Audrey Malvina St. Raymond

Audrey Malvina St. Raymond

Female 1920 - 2005  (84 years)
Person ID: I16565 


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  • Name Audrey Malvina St. Raymond  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16
    2005-10-08 -- Audrey S. Vitter Obituary Document
    2005-10-08 -- Audrey S. Vitter Obituary Document
    Name Mimi 
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    • Obituary
      Audrey St. Raymond Vitter, devoted mother of six, grandmother of 15, great-grandmother of one, and tireless worker for Catholic projects and causes in New Orleans, died on October 8, 2005 in Atlanta, Georgia of congestive heart failure. Mrs. Vitter was in Atlanta as a result of Hurricane Katrina.

      Mrs. Vitter was born on December 20, 1920 in New Orleans, the eldest of five children. She attended St. Joseph Academy Elementary and High School. She graduated as valedictorian of her senior class and received a scholarship to Ursuline College. After graduating from college in mathematics, Mrs. Vitter earned a Master's degree in social work from Tulane University.

      On June 19, 1943, Mrs. Vitter married fellow New Orleans native Albert L. Vitter, Jr.; they celebrated 60 years of marriage shortly before his passing two years ago. They lived in Cambridge, Massachusetts during World War II and in New Orleans for the remainder of their lives.

      Mrs. Vitter's life was one of extraordinary service and caring for others. She dedicated every day of her life to her husband, her family, her church, and her community. Mrs. Vitter was active in St. Rita of Cascia Parish as president of the Sodality, chairperson for over 25 years of the annual plant sale, and founder of the Samaritan Ministry to the Infirmed and Elderly. She was a leader from 1983 to 1986 of the Parish Renew Program, and in 1999 she co-chaired the committee to write the history of St. Rita Parish. Mrs. Vitter was also an active member of the Senior Adult Group and the Ladies Altar Society. She was a lifetime supporter of the Ursuline Nuns and many other religious and charitable organizations. For her outstanding dedication to the Catholic Church, the Archdiocese of New Orleans awarded her the Order of St. Louis IX Medallion.

      Mrs. Vitter is survived by six children and their spouses, Dr. Albert L. Vitter III and spouse Alison Voros Vitter of New Orleans; Ms. Martha L. Jackoniski and spouse James J. Jackoniski of Atlanta, Georgia; Ms. Donna L. Vitter of Paris, France; Dr. J. Mark Vitter, M.D. and spouse Mary Wilkie Vitter of New Orleans; Dr. Jeffrey S. Vitter and spouse Sharon Weaver Vitter of West Lafayette, Indiana; and U.S. Senator David B. Vitter and spouse Wendy Baldwin Vitter of Metairie, Louisiana; one sister Marie St. Raymond Zimmermann of New Orleans (later deceased April 9, 2006); 15 grandchildren; and one great grandson. Mrs. Vitter was preceded in death by her husband Mr. Albert L. Vitter, Jr. and her brothers Dr. Albert H. St. Raymond, Jr., M.D.; Mr. John B. St. Raymond; and Dr. Bernard St. Raymond, M.D.

      A funeral mass was held for Mrs. Vitter on Saturday, October 15, 2005 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Atlanta, Georgia, with arrangements by H. M. Patterson & Son. Msgr. Edward J. Dillon and the Very Reverend James Tarantino of New Orleans concelebrated the mass.
      At 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 3, 2006, a memorial service was held for Mrs. Vitter at St. Rita of Cascia Catholic Church in uptown New Orleans. Immediately prior to the service, she was placed into the family tomb at Lake Lawn Cemetery. Memorial tributes to Mrs. Vitter may be posted by clicking here . In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that contributions in her name be made to St. Rita of Cascia Catholic Church, 2729 Lowerline Street, New Orleans, LA 70125-3530, (504) 866-3621.
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      Go to the Genealogy subpage at vitter.org/Genealogy to see a slideshow on Audrey Vitter's life.

      Audrey (pronounced Oh-DRAY in the French manner, also known to her grandchildren as Mimi) was recognized by all she comes in contact with for her good heart and kindness. She received several awards for her volunteer work, including the Order of St. Louis Medallion, the highest award conferred by the Archdiocese of New Orleans on lay people. Audrey was always full of expression when speaking or reading. Her recreations of conversations are treasures, especially with her colorful voice impersonations, even if they all tended to sound alike. Her Thursday night family dinners are legendary and have inspired the wonderful cookbook put together by Wendy Baldwin Vitter for Audrey's birthday in 1998.

      Audrey grew up with her family in New Orleans on Broad Street speaking French. In fact, she couldn't speak English when she started kindergarten, but quickly learned. (Even four and a half decades later, when visiting Donna in France, she could still understand French when spoken.) They lived next to her grandparents on N. Broad Street in a house her grandfather built. Mimi can remember her great grandmother Rose Ricaud Péré (who was getting a little senile in her old age) sometimes chasing the kids around with a broom. In 1938 the family moved to 3539 Napoleon Avenue, cattycorner to her future husband A.L. Vitter Jr.

      She was valedictorian of her class at Ursuline College. Audrey was well-traveled while growing up, traveling to France, New York, and the Western U.S. with her mother and siblings. There are several pictures in the albums. Her oldest son Al III, a diehard New York Yankee baseball fan, would always kid her that she never took him to go see a Yankees game as promised. But the family did travel a lot, including the New York Worlds Fair in 1964. (I guess the Yankees were out of town that week.)

      Audrey and her husband A. L. Vitter, Jr. (Père) lived in Cambridge during WWII while A. L. worked at the MIT Radiation Lab. In fact, Al III was born at Boston General Hospital. Audrey was not fond of cold weather, often wearing an overcoat at the hint of a cold front. How she walked across the Charles River bridge each day from Cambridge to Boston is something no one could ever understand. We have a neat picture online of Mimi and Père holding infant Al III while sitting on the steps of Bexley Hall on Mass Ave. at MIT in Cambridge, MA. The same pose was recreated 19 years later when Al III was in college at Notre Dame.

      Audrey learned to cook (and extremely well at that) from the family maid Rachel. Rachel later came to work for Audrey and A.L., mainly on Saturdays in the 1950s and 1960s. Marie Richard also worked steadily as maid for Audrey in the 1960s; her husband was a cook at Commander's Palace and was fatally shot one day while outside.

      Audrey was known for having "the girls" over for teas and meetings for their various volunteer activities. Friends included George and Honey Lacour, Angela Kelly (mother of David's friend Claude), her sister Dede, Betty Gettlefinger, and Mary Frances Krone. Honey was well-known for her exagerated facial expressions during stories, which were a perfect complement to Audrey's impersonations.

      Audrey lived independently by herself after A.L.'s death. She was evacuated to Atlanta as a result of Hurricane Katrina on August 28, 2005. Her 4100 Vincennes Place home in New Orleans sustained four feet of flood water as a result of the levee breaks. Her health went downhill while in Atlanta, and she died of congestive heart failure six weeks later.
    Born 20 Dec 1920  New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 11, 12
    Gender Female 
    Died 8 Oct 2005  Atlanta, De Kalb, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [8, 11, 12
    • Congestive heart failure
    2005-10-08 -- Audrey S. Vitter Obituary Document
    2005-10-08 -- Audrey S. Vitter Obituary Document
    Buried 3 Jun 2006  Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home & Cemeteries, New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [8, 11, 12
    • section 5, Artigues-Vitter tomb,
    Siblings
     1. Dr. Albert Henry St. Raymond, Jr. (ID:I1215),   b. 22 May 1922, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Jan 2000, Birmingham, Jefferson, Alabama, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)
     2. Marie Louise St. Raymond (ID:I1213),   b. 22 Jun 1923, New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Apr 2006  (Age 82 years)
     3. John Pierre St. Raymond (ID:I1214),   b. 4 Oct 1924, New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Jun 2005, Metairie, Jefferson, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)
     4. Dr. Bernard Henry St. Raymond (ID:I1216),   b. 5 Jan 1928, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Oct 1981, Falls Church, Independent Cities, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 53 years)

    Parents

    Family ID: F6 Group Sheet  |  Family Chart  
    Father Albert Henry St. Raymond (ID:I1208),   b. 3 Nov 1879, New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Apr 1962, New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years) 
    Mother Marthe Marie Henriette Ferran (ID:I1212),   b. 6 Jul 1894, New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Jan 1974, New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Married 19 Jun 1918 
    Reference Number 5906 

    Family

    Family ID: F5296  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart
    Husband 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) 
    Married 19 Jun 1943  St. Matthias Catholic Church, New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [11, 28
    Mimi & Pere's Wedding
    Mimi & Pere's Wedding
    Mimi & Pere's Wedding Day
    Reference Number 1474 
    Children 
      1. Dr. Albert Leopold Vitter, III (ID:I8)
      2. Martha Louise Vitter (ID:I9)
      3. Donna Vitter (ID:I10)
      4. John Mark Vitter, MD (ID:I11)
      5. Dr. Jeffrey Scott Vitter (ID:I1785),   b. 13 Nov 1955, New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
      6. U. S. Senator David Bruce Vitter (ID:I12)

    Other Personal Events

    Residence Between 1920 and 1938  926 N. Broad Street, one-half of a double built by Jean Ferran next to his house at 930 N. Broad Street, New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 17
    Marital Status: Single; Relation to Head: Daughter 
    Departure Aug 1934  Le Havre, Manche, Basse-Normandie, France Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 11
    return on the ship Ile de France to New York City from 1934 family trip to France 
    Arrival 4 Sep 1934  Manhattan, New York, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 11
    return on the ship Ile de France from 1934 family trip to France 
    Education 1936 
    St. Joseph's High School 
    Arrival 1938  [7
    Residence Between 1938 and 1943  3539 Napoleon Avenue, New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 17
    2005-10-08 -- Audrey S. Vitter Obituary Document
    St. Raymond and Vitter families in side yard of 3539 Napoleon Avenue
    Weekly dinner, 3539 Napoleon Avenue
    Education 1940  [11
    B.A., Ursuline College 
    Audrey St. Raymond Awarded Plaque For Scholorship, 29 May 1940 Document
    Audrey Vitter, journalist, with movie star Allan Jones
    Residence 1941  New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Education 1942  [11, 18
    Master's of Social Work, Tulane University 
    Arrival Between 23 Aug and 3 Sep 1947  New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [19
    Caribbean cruise on the ship Antigua 
    Award New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    For her outstanding dedication to the Catholic Church, the Archdiocese of New Orleans awarded Audrey St. Raymond Vitter the Order of St. Louis IX Medallion 
    Description Brown hair, brown eyes  [11
    Event Between Jul and Sep 1934  Salies-du-Salat, Haute-Garonne, Midi-Pyrénées, France Find all individuals with events at this location  [11, 17
    Trip with Mimi (Léocadie Péré Ferran), Mémère (Marthe Ferran St. Raymond), Tawo (Rose Ferran), and Mémère\'s five children Audrey, Albert, Dede, Buddie, and Buster to France. They sailed from N.Y. on the ship Champlain (French Line) after spending a few days in New York City, where Uncle John Ferran showed them special sights (Broadway, Statue of Liberty, Fifth Avenue, Bronx Zoo, etc.). They landed in Le Havre and went to the southwest of France where Mimi\'s home had been. The trip was probably to settle financial and succession matters following the June 1933 death of Mimi\'s mother Rose Ricaud Péré. They also visite Lourdes and Paris. In Paris, one of the kids\' favorite spots was an eatery called Pam Pam that served American food such as hot dogs, hamburgers, etc. They returned on the ship Ile de France. (Note: Mimi here refers to Léocadie Péré Ferran; Audrey St. Raymond would marry A. L. Vitter Jr. and several decades later be known as Mimi to her grandchildren.) 
    Mimi and siblings at the shrine at Lourdes, France
    Empire State Bldg 1934
    Residence 1945  3600 Napoleon Avenue (newly constructed house) 70125, New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [20
    Residence Between 1946 and 1957  4120 General Pershing Street 70125, near Broad Street, Broadmoor, New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [19, 21
    Residence Between 1957 and 2005  4100 Vincennes Place 70125, New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    Times Picayune article about Rex and Queenie 1976 April 04 Document
    Times-Picayune Rex kidnapping, March 23, 1987 Document
    Audrey St Raymond with sailor Jeff
    Jeff's Robot Commando Christmas present (his all-time favorite)
    1983 Christmas 4100 Vincennes
    Weekly dinner, 3539 Napoleon Avenue
    Rex with Pere, Mimi, Jason, & Joli
    Hurricane Katrina aftermath: 4100 Vincennes Place
    Hurricane Katrina aftermath: 4100 Vincennes Place
    Hurricane Katrina aftermath: 4100 Vincennes Place
    Hurricane Katrina aftermath: 4100 Vincennes Place
    Hurricane Katrina aftermath: 4100 Vincennes Place
    Hurricane Katrina aftermath: 4100 Vincennes Place
    Hurricane Katrina aftermath: 4100 Vincennes Place
    Hurricane Katrina aftermath: 4100 Vincennes Place
    Rex and Queenie 1976
    Rex kidnapped in Metairie
    Queenie With Katrina Watermark
    Event May 1981  Europe: England and France Find all individuals with events at this location  [10, 14, 22, 23, 24
    trip by A.L. & Audrey St. Raymond Vitter Jr. to visit Al Vitter III on sabbatical in England and Donna Vitter in France 
    Uncle John Ferran Notes 1981 Document
    Uncle John Ferran Notes 1981 Document
    Written as a guide for Audrey and A.L. Vitter Jr. for their 1981 trip to where Audrey's ancestors lived in France
    Event 21 Mar 1987  4801 Avron Boulevard, Metairie, Jefferson, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [25, 26, 27
    Rex was kidnapped by college students during the night of March 20–21 and left on the Metairie lawn of the Staub family 
    Event 3 Jun 2006  New Orleans Country Club, New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    Reburial of Audrey St. Raymond Vitter and other family reunion events that weekend, including the engagement reception for Jill Zimmermann and Chris Rider, held at the New Orleans Country Club 
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    Religion Mimi was a noted volunteer and leader at St. Rita Catholic Church, New Orleans, LA  [11
  • Event Map

    Link to Google MapsResidence - Between 1920 and 1938 - 926 N. Broad Street, one-half of a double built by Jean Ferran next to his house at 930 N. Broad Street, New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 20 Dec 1920 - New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDeparture - Aug 1934 - Le Havre, Manche, Basse-Normandie, France Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsArrival - 4 Sep 1934 - Manhattan, New York, New York, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Between 1938 and 1943 - 3539 Napoleon Avenue, New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1941 - New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 19 Jun 1943 - St. Matthias Catholic Church, New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1945 - 3600 Napoleon Avenue (newly constructed house) 70125, New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Between 1946 and 1957 - 4120 General Pershing Street 70125, near Broad Street, Broadmoor, New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Between 1957 and 2005 - 4100 Vincennes Place 70125, New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsEvent - May 1981 - Europe: England and France Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsEvent - 21 Mar 1987 - 4801 Avron Boulevard, Metairie, Jefferson, Louisiana, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 8 Oct 2005 - Atlanta, De Kalb, Georgia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 3 Jun 2006 - Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home & Cemeteries, New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsArrival - Between 23 Aug and 3 Sep 1947 - New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsAward - - New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsEvent - Between Jul and Sep 1934 - Salies-du-Salat, Haute-Garonne, Midi-Pyrénées, France Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsEvent - 3 Jun 2006 - New Orleans Country Club, New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Audrey St Raymond with sailor Jeff
    Jeff's Robot Commando Christmas present (his all-time favorite)
    1983 Christmas 4100 Vincennes
    St. Raymond and Vitter families in side yard of 3539 Napoleon Avenue
    Weekly dinner, 3539 Napoleon Avenue
    Mimi and siblings at the shrine at Lourdes, France
    Empire State Bldg 1934
    Passport photo for trip to France
    Audrey Vitter, journalist, with movie star Allan Jones
    Mimi
    Audrey 'Mimi' St. Raymond Vitter
    Rex with Pere, Mimi, Jason, & Joli
    Mimi & Pere 0n Antigua Cruise, 1947
    Mimi & Pere's 40 Anniversary reception at the N.O. Country Club
    Jeff & Sharon'a Wedding Christmas photo
    Pere receiving St. Louis Medal
    Mimi & Pere swimming before Pere dunks Mimi
    Mimi & Pere's Wedding
    Jeff & Sharon's Wedding
    Mimi taming Rex at 3600 Napoleon
    Mimi and Pere in Cuba, 1947
    Pere at M.I.T. Radiation Lab
    Mimi & Pere at the Ferran Farm in Uzan
    NY World's Fair with Tawo
    SF Seal Rock on a windy day with Mimi, Pere, Sharon, & Jillian, 1986
    Jeff's ND graduation, 1977
    Mimi & Pere at Sea Island, Georgia
    Mimi, Pere, Mere, & Baba on the front porch at 3600 Napoleon
    Mimi receiving the St. Louis Medal from Archbishop Philip Hannan
    Mimi with 'the girls' at Ursuline Reunion
    Hurricane Katrina aftermath: 4100 Vincennes Place
    Hurricane Katrina aftermath: 4100 Vincennes Place
    Hurricane Katrina aftermath: 4100 Vincennes Place
    Hurricane Katrina aftermath: 4100 Vincennes Place
    Hurricane Katrina aftermath: 4100 Vincennes Place
    Hurricane Katrina aftermath: 4100 Vincennes Place
    Hurricane Katrina aftermath: 4100 Vincennes Place
    Hurricane Katrina aftermath: 4100 Vincennes Place
    Audrey Melvina St Raymond at 1 year old
    Mimi & Pere's Wedding
    Mimi & Pere's Wedding Day
    1940-05-30 Graduation Audrey St Raymond
    Rex and Queenie 1976
    Rex kidnapped in Metairie
    Queenie With Katrina Watermark
    Uzan Monument
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    2005-10-08 -- Audrey S. Vitter Obituary Document
    2005-10-08 -- Audrey S. Vitter Obituary Document
    Audrey St. Raymond Awarded Plaque For Scholorship, 29 May 1940 Document
    Audrey St. Raymond Awarded Plaque For Scholorship, 29 May 1940 Document
    Audrey St. Raymond awarded plaque for scholorship, 29 May 1940
    Audrey Malvina St. Raymond Yearbook_full_record_image-2 Document
    Audrey Malvina St. Raymond Yearbook_full_record_image-2 Document
    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.
    1942 WWII Draft Registration Card, Albert Leopold Vitter Document
    1942 WWII Draft Registration Card, Albert Leopold Vitter Document
    1942 WWII Draft Registration Card, Albert Leopold Vitter
    Ursuline Queen Document
    Ursuline Queen Document
    Times Picayune article about Rex and Queenie 1976 April 04 Document
    Times Picayune article about Rex and Queenie 1976 April 04 Document
    Times-Picayune Rex kidnapping, March 23, 1987 Document
    Times-Picayune Rex kidnapping, March 23, 1987 Document
    Times-Picayune Rex Reward Notice, March 22, 1987 Document
    Times-Picayune Rex Reward Notice, March 22, 1987 Document
    Uncle John Ferran Notes 1981 Document
    Uncle John Ferran Notes 1981 Document
    Written as a guide for Audrey and A.L. Vitter Jr. for their 1981 trip to where Audrey's ancestors lived in France
    Headstones
    Artigues Vitter tomb Headstone
    Artigues Vitter tomb Headstone
    Ferreol Artigues-Berthe Vitter tomb Headstone
    Ferreol Artigues-Berthe Vitter tomb Headstone
    Albert L. Vitter (1915-2003,) Audrey St Raymond Vitter (1920-2005.) Burial: Metairie Cemetery, New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, USA. Plot: Section 5 - Artigues - Vitter tomb.
    Metairie Cemetery, New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, USA Headstone
    Metairie Cemetery, New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, USA Headstone
    Metairie Cemetery, New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, USA
    Histories
    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, including new information about Jeff's mom's side of the family in southwest France around Uzan (pronounced "u-ZHANG" in the local patois) and Anères. 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.
    Relativity Research
    Relativity Research
    The underlying theme of our website is research on relativity — our relatives pulsate outward in our time-space continuum in a series of gravitational waves spanning many generations and relationships! This page gives an overview of several family histories, beginning with Jeff Vitter's Aha! moment, which ultimately led to creation of this website.
    The <em>Aha!</em> Moment That Led to This Website
    The Aha! Moment That Led to This Website
    When Jeff Vitter was growing up in New Orleans, his parents A. L. Vitter Jr. and Audrey (née St. Raymond) Vitter would always tell the family about their trips to France as young children to meet relatives, but they didn't know many particulars beyond their grandparents, especially on my dad's paternal side. Jeff's Aha! moment came when he combined technologies — new and old — to discover how, when, and where the Vitters came to the USA from Europe.
    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.
    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!).
    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 dinner each Thursday night at the New Orleans home of Mimi & Père.

    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, and Pépère would often make his patented goulash with all the dishes on the table mixed together. We hope you enjoy the recipes and reminiscences as well!
    Genealogy Charts
    Ancestors of Jeffrey S. Vitter
    Ancestors of Jeffrey S. Vitter
    Jeff Vitter is co-host of this website vitter.org, and this chart traces his ancestors, generation by generation.

  • Source Citations

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      New Orleans, Passenger Lists, 1813-1963 Document
      New Orleans, Passenger Lists, 1813-1963 Document
      The National Archives at Washington, D.C.; Washington, D.C.; Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at New Orleans, Louisiana; NAI Number: 2848643; Record Group Title: Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, 1787-2004; Record Group Number: 85


    2. [S1240] 1930 United States Federal Census, Year: 1930; Census Place: New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana; Page: 12A; Enumeration District: 0072; FHL microfilm: 2340538.
      1930 United States Federal Census
      1930 United States Federal Census
      Year: 1930; Census Place: New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana; Page: 12A; Enumeration District: 0072; FHL microfilm: 2340538


    3. [S649] U.S., School Yearbooks, 1900-current, Ancestry.com, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.;), "U.S., School Yearbooks, 1880-2012"; School Name: Tulane University; Year: 1941.

    4. [S427] New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957, Ancestry.com, (Name: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2006.Original data - Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at New York, New York, 1820-1897; (National Archives Microfilm Publication M237, 675 rolls); Records of the U.S. Customs Service, R;), Year: 1934; Arrival: New York, New York; Microfilm Serial: T715, 1897-1957; Microfilm Roll: Roll 5541; Line: 23; Page Number: 44.
      New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957 Document
      New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957 Document
      Year: 1934; Arrival: New York, New York; Microfilm Serial: T715, 1897-1957; Microfilm Roll: Roll 5541; Line: 23; Page Number: 44


    5. [S1151] 1940 United States Federal Census, Year: 1940; Census Place: New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana; Roll: m-t0627-01431; Page: 61B and 62A; Enumeration District: 36-347.
      1940 United States Federal Census, page 61B
      1940 United States Federal Census, page 61B
      Year: 1940; Census Place: New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana; Roll: m-t0627-01431; Page: 61B; Enumeration District: 36-347
      1940 United States Federal Census, page 62A
      1940 United States Federal Census, page 62A
      Year: 1940; Census Place: New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana; Roll: m-t0627-01431; Page: 62A; Enumeration District: 36-347


    6. [S1022] U.S., City Directories, 1822-1995, Ancestry.com, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2011;).
      At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.


    7. [S951] U.S., Index to Alien Arrivals at Canadian Atlantic and Pacific Seaports, 1904-1944, Ancestry.com, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2015;), The National Archives at Washington, D.C.; Washington, D.C.; Series Title: Index to Alien Arrivals at Canadian Atlantic and Pacific Seaports; NAI Number: 3000080; Record Group Title: Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, 1787-2004; Record.
      U.S., Index to Alien Arrivals at Canadian Atlantic and Pacific Seaports, 1904-1944 Document
      U.S., Index to Alien Arrivals at Canadian Atlantic and Pacific Seaports, 1904-1944 Document
      The National Archives at Washington, D.C.; Washington, D.C.; Series Title: Index to Alien Arrivals at Canadian Atlantic and Pacific Seaports; NAI Number: 3000080; Record Group Title: Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, 1787-2004; Record


    8. [S1251] Find A Grave, Audrey Malvina St. Raymond Vitter.
      Artigues Vitter tomb Headstone
      Artigues Vitter tomb Headstone
      Ferreol Artigues-Berthe Vitter tomb Headstone
      Ferreol Artigues-Berthe Vitter tomb Headstone
      Albert L. Vitter (1915-2003,) Audrey St Raymond Vitter (1920-2005.) Burial: Metairie Cemetery, New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, USA. Plot: Section 5 - Artigues - Vitter tomb.


    9. [S1252] A tous les Vitter du monde, Jean-Pierre Vitter, (Name: Self; Location: France; Date: October 2002;), Jeff Vitter and the Vitter line in America, pages 3, 13, 16–19.
      This manuscript is a comprehensive and very entertaining account of the Vitter generations written by Jean-Pierre Vitter (Jeff Vitter's 4th cousin, 1x removed) in October 2002. It's easily translated, e.g., using Google Translate. The story starts with Jeff's 4th great grandfather Hérard Vitter, who moved from "l'Autriche Antérieure" to the town of Clerval in the Doubs region of France in the 1700s. Hérard's father in the old country was Mathieu Vitter, and his son Pierre is the one who emigrated from France to New Orleans in 1843. The big mystery that remained was exactly where Hérard Vitter came from originally. (See JPV's follow-on work, Le sang qui coule dans nos veines, for answers.)
      https://vitter.org/Genealogy/Documents/JeanPierreVitterBook.pdf

    10. [S307] Family Database of Vitter-Weaver Family, Jeffrey & Sharon Vitter, (Name: Self; Location: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Date: Since 1996;), The Aha! Moment That Led to This Website.
      When Jeff Vitter was growing up in New Orleans, his parents A. L. Vitter Jr. and Audrey (née St. Raymond) Vitter would always tell the family about their trips to France as young children to meet relatives, but they didn't know many particulars beyond their grandparents, especially on my dad's paternal side. Jeff's Aha! moment came when he combined technologies — new and old — to discover how, when, and where the Vitters came to the USA from Europe.
      https://vitter.org/familytree/histories/relativityresearch.php

    11. [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

    12. [S307] Family Database of Vitter-Weaver Family, Jeffrey & Sharon Vitter, (Name: Self; Location: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Date: Since 1996;), 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.
      https://vitter.org/familytree/histories/vitterreunion2006.php

    13. [S307] Family Database of Vitter-Weaver Family, Jeffrey & Sharon Vitter, (Name: Self; Location: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Date: Since 1996;), Après le Aha! moment (et avant aussi!).
      As highlighted in "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.
      https://www.vitter.org/familytree/histories/jeffemail2001.php

    14. [S307] Family Database of Vitter-Weaver Family, Jeffrey & Sharon Vitter, (Name: Self; Location: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Date: Since 1996;), Relativity Research.
      The underlying theme of our website is research on relativity — our relatives pulsate outward in our time-space continuum in a series of gravitational waves spanning many generations and relationships! This page gives an overview of several family histories, beginning with Jeff Vitter's Aha! moment, which ultimately led to creation of this website.
      https://vitter.org/familytree/histories/relativityresearch.php

    15. [S307] Family Database of Vitter-Weaver Family, Jeffrey & Sharon Vitter, (Name: Self; Location: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Date: Since 1996;), 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.
      https://vitter.org/familytree/histories/UzanWWI.php

    16. [S307] Family Database of Vitter-Weaver Family, Jeffrey & Sharon Vitter, (Name: Self; Location: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Date: Since 1996;), 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.
      https://vitter.org/familytree/histories/holidaycards.php

    17. [S958] Notes of Audrey St. Raymond Vitter, written to Jeff Vitter, 28 Aug 2000.
      At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.


    18. [S649] U.S., School Yearbooks, 1900-current, Ancestry.com, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.;), Tulane University, Audrey Malvina St. Raymond.
      Audrey Malvina St. Raymond Yearbook_full_record_image-2 Document
      Audrey Malvina St. Raymond Yearbook_full_record_image-2 Document


    19. [S466] Passenger Lists, The National Archives at Washington, D.C.; Washington, D.C.; Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at New Orleans, Louisiana; NAI Number: 2848643; Record Group Title: Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, 1787-2004; Record Group Number: 85.
      New Orleans, Passenger Lists, 1813-1963 Document
      New Orleans, Passenger Lists, 1813-1963 Document
      The National Archives at Washington, D.C.; Washington, D.C.; Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at New Orleans, Louisiana; NAI Number: 2848643; Record Group Title: Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, 1787-2004; Record Group Number: 85


    20. [S1022] U.S., City Directories, 1822-1995, Ancestry.com, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2011;), 1945.

    21. [S1022] U.S., City Directories, 1822-1995, Ancestry.com, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2011;), 1956.
      At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.


    22. [S958] Notes of Audrey St. Raymond Vitter, Monday–Tuesday, 18–19 May 1981, notes of trip to Southwest France by A.L. Vitter Jr. & Audrey St. Raymond Vitter.
      The Larneilh house was sold by Jean Ferran (represented by Jean Péré) and Marie Ferran (presumably Jean's sister not his wife) on 2 April, 1905 to Pierre Marquehosse, including 4 hectares of land for 8,290 francs. The total sale including additional land was for 22,500 francs. The owner during the visits to the farm by A.L & Audrey St. Raymond Vitter Jr. in 1981 and Jeff & Sharon Weaver Vitter and Donna Vitter in 1986 was Pierre's son Amédé Marquehosse, who had three sons and three daughters and who lived at 64370 Arthez de Béarn, Uzan, France.

      The notes also give a high-level description of various birth and marriage certificates copied from the Anères archives.
      At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.


    23. [S959] Notes of A. L. Vitter Jr, Tuesday 26 May 1981.
      At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.


    24. [S125] Notes of John Ferran, John Ferran, (Name: Self; Location: New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, USA;), Written May 1, 1981 on a notecard as background for Mimi for her trip to Anères and elsewhere in France and Europe in May 1981.

    25. [S285] The Times Picayune / The New Orleans Advocate, (Name: Advance Publications; Location: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Date: Since 1837;), Little Lost Dog Statue is Collared in Metarie, Times-Picayune, March 23, 1987.
      Times-Picayune Rex kidnapping, March 23, 1987 Document
      Times-Picayune Rex kidnapping, March 23, 1987 Document


    26. [S285] The Times Picayune / The New Orleans Advocate, (Name: Advance Publications; Location: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Date: Since 1837;), Family Offers Reward for Return of Yard Dog, Times-Picayune, March 22, 1987.
      Times-Picayune Rex Reward Notice, March 22, 1987 Document
      Times-Picayune Rex Reward Notice, March 22, 1987 Document


    27. [S307] Family Database of Vitter-Weaver Family, Jeffrey & Sharon Vitter, (Name: Self; Location: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Date: Since 1996;), Our Loyal Guardians Rex & Queenie.
      Rex and Queenie have stood guard over Vitter-Artigues homes in New Orleans since about 1910 and have a fascinating (and still mysterious) genealogy of their own.
      https://vitter.org/familytree/histories/RexandQueenie.php

    28. [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.