Pamela Marquis, a longtime contributor to various titles at Renaissance Publishing, died unexpectedly on May 4. A devoted gardener, Marquis’ gardening column and other contributions to New Orleans Homes kept readers in the know not only with trends and tips, but also the expertise, advice and news of and about respected New Orleans and Louisiana leaders in gardening, landscape design, botany and agriculture.

Also a regular contributor to Biz New Orleans Magazine since its launch in 2014, Marquis demonstrated her writing skills with a wide variety of profiles and features, but found a special calling in the past few years writing about the work of local nonprofits and small businesses in a twice-weekly blog on called “Labors of Love,” which garnered multiple awards from the Press Club of New Orleans.

Marquis leaves behind a loving daughter and son in-law, Eve Crawford Peyton and Robert Peyton — both of whom are also contributors to Renaissance Publishing’s digital and print publications — and two beloved granddaughters and grandson. She doted upon her family and our hearts go out to them as they navigate the loss of this strong and loving presence in their lives.

Her editors loved working with her and will miss her smart, funny, sweet missives and her contributions to their respective publications.

Her parting was in May, a month known for its flowers. Appropriately her life was in many ways a bouquet.