Angels of Light


The Hospice Tree for Life is a long-standing tradition of St. Tammany Hospital Hospice. Each year at the annual Angels of Light event, the Tree for Life is lighted in a beautiful holiday ceremony. In addition, the tree is decorated with Tribute Angels. Each Tribute Angel represents a special person, whether living or deceased, who is being honored or memorialized by a friend or family member. Every light on the Tree for Life symbolizes the extraordinary care and comfort that is provided to all hospice patients.

Thursday, December 6, 2018
5:30 p.m.
St. Tammany Parish Hospital Lobby
Refreshments provided

Holiday music by STPH Employee Vocalists
and harpist Jessica Meltz

Download Tribute Angel Form

Download Sponsorship Opportunities


The 2018 Hospice Tree for Life is dedicated to the loving memory of Ellen "Deedee" Suthon by her family and friends. 

Ellen "Deedee" Suthon was born on January 2, 1935 in Baltimore, Maryland. She grew up in New York City and graduated from New Orleans' Newcomb College in 1956 and, soon, permanently moved to Louisiana. 

Deedee's great passion was her belief in the power of volunteering, giving thousands of hours to the causes that she believed in. Throughout her lifetime of achievement, Mrs. Suthon always focused upon how she could dedicate her time, talents and resources to causes, organizations and people whom she believed could make a difference in the quality of life of others. 

Deedee was an active member of the community serving as President of the New Orleans YWCA, graduating from Leadership St. Tammany in 2007, serving on the board of the Three Rivers Art Festival, a leader of the Safe Harbor program and serving on the St. Tammany Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees from 2010 - 2015. 

Over the years, Deedee was a strong advocate of hospice care and had a special place in her heart for Angels of Light. In 2011, she sponsored the tree itself - and in true Deedee style - dedicated the tree in honor of all STPH employees. 

Deedee was an outstanding individual whose volunteer work made an immeasurable difference for women, children and families in the St. Tammany Parish and New Orleans region. Her love for her community and volunteerism could only be topped by the love for her children, grandchildren, pugs and horses. 

The family of Deedee Suthon wishes you and your loved ones a very joyous holiday season. 


Proceeds from Angels of Light benefit St. Tammany Hospital Hospice. The St. Tammany Hospital Hospice program provides palliative and supportive care to terminally ill patients and their families in the home through an interdisciplinary team that addresses physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs. Hospice unites a team of professionals, physicians, nurses, social workers, home health aides, clergy and trained volunteers into a compassionate alternative to traditional care. Hospice services are available to everyone, regardless of ability to pay.