Shirley Mae Segretto House
Shirley Mae Segretto House
  • October 13, 1942 - March 15, 2017
  • New Orleans, Louisiana

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Shirley Mae Segretto House 74, passed away at home on March 15, 2017, with her two children and three grandchildren by her side.

Shirley was born October 13, 1942 in New Orleans were she spent her whole life. She grew up going to the Fairgrounds helping care for her father and grandfathers race horses. She had a strong love for horses. She loved to dance and was good at it. She won multiple dance competitions at the Lions Center. She ran a successful catering business, baked cakes for all occasions and was a hairdresser for many years.

Shirley had a love for cooking which she got from her parents and shared that love with her husband and they passed that love down to their children. She met the love of her life in high school and lost him to cancer when she was just 39 and became very independent after that. Shirley published and dedicated a cookbook to her late husband in 2012. She was very proud of that accomplishment. She enjoyed sewing, painting, making handmade cards and feeding the squirrels at the fly. She loved spending time with her family and always enjoyed days sitting in her rocker on the front porch greeting anyone who would walk by. Shirley had a one of a kind personality and was loved by so many. She was loving, caring, independent and downright sassy in the best way! Shirley was many things in her lifetime, but her three biggest accomplishments were being a wife, a mother, and a grandmother. We love you more.

A special thank you to the selfless and caring individuals, who sat with her, took care of her, helped guide her and put her mind at ease for her last few months with us.

Shirley Mae is survived by her children, Charles Davis House Jr.(Janice)and Gwen House Hymel(James), her grandchildren Amanda Mae (Nicholas), Jessica Mae (Christopher), Michael James, and her three sisters Leonardine "Deanie" Allemand(Harris Sr.), Rosemary "Rosie" Doll (David Sr.), and Geraldine "Gerry" Cook(John Sr.). She also is survived by many cousins, nieces, nephews along with great nieces and great nephews. She is proceeded in death by her loving husband, Capt. Charles Davis House Sr. and her parents Salvador Sam Segretto and Alice Mae Gaudet Segretto.

A memorial service will be held in her honor for relatives and friends on Saturday March 25th from 11-1 followed by a eulogy mass at Lake Lawn Funeral Home, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd (in Metairie Cemetery). In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to be made to the Dementia Society of America, the Alzheimer's Association, or the American Heart Association. To view and sign the family guestbook please visit