During the 1980s and early 1990s, she taught French at the Park School and Maryvale Preparatory School.

Mrs. Wasserman said her mother had an "irresistible joie de vivre" and lived each day to the fullest.

A stylish woman who always dressed in the French manner, Mrs. Delbourgo was always impeccably attired from her silk Parisian scarves to her chic costume jewelry, which she matched with a charming, outgoing disposition.

She attended the theater, movies and concerts and enjoyed reading. She was an avid shopper and an enthusiastic conversationalist who never shrank from a good debate.

"No topic was too small or unimportant for her to cast her critical lens on … and rarely ended in resolution," her daughter wrote. "We went round and round. But these back-and-forths were also filled with laughter and humor and the knowledge that in fact we saw eye to eye on so many things.

"She loved people and their stories and she always had a tale or two of her own to share with a captive audience," her daughter wrote.

She was an active member of Temple Oheb Shalom, where she sang with its choir, and was also a student at the Renaissance Institute at Notre Dame University of Maryland.

In recent years, she was busy working on her memoirs, which she was writing in English, said Mrs. Wasserman.

Services were held Monday at Sol Levinson & Bros.

In addition to her daughter, Mrs. Delbourgo is survived by a son, Phillip Delbourgo of Brooklyn, N.Y.; another daughter, Joelle Delbourgo of Clifton, N.J.; a brother, Richard Menage of New York City; a half-brother, Fabien Domergue of France; a sister, Nicole Pandolfi of Italy; and five grandchildren.

fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com