Donna Vitter

Person ID: I10 


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  • Gender Female 
    Notes 
    • Donna attended St. Matthias grade school and Ursuline for middle school and high school. She was valedictorian in high school. Donna was a French major at Georgetown, and she spent junior year abroad in France and Russia. Her French would later come in handy, since she moved to France in 1981, where she has resided since. Her work in France, currently with Alstom, combines her background in law and business. She has a law degree from Boston College and an MBA from INSEAD in France. In 2000 her offices moved to Brussels, where she commuted weekly on the TGV in a little more than an hour train time. In 2004, she was promoted to General Consul for Alstom's Power Division and continued to live in Paris. Donna retired around 2008. Since 2015, she splits her time between her apartment on rue Denis Poisson in Paris and her house on Tchoupitoulas in New Orleans.

      Her high school friends included Mary Nolan, Debbie Walters, and Connie Casey. Georgetown friends included Marijke van der Meer, Debbie Walters, Davin Fisher, John and Laura Freeman, and future husband Bill Plott.

      Donna traveled with Mimi & Père in May 1981 during their trip through southwest France and helped dig up much genealogical infomation in Tarbes and Pau. She traveled with Jeff, Sharon, and Jillian through southwest France and Spain. During each trip they visited Larneilh, the former farm of Jean Ferran at Uzan, and met members of the Marquehosse family, the current owners. Jeff and Sharon and kids returned on December 24, 1998. During their trip to Spain, meals were very late, and 12-month-old Jillian would often konk out at midnight in her clip-on chair. On another trip to the Netherlands with Jeff and Sharon, they arrived late at Marijke's house, and the door was locked. Rather than wake her up, they tried to climb up an old ladder, but it broke. Somehow they got in. On another occasion Donna traveled with Jean Pierre and Jeff to the Netherlands to visit Marijke and see the special Van Gogh exhibit. Donna traveled often as part of work. In fact, it seemed that each time an opera was being presented in the 1986-1987 season, for which she had season tickets, she was called away to India or China, and Jeff and Sharon went in her stead. They got to see Russian ballet star Rudolf Noureev (French spelling) and the first production of Lully's Atys in 200+ years, along with other wonderful productions. Donna and Jean Pierre often traveled to New Orleans and took side trips to various beaches and tourist locations.
    Siblings
     1. Dr. Albert Leopold Vitter, III (ID:I8)
     2. Martha Louise Vitter (ID:I9)
     3. John Mark Vitter, MD (ID:I11)
     4. Dr. Jeffrey Scott Vitter (ID:I1785),   b. 13 Nov 1955, New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. U. S. Senator David Bruce Vitter (ID:I12)

    Parents

    Family ID: F5296 Group Sheet  |  Family Chart  
    Father Albert Leopold Vitter, Jr. (ID:I15155),   b. 23 Dec 1915, New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Oct 2003, New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years) 
    Mother Audrey Malvina St. Raymond (ID:I16565),   b. 20 Dec 1920, New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Oct 2005, Atlanta, De Kalb, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years) 
    Married 19 Jun 1943  St. Matthias Catholic Church, New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Mimi & Pere's Wedding
    Mimi & Pere's Wedding
    Mimi & Pere's Wedding Day
    Reference Number 1474 

    Family 1

    Family ID: F10 Group Sheet  |  Family Chart 21 Feb 2021   
    Husband 1 Jean Pierre Téjéro (ID:I1183) 

    Family 2

    Family ID: F9 Group Sheet  |  Family Chart 21 Feb 2021   
    Husband 2 William Plott (ID:I1182) 
  • Histories
    A. L. & Audrey Vitter: Role Models Extraordinaires
    A. L. & Audrey Vitter: Role Models Extraordinaires
    Jeff Vitter's parents A. L. Jr. & Audrey (née St. Raymond) Vitter (grandparent names Père and Mimi) led accomplished lives of extraordinary service and caring for others — a legacy for generations to follow (including many Domers and a killer cookbook!).
    Après le <em>Aha!</em> moment (et avant aussi!)
    Après le Aha! moment (et avant aussi!)
    As highlighted in the history "The Aha! Moment That Led to This Website," Jeff Vitter made a big breakthrough in December 2000 when he discovered when, where, and how his Vitter ancestors came from Europe to the USA. Much correspondence behind the scenes led up to and beyond that discovery. This history gives an inside look at the correspondences that genealogists engage in and how what we understand grows (we hope!) with time.
    Our Loyal Guardians Rex & Queenie
    Our Loyal Guardians Rex & Queenie
    Rex and Queenie — half-ton cast-iron Newfoundland dogs — have stood guard over Vitter-Artigues homes in New Orleans for about 110 years and have a fascinating (and still mysterious) genealogy of their own.
    Photos from Mimi's Homecoming Weekend, June 2006
    Photos from Mimi's Homecoming Weekend, June 2006
    We couldn't bury Audrey "Mimi" (née St. Raymond) Vitter in New Orleans at the time of her death because of the devastation from Hurricane Katrina. When her body was brought back home for reburial eight months later, it was a time for several family events and to celebrate her life.
    Remembering Those Back in Uzan
    Remembering Those Back in Uzan
    In the 1800s, the Ferran, St. Raymond, and Cougot families lived around a small village in southwestern France called Uzan (pronounced "u-ZHANG" in the local patois). After emigrating to the U. S. A., they sponsored a monument to those from Uzan who gave their lives during World War I. It stands there still today in front of the city hall.
    Vitter Holiday Cards Through the Years
    Vitter Holiday Cards Through the Years
    'Tis the Season to be jolly! Welcome to a tradition starting in 1945 spanning several generations of annual Christmas greeting cards, augmented from time to time with cards for other occasions.
    Articles
    <em>Thursday Night Cookin': Mimi's Recipes for a Happy Home</em>
    Thursday Night Cookin': Mimi's Recipes for a Happy Home
    Judge Wendy Vitter put together a wonderful cook book in honor of Mimi's 78th birthday in 1998, entitled Thursday Night Cookin': Mimi's Recipes for a Happy Home. The cook book consists of the family's favorite recipes of Mimi's, along with several bons mots, family trivia, and memories. The name for the cook book came from the family's tradition of having Thursday night dinner at Mimi & Pere's.

    When the Vitter kids were younger, a similar tradition existed at Mimi's parents' home at 3539 Napoleon, where Mémère and Pépère would host everyone to Wednesday night dinner, often roast chicken. Jeff liked to make little chicken sandwiches with the chicken, biscuits, and gravy.

  • Source Citations

    1. [S1000] Newspaper, Magazine, or Media Outlet.
      1943
      Audrey St. Raymond and Albert Vitter Wedding Announcement, newspaper from 1943 Document
      Audrey St. Raymond and Albert Vitter Wedding Announcement, newspaper from 1943 Document
      Audrey St. Raymond and Albert Vitter wedding announcement from, 27 Jun 1943.


    2. [S307] Family Database of Vitter-Weaver Family, Jeffrey & Sharon Vitter, (Name: Self; Location: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Date: Since 1996;), A. L. & Audrey Vitter: Role Models Extraordinaires.
      Jeff Vitter's parents A. L. Jr. & Audrey (née St. Raymond) Vitter (grandparent names Père and Mimi) led accomplished lives of extraordinary service and caring for others — a legacy for generations to follow (including many Domers and a killer cookbook!).
      https://vitter.org/familytree/histories/ALandAudreyVitter.php