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Remembering Louan Zagarino

Announcements Human Interest November 26, 2018

Louan Jones Zagarino, of Coral Gables age 79 died peacefully Friday, October 26 surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Washington D.C. and was a long-time resident of South Florida. She attended all Coral Gables Schools and Mary Washington College of the University of Virginia. She was the daughter of the late Ernest Peyton Jones who served in President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s cabinet and later settled in pioneer-era Coral Gables. Louan was a thoughtful and generous person who loved her family and friends immensely. She was passionate about her genealogy and was a proud member of the Coral Gables DAR, Colonial Dames of the 17th Century and of America, and the First Families of Mississippi. She enjoyed being involved with The Villagers and Mad Hatters, and participated on the boards of Pinewood Cemetery, Merrick House and more. She was the wife of the late Frank Zagarino who started the Zag Masters Regatta at Coral Reef Yacht Club. She is survived by her brother Eric Jones, her son Andy Elwell, wife Susan, son Tim Elwell, wife Carol Ann and her grandchildren, Alex, Katherine and Audrey. A Celebration of Life was held at Chapel of Venerable Bede, 1150 Stanford Drive, Coral Gables (on the Campus of University of Miami) Saturday, December 22 at 1:30pm.  Louan had the gift of encouragement which touched all who knew her throughout her life. She will be dearly missed. 

 Louan's most treasured event outside of her family was the Zagarino Masters Regatta which she and her husband Frank started in 1985.  Each year Louan and Frank hosted the regatta and the annual dinner at their hime. Louan was present at every Zag Masters through 2018...she is famour for saying "if you marry a Star sailor, you marry the Star Class". She will be missed by all in our Class. They are the fabric which keeps our Class vibrant. To honor Louan and Frank, we all need to contribute in our own way to the Star Class.  Larry Whipple