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Alice Fassitt Jupiter 1919 - 2012

Alice Fassitt Jupiter

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Sunday, May 19, 2013
Dearest Auntie Alice,

Memories of you are precious.

May 18, 2013 has just passed.

I could not stop thinking about you. I remembered you as you were on May 18, 1954. It was the day after the United States Supreme Court handed down its landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision 347 U.S. 483 (1954).

My brother Virgil Demery and I were children. When we came down to breakfast you __Miss Alice Fassitt ( you married in 1955) were sitting in your customary seat at one end of the kitchen table. Even now, I still can see you wearing your red cashmere robe.

Grandfather George Carroll Fassitt already had left for work. Grandmother Adele Nelson Fassitt was milling about the kitchen in the camelback house. Instantly, Virgil Jr. and I knew something really significant had happened.

The Times Picayune newspaper was placed on the table slightly to the left above your plate. It was unopened. You sat mesmerized __glancing repeatedly at the banner headline:

BLACK MONDAY
Supreme Court Outlaws Segregation

You spoke only one phrase, “It had to be; It is the law of the land.” Over and over between uncustomary multiple refills of coffee you proclaimed, “It had to be; It is the law of the land.”

You spoke no other words that morning. You dressed and departed the house in silence __off to teach the children.

Virgil and I were confused. We could feel the earth shaking, but we did not know why. As we left for school I asked Grandmother Adele (born 1895 the year before Plessy v. Ferguson 163 U.S. 537 (1896) held that segregation did not violate the law), “What happened? What's this all about?”

Adele Fassitt, your mother, gazing pass me and Virgil __into a long ago century __replied, “It's all about a funeral. Jim Crow is dead.”
Friday, December 14, 2012
My prayers and thoughts are with you at this time,with deepest sympathy.
Sincerely, Marie Barney
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Alice was a board member of NOAH's Friends at the New Orleans Adolescent Hospital for many years. She served as president and secretary. I worked with her in my capacity as Volunteer Director at NOAH. She volunteered in many capacities at the hospital including the gift shop and special events.

She was a wonderful, caring lady who will be greatly missed.

My condolences to her family.

Sincerely,

Alison Dillmann
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
My sincere sympathy to Charlene Thomas Wilson and her Mother(Ms. Yvonne) Charlene I continue to be in awe of your strength and compassion for others. You will continue to be in my prayers.
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Thank you Auntie for all of the blessings that you bestowed on your friends & family during your long and full life. We know that you still love us, and we will always love you.
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