, 2019 after a long illness. Margaret was a native of Philadelphia and later resided in Gretna and Harvey, Louisiana for the past 45 years. She is preceded in death by her beloved parents, John and Agnes (Whelan) McDermott, and her brothers John "Jack" (Toni) McDermott and Francis "Frank" (Sue) McDermott. She is survived by one brother James McDermott. She will be missed by a host of nieces and nephews and mostly by her six children; Ronald Jr. "Ronnie", John (Ashley), Beth Anne (Santos) Gonzales, Meg (Matthew) McKinney, Amy (Bryant) McGuire, and Christopher (Kelley), grandchildren; Kristen, Hallie, Faith, Melanie, Coral, Jewell, John Patrick Jr., Jeremy, Jordan, Jarek, Jacqui, Jacob "JT", Abigail "Abby" and soon to be 14th grandchild Ashlynn Margaret, and great-grandchildren; Brayden, Zaden, Zelek, Nora and a baby girl, Alana - due later this month. Margaret graduated from St. Mary's Catholic High in 1961. After graduation, she worked for the Northern Bell Telephone Company. She then met and married (1963) her former husband of nearly 35 years. Margaret dedicated her life to nurturing and rearing her six children and being a supportive military wife. During their years in the Navy, she traveled extensively, including living in Morocco, Africa for two years. After raising her children, Margaret went back to work with the Jefferson Parish School Board as an Assistant Teacher. She took great pride in educating and encouraging young people. After retiring in 2010, she volunteered in nursing homes and became an invaluable resource to a few cherished and ailing friends. Margaret was a devout Catholic who leaves behind a large family of whom she was immensely proud. She was a funny, loyal, irreverent, crazy and devoted mom and grandma. She was a kind-hearted and compassionate person who could talk endlessly on any subject (and often did)! Margaret never held back her opinion and always told the truth (as she saw it) even if it was not what you wanted to hear. She was the type of person who would, literally, give you the shirt off of her back if you needed it. In her final selfless act, Margaret chose to donate her body to LSU Health & Medical Studies. A Mass will be said in her name at noon on Saturday, January 19th at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Belle Chasse, Louisiana. A private Celebration of Life will be held by her immediate family. Memorable contributions may be made to the American Heart Association and/or American Stroke Association.
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Our Lady of Perpetual Help
8968 Highway 23
Belle Chasse, LA 70037
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