Hurricane Katrina

Faye Grygo, 70, Bay St Louis

Faye Grygo was small and thin in stature. Friend Paul Herbert said her figure was so nice that when she was younger a New Orleans radio station paid her $100 to walk down Canal Street in a bathing suit. Herbert noted, "50 years ago, $100 was a fortune."

Grygo moved to Bay St. Louis from Kenner, La., 11 years ago to be near her husband, Ed Grygo, when he was placed in a nursing home there. Before the move, she owned Faye's Lounge in River Ridge near Kenner. After her husband's death 8 years ago she stayed on the Mississippi Gulf Coast because she loved it here.

She enjoyed spending time with her friends and going to the casinos. "We were like the Three Musketeers," said friend of 25 years, Marian Thiac. "It was always Faye and me and our other friend, Scottie Parker."

When Faye went to the Casino Magic in Bay St. Louis, all the employees at the Players Club knew her by name. Her favorite game to play was the slot machines.

"She liked the Reel 'Em In machines. She was always real lucky on those machines," said Thiac. "She was a lucky person."