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In Memory of Eva Margaret Damiens

TOKC extends its deepest thanks to the Damiens and Hennessey families. Although dealing with the loss of Eva Margaret Damiens, otherwise affectionately known as “Mema”, a mother, sister, grandmother, they still exemplify their Mema’s spirit of joy, service and giving, and take time to remember kids with cancer during their grief. Your donations will bring hope to kids with cancer through funding vital research. All research donations are matched dollar for dollar. Here, Eva Margaret “Mema” Damien’s legacy and life will always be remembered.


OBITUARY: Eva Margaret Damiens passed away at home in Metairie on Friday, January 17, 2020 at the age of 84. Her joyful spirit lives on in our hearts and in heaven. Eva was born in Jennings, Louisiana and was a lifelong resident of New Orleans. She was a graduate of St. Joseph Academy, Soulé Business College, and a member of several organizations including the World Trade Club Women’s Auxiliary and the Altar Society of St. Maria Goretti. She is preceded in death by her husband, Marcel Joseph Damiens; parents, Herve Antoine Tabary and Cecile deLeaumont Tabary; stepmother, Vera deLeaumont Tabary; sister, Cecile Tabary Kopanica. Eva is survived by her daughters, Marcelle “Sammy” d’Hemecourt (Tommy), Mignon Franco (Michael) and Michelle Hennessey (John); her sons, Tab Damiens (Lourdes) and Mark Damiens (Laurie); grandchildren, Thomas d’Hemecourt (Chenét), Suzette d’Hemecourt Olson (Peter), David d’Hemecourt, Hailey-Madison Damiens, Hannah Damiens, Anastasia Damiens, Michael Franco Jr (Erin), Christopher Franco (Jenay), Jeffrey Franco (Jacqueline), Michelle Franco, Nicholas Franco (Rebecca), Austin Damiens, Megan Damiens, Taylor Hennessey (Amy) and Zachary Hennessey; and her 14 great-grandchildren. Eva is also survived by her sister, Yvette Tabary Villarrubia, numerous nieces, nephews and other family. Eva was affectionately referred to as “Mema” by her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Spending time with her family was her greatest joy in life. She was a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and a friend to all. Her sweet personality and grace were a blessing to all who knew her. Relatives and friends are invited to attend the Funeral Mass to be held at Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church, 3368 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119 on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. Visitation at church will begin at 12:00 noon until Mass. Interment will follow the Mass at All Saints Mausoleum. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made in Eva’s memory to “Triumph Over Kid Cancer Foundation” at The family invites you to share your condolences online at