Catherine “Kay” O’Donnell Ewens passed away peacefully on Monday, September 2, 2019, at the age of 94, in her home surrounded by her children.
Catherine was married to the late Russell E. Ewens for sixty years and was preceded in death by a son, Roger Eugene Ewens and a grandson, John Ewens. She is survived by her children: Judith Ewens Hof (Ronald), Carol Ewens Roule (Gerard), Mark Edward Ewens (Jolie Ducorbier Loomas), and Holly Ewens Busse
(Daniel). She is also survived by her grandchildren Monica H. Wallace, Christian Roule, Jessica H. Cambre, Sarah R. Hirsch, Ryan Roule, David Ewens, Daniel Ewens, Emily Busse, Nicholas Ewens, Pierce Busse, and Stephen Ewens as well as by seven great grandchildren. Her parents are the late James E. O’Donnell and late Mary Klein O’Donnell and her siblings are the late Thelma O’D. Dossat and the late Roger O’Donnell. She is also survived by Suzanne D. Russell, Eileen O’D. Flaherty, Howard O’Donnell, Jonathan Russell, Allison R. Waldon, Britannia Neumann, Amy O’Donnell, Keith O’Donnell, Arlette O’Donnell, and Arvida O’Donnell.
Catherine proudly worked as an X-ray technician at Browne McHardy and later at Sellers and Sanders. She then spent twenty-five years as a medical assistant at Rothschild Pediatrics. She was an active member of St. Rita of Cascia Church where she served as a Eucharistic minister. She was also a RCIA and CCD leader, a member of the Altar society, and a Silver Trotter. In 1995, she received the Order of St. Louis Medallion. She dedicated her time as a symphony volunteer, was a member of the Colonial Garden Club, and an avid bridge player. She was also a part of the New Comers of Jefferson and a Life Member of Cancer Crusaders. Catherine was a beautiful, Christian woman and a devoted and faithful servant of God. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her.
The family extends special thanks to her caregivers, Faye and Jacqueline, along with Passages Hospice for their care, compassion and support.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 12 noon on Monday, September 9th at St. Rita of Cascia Church in Harahan. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 12 noon at the church followed by burial at Garden of Memories. Mass intentions or memorial donations to Cancer Crusaders, P.O. Box 7911, Metairie, LA 7 0010-7911 are preferred.