Kathleen Ann (Clay) Ehrlicher passed away peacefully at the age of 70 in her home on March 8, 2020 in the loving company of her family, after a three plus year trial with Lewy Body Dementia. Kathy was born on January 25, 1950 in New Orleans, and attended St. Mary Magdalen Elementary School, Archbishop Chapelle High School (class of 1968), and LSUNO, from which she graduated with a BS in Physical Education in 1972. Following graduation, she began a long career in education, for 17 years as a teacher, coach, principal, and administrator at Louise S. McGehee School, followed by 15 years as head of admissions and development at Stuart Hall School for Boys. In 2006, in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, she assisted for several months with admissions at Newman School, after which she returned to full retirement. Kathy was preceded in death by her mother, Eileen Kaiser Clay Dalier. She is survived by her husband of 47 years, Thomas G. Ehrlicher, her children Aimee E. Sedky (Tarik) and Justin J. Ehrlicher (Brittany) and grandchildren Alexander and Charlotte Sedky and Kinsley Ehrlicher, and step-granddaughters Justine and Lucy Sedky. She is also survived by her brother, Edward H. Clay III, his wife Judy and their sons Scott and Brad (Shawna), her sister Vera Clay and her daughter Katie Clay-Wakefield (Joey Werner), and her brother-in-law Richard J. Ehrlicher and his son Jonathan. As befits a physical education major, Kathy enjoyed sports all her life and played many of them well. Her favorite sports as an adult were tennis and later golf. As much as she enjoyed the games, she more enjoyed the company of the many dear friends with whom she played. Kathy was a natural leader, extremely sociable, gregarious and full of enthusiasm for her work and activities. Since 1985, she was a mainstay first of ladies tennis, then ladies golf at Metairie Country Club, only stepping back when she began to recognize the effects of her illness. Kathy was the most friendly, loving person you could ever meet. She was a second mom to her children’s friends, and always eager to help her friends in need. In any gathering, she made certain that all felt welcome. She was a most wonderful wife, mother and grandmother, sister, daughter, and friend, and she will be sorely missed by those she loved the most, and who love her the most. This life is certainly diminished by her passing, and if heaven can be made a better place, it is now. Special thanks to friends and family for their patience and compassion as they helped Kathy cope with the progression of her illness, and to the hospice nurses and aides who eased her passage from this life to the next. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 14, at 12 noon at St. Francis Xavier Church, 444 Metairie Road. Interment will be private at a later date. Visitation will begin at the church at 10.30 AM. A reception at the Ehrlicher home, 111 East Oakridge Park, Metairie, will follow the services. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Louisiana SPCA and Lewy Body Dementia Association in Kathy’s name would be appreciated. JACOB SCHOEN & SON FUNERAL HOME, 3827 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA 70119 in charge of arrangements. Condolences and remembrances may be expressed online at www.schoenfh.com.
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