Mildred Mary Foley Hawkshead passed away peacefully at her home on April 4, 2021, after a brief illness. She was 92 years old.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John Jay Hawkshead, Jr., of 49 years, by her parents Daniel Matthew Foley and Mildred Werner Foley, her brother Daniel Matthew Foley, Jr., and her son-in-law, William Charles Weiland.
Millie is survived by her daughters, Mary H. Weiland and Tish H. Steib (Ray) and her son John Jay Hawkshead, III, (Becky). Her surviving grandchildren are Sydney Julian Steib, John Raymond "Jack" Steib, John Jay “JJ” Hawkshead, IV, Gabrielle Grace “Gigi” Hawkshead, Berly Billiot (Bryan), and Jeremiah Lasyone (Katie). Great grandchildren Katie Fisher, Brady and Molly Billiot, and Hayden and Kamy Lasyone survive her as well as brother-in-law Charles Hawkshead and sister-in-law Mickie Hawkshead. She is also survived by nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Millie was a very proud New Orleanian and lived most of her life in the city. She had a life-long love affair with City Park and Faubourg St. John.
She was a proud graduate of St. Joseph Academy and the Tulane University School of Business, class of 1951, in which she was one of very few female graduates. At Tulane, she joined Delta Zeta Sorority.
After graduating from Tulane, she began her career at Humble Oil where she met her husband who she married in 1959.
Everyone who met Millie immediately took to her. She was kind and generous and always put herself last. She never met a stranger, and always welcomed people into her home. There was always an extra seat at the dinner table. What mattered most to her was not the food on the table but the "feet under the table," as she was fond of saying.
She was a long-time volunteer at the New Orleans Museum of Art beginning with the King Tutankhamen exhibit in the 1970's. She also volunteered at Second Harvest Food Bank and the schools that her children attended. She enjoyed lifetime relationships with classmates, business associates, and family members and will be missed terribly by all who knew and loved her.
Special thanks go to dear friend, Lynne Barnes who was her lifeline to the outside world during the Covid pandemic, to dear niece Linda Wegmann, to Chateau Notre Dame Hospice, and to the very caring and professional staff at Sunrise Assisted Living in Metairie for their loving care during her final days.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian burial at Our Lady of the Rosary Church, 3368 Esplanade Avenue, New Orleans, on Friday, April 9, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. Visitation will begin at 11:00 a.m., and Words of Remembrance will be offered at 12:45 p.m., with the Mass to follow. Interment will follow at Greenwood Cemetery. Due to COVID-19 regulations, please adhere to current restrictions. Everyone attending is required to wear a mask and to social distance. The family invites you to share your thoughts, fond memories, and condolences online at www.greenwoodfh.com.
In lieu of flowers, donations to Friends of City Park www.friendsofcitypark.com, or the New Orleans Museum of Art, www.noma.org, or to the charity of your choice are preferred.