Jane Pharr Gage
Jane Pharr Gage
  • December 19, 1909 - May 1, 2014
  • New Orleans, Louisiana

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Jane Pharr Gage, age 104, was born December 19, 1909 in New Orleans, LA and passed away peacefully May 1, 2014 at Lambeth House. She is survived by her three children: Katherine Pharr Gage, Mims Gage Jr. and Dr. John Ochsner Gage. She was preceded in death by her parents, Anna Smith Pharr and Henry Newton Pharr; her husband, Dr. Idys Mims Gage; her brother, John Newton Pharr and her cousins, Mary Elizabeth Pharr and Henry Newton Smith. She is also survived by her grandchildren: Hillary Gage-Karcher, Amy Gage Yildizli, Julian Gage, Joshua Gage and Trevor John Gage; a great grandson, Aiden Gage; her two nieces, Betty Pharr Moran and Jane Pharr Stewart; a great niece, Kathryn Moran Van Aalst and her cousins: Elizabeth Smith Hassell, Newton Pharr Smith and Norwood Courtlandt Smith.
Jane Gage grew up outside of New Iberia, LA on a sugar plantation before moving to New Orleans to attend Miss McGehee's School from which she graduated in 1928. She received a B.A. in English from Newcomb College in 1932 and in 1934, a Masters in Sociology with certification in Medical Social Work. She worked in the Social Services Department at Charity Hospital until she married Dr. Mims Gage in 1937. Jane devoted herself to her family but utilized her social work skills in other ways. She helped to organize the Community Volunteer Service which placed volunteers in non-profit organizations ''' a new concept in the late 1930s. She was a member of the boards of what is now Children's Hospital, serving as Secretary and Chair of the Personnel Practices Committee; Family Service Society; The Girl Scout Council and Louise S. McGehee School. When her sons were students at Henry W. Allen School, she was president of the PTA. Jane was a member of the Ochsner Board of Councilors for many years and an emeritus member at the time of her death. She was also a Cub Scout den mother. In the 1960s, at the request of the head of Tulane's Department of Pediatrics, Jane became an active medical social worker again, working one day a week and volunteering one day.
Jane was a member of the Junior League for more than 70 years and she received its Sustaining Award in 1964. She was honored for her help in organizing the local unit of the American Diabetes Association and was named an Honorary Member of the Orléans Club. She was also a senior member of the Quarante Club.
Jane was a member of Rayne Memorial United Methodist Church for more than 80 years and was very involved in all aspects of church life.
The family wishes to express appreciation to the Lambeth House staff; her devoted caregivers: June Washington, Andrea Lee, Valencia Kelly, Kim Celestine, Nacole Beverly, Doreall Jupiter, Shakena Charles, Louisa Johnson, Nichelle Carter and the staff at Advantage Nursing Services as well as Hospice Compassus.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend the memorial service which will be held at 11:00 am on Monday, May 5, 2014 at Rayne Memorial United Methodist Church, 3900 St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans, LA.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a memorial gift to Rayne Memorial United Methodist Church, Louise S. McGehee School, Lambeth House Foundation or Ochsner Clinic Foundation.