BEATRICE “BEA” YAGER, a retired medical researcher and community volunteer, died peacefully on Friday, March 29, 2019, surrounded by her family. She was 94.
Yager worked as a medical research associate and bacteriologist at LSU Medical Center in New Orleans for many years. In her early years, she volunteered at Hazel Park Elementary School with hearing-impaired students. She served as the chair of the women’s auxiliary of the Jefferson Parish Medical Society.
Throughout her life here, Yager was an active member of her synagogue and worked as a volunteer with the Jewish Community Center, the League of Women Voters and the Greater New Orleans Chapter of Hadassah.
A native of Brooklyn, NY., Yager graduated with a Bachelors of Science degree from Brooklyn College. It was there that she met her husband-to-be, who was studying to become a doctor.
After marrying at the end of 1945, the couple moved to live in River Ridge, where they raised their four children. Yager also was a travel agent in the Metairie area and was a noted volunteer at Washington Elementary School, where she worked as a reading mentor. The school acknowledged her work as an octogenarian in 2006 with the Volunteer of the Year Award.
Yeager loved the arts and literature. She was happy to volunteer as a museum docent at the New Orleans Museum of Art and loved to create her own art. She particularly loved listening to Broadway musicals and classical works, too. An avid bridge player, she always carried a deck of cards in her purse and participated in a bowling league. Yager was a devoted member of her book club and studied Torah into her nineties.
Her true passion and energies were for her family and friends. She was never happier than when enjoying a fine meal and great conversation with those she loved. Her kindness and generosity touched all that met her. The burning curiosity, wonder at discovery and drive to help others that served her so well in science applied perfectly to the rest of her life. All of this was spiced by her delightful sense of humor.
Yager was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Isadore Yager. She is survived by her children Randa Suher (Rob), Dr. Alan Yager (Liz), Juliette Yager (Rip Murray), and Beth Yager Eckstein (Bob) and nine grandchildren.
A service was held on Monday, April 1, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. at Shir Chadash Synagogue, 3737 W Esplanade, in Metairie, with Rabbi Deborah Silver officiating. Interment was private.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to your favorite charity or Shir Chadash Synagogue. Arrangements are by Tharp-Sontheimer-Tharp Funeral Home of Metairie, 1600 N Causeway Blvd. For more information, call 504-835-2341.