Janet Lynn is remembered as a brilliant secretary who loved the outdoors, swimming, boating and bingo.
"Mrs. Lynn loved to take cruises and she was talking about another one just before Katrina hit," said Ray Broussard, a close neighbor who kept an eye on the elderly couple.
Her husband, T. Ray Lynn, has always been an avid sea captain, and Janet had enjoyed sailing with him, said Broussard. She also loved to swim and at age 93 was talking about adding a swimming pool at their home off Simmons Bayou.
"She loved to play bingo every Tuesday night at the Elks Lodge," Broussard said. The lodge was blown away as was much of the Lynns' home.
"She was brilliant," said her husband. "She worked out of New York with a small group of newspaper editors, and they traveled all over the world."
"She took many trips with the editors," said friend Les Sturtevant, "and met world figures, like Indira Ghandi."
The Lynns met in Texas, where she worked for Humble Oil (now Exxon). They bought the house here in 1980. "We had 48 good years of marriage," Lynn said.