Clare Albert(1929 - 2012)

Clare Trudeau Albert

Asheville - Clare Trudeau Albert, 82, currently of Asheville, N.C. and formerly of Metairie, La. and Adams, Mass., died peacefully on Friday, November 16, 2012 at her home at Deerfield Retirement Community.

She was born December 16, 1929 in Adams, Mass., the daughter of Henri and Anna Gagnon Trudeau. She graduated from high school in Adams, Mass. and attended nursing school in Albany, N.Y. She was married to Ben Livingston from 1949 to 1969. They had two children, Susan Ann Livingston and Steven George Livingston. The couple lived in Ohio, New Jersey and eventually ended up in New Orleans, La.

On April 8, 1972, Clare married Matthew Albert in New Orleans. Matthew and Clare moved to Metairie, La. where they lived together until Matthew's death in 1986. Clare continued to live in their house until she was forced out by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

After the Hurricane, Clare moved to Dixon, Ill. to be closer to her grandson, Jeffrey and his family. The Illinois winters were too much for her and she longed to move back South which she did in 2008. In 2011 she moved to Asheville, N.C. to be closer to her son.

Clare enjoyed playing duplicate bridge and was proud of her Bronze Life Master status. She enjoyed the company of her bridge friends and traveled with them extensively.

Clare was known as Granny to her four grandchildren (and their friends) and as GG to her seven great-grandchildren. She enjoyed entertaining family and friends in Metairie and welcomed everyone into her home.

Her favorite hobbies were making miniature dollhouses, cross stitching, and knitting. In fact, every Christmas family members eagerly anticipated getting "Granny slippers" as a gift.

Clare is survived by her first husband, Ben Livingston of Pittsburgh, Pa.;, her children, Steve (Lynnora Bierce) Livingston, Asheville, N.C., and Susan Livingston, Berkley, Calif. Surviving grandchildren include Jeffrey (DeAnne) White of Dixon, Ill., Jason (Colleen) White of Acton, Mass., Gretchen (Martin) Gadecki of Pflugerville, Texas and Daniel Livingston of Orlando, Fla. Great grandchildren include Jarod and Trevor White of Dixon, Julien, Connor and Graham White of Acton, Bethany Peterson and Lindsey Livingston of Pflugerville. Clare was preceded in death by her parents, her sister, Jeannette and her husband, Matthew.

A memorial service will be held at St. Giles Chapel, Deerfield Episcopal Retirement Community, on Tuesday, Dec. 4 at 11 a.m. A Memorial has been established to Mercy Home for Boys and Girls in Chicago.

Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times on Nov. 27, 2012