Jerrye Louise "Louise" (Baehr) Martin (1947 - 2018)

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Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home
5100 PONTCHARTRAIN BLVD
New Orleans, LA
70124
(504)-486-6331
Visitation
Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
St. Mary's Assumption Church
2030 Constance Street
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Funeral service
Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018
11:00 AM
St. Mary's Assumption Church
2030 Constance Street
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Obituary

Jerrye Louise Baehr Martin (Louise), born April 3, 1947, died at home in New Orleans on November 11, 2018, after a lengthy illness. She was the youngest daughter of the late Marie Louise Cressend and Jerome Baehr. She is survived by: her husband of 48 years, Edward Fontaine (Ted) Martin; their five children, Marie Louise (Ouida) Laudumiey (husband Ferdie), Elizabeth Richards (husband Peter), Alice Allen (husband Nathan), Anna Denton (husband Russ), and Edward (Teddy) Jerome (wife Gabriella); their 12 grandchildren: Lillie Richards, Sophie Richards, Mark Richards, Henry Richards, Ferdie Laudumiey, Olivia Laudumiey, Thomas Allen, James Allen, Emily Allen, Cora Denton, Jack Denton and Hattie Denton; and her sisters, Brenda Fuselier and Anne Bell. Louise was a "lifer" at Academy of the Sacred Heart in New Orleans, graduating in 1964. She went on to graduate from Smith College in 1968 and later earned a Master's degree in History from Tulane University. Married at 23, and blessed with 5 children born over the next 18 years, Louise found the time to have a remarkable career buying and restoring old buildings, often with the help of Camille Strachan, and using the valuable advice of the late Henry Krotzer, architect. Her efforts to improve the city went beyond private restorations. She was instrumental in saving from demolition the old McDonogh school building at Camp and General Pershing streets, now the main home of St. George's School. She led the effort to install in Sophie Wright Place a monumental sculpture of Sophie by Enrique Alferez. With Harry McCall's important assistance, Louise accomplished the installation of a new Roman Catholic chapel in the Garden District a project that required raising the money, locating a building to use, having it taken down and rebuilt, and finding the right place for it on Jackson Avenue. She also founded Felicity Street Redevelopment Project, a non-profit designed to encourage repopulation of the Lower St. Charles Avenue corridor by acquiring neglected buildings, stabilizing them, and finding occupant-owners for them. During Louise's time as its leader, Felicity effected the rehabilitation of over 60 dwelling units, and that area is now thriving. Louise also served on the boards of the Christian Woman's Exchange and the Garden District Association, and as a lector at her church. In honor of her accomplishments, Louise received the Terry-Parkerson Award from the Garden District Association, "for her decades of work as a preservationist and community activist", and the Harnett T. Kane Preservation Award from Louisiana Landmarks Society. Louise also spent many joyful summers in Vermont with her husband and children and grandchildren. One of her greatest pleasures was sitting on the porch of their restored farm house, visiting with family, and enjoying her beautiful garden. Although taken from us too soon, Louise will be fondly remembered for her devotion to her family, her church and her city, for her intellectual curiosity, and for her complete integrity. Funeral services will take place Tuesday November 20 at 11 o'clock at St. Mary's Assumption Church, 2030 Constance Street, preceded by visitation starting at 9. Burial will follow at St. Louis Cemetery #3. In lieu of flowers, please consider a gift in memory of Louise to the New Orleans Opera Association or a . The family invites you to share your thoughts, fond memories, and condolences online at www.lakelawnmetairie.com.
Published in TheNewOrleansAdvocate.com from Nov. 13 to Nov. 20, 2018
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