A New Orleans-style goodbye for Leah Chase

Admirers line up outside St. Peter Claver Catholic Church in New Orleans on Monday, June 10, 2019, to pay last respects to famed New Orleans chef Leah Chase, who died June 1. | Photo Source: AP Photo / Kevin McGill

NEW ORLEANS, La. (AP) - It's been a distinctively New Orleans send-off for famed chef Leah Chase. It's alternating between the somber and the festive.

Her funeral Monday was at St. Peter Claver Catholic Church in New Orleans, blocks from the family restaurant she ran for decades.

New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell was among those offering memories. She told those gathered that Chase had offered her encouragement as she became New Orleans' first woman mayor.

Services featured spirited gospel from a choir and Deacon John's soulful "Peace in the Valley."

Chase's casket was escorted from the church by a brass band playing a slow dirge. It gave way to an upbeat "I'll Fly Away" as it carried her for one last visit to her restaurant on Orleans Avenue.

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