Hurricane Katrina

Jean Collins Hyatt, 75, Pass Christian

The Hyatts continued to travel after their wedding, but Jean Hyatt also was at home in the kitchen.

"She liked to cook," Simpson said. "She was a wonderful friend."

Hearin used to enjoy shopping trips with her friend.

"Jean was a remarkable woman, a real New Orleans lady," Hearin said. "She loved to go shopping, and she could barter. She was a great cook, and she took good care of (Arthur)."

They shared more than their golden years, Hearin said.

"(Arthur) really adored her," she said.