GMercyU Celebrates Life of Longtime Friend with Second Line Jazz Funeral
Gwynedd Mercy University's Institute for New Orleans History and Culture celebrated the life of Miss Inez Douglas with a traditional Second Line Jazz Funeral on October 27, 2016. Miss Inez was a long-time friend and tour guide for GMercyU's annual spring break trip to New Orleans.
Human Services Associate Professor Wade Luquet, a native of New Orleans, established the Institute at GMercyU in 2005 and teaches a class centered on the history and culture of the city. Each spring break, the class spends spring break in New Orleans to experience the rich culture first-hand.
“Miss Inez brought joy to a lot of people and we wanted to give her a special farewell and celebrate her life,” Dr. Luquet said.
Miss Inez passed away in May 2016, just two months after guiding Griffins around her hometown during spring break 2016. To celebrate her life, GMercyU held a short memorial followed by a second line walk to the dining hall where a traditional New Orleans menu was served. The second line walk was led by Drew Nugent and the Midnight Society, a premier hot jazz ensemble from Philadelphia.
Miss Inez touched the lives of more than 100 GMercyU students and alumni with her knowledge, wisdom, and humor. GMercyU senior Albert Rementer traveled to New Orleans in March 2016 and credits Miss Inez for his newfound love of the city.
“She was born and raised in New Orleans and had a New Orleans attitude. She got us into a lot of places we normally wouldn’t get into because she knew everyone. Everywhere we went everybody knew her. She was open about everything. She would give you the shirt off her back,” Rementer said.