Martha Louise Vitter

Person ID: I9 


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  • Gender Female 
    Notes 
    • Tootie and Donna both went to Ursuline starting late grade school and continuing through high school. Tootie and Jim met while they went to Loyola, where Jim was a starting forward on the basketball team. When Jim entered the marines after they were married, Tootie worked as a high school mathematics teacher at Fortier H.S. Jason was born in New Orleans while Jim was in training. She has had various jobs in the Atlanta area dealing with merchandising. Tootie J. is the noted designer in the family and is often in demand for consulting about decorating. She did marbelizing for David in his house on East Oakridge, and she helped pick out fabrics for Jeff and Sharon in 1996.

      She is also a May Kugler (naive painter) buff. On one occasion, she and Mimi and Jeff visited May Kugler's house in Norco, LA (just west of the N.O. Airport) to pick up a painting that was commissioned as a gift for David. It was supposed to depict an election. The painting was of a voting booth in a school gymnasium. Someone in the painting was filling out a ballot, and if you looked really hard with a powerful magnifying glass you could see the name "David Vitter" on the ballot. The Vitter group gathered the strength later that evening to call up May and tell her that the painting was not exactly what they had in mind. The next day, May said she had had a vision during the night and she zipped off a new painting, which was actually really nice. It consisted of a colorful parade with election banners, and May wrote a story on the back about the characters in her painting (which included some of the family).

      Tootie traveled with Mimi and Père to Europe in August 1984 and again in October 1998 to visit Donna and Jeff & Sharon. Favorite spots for trips with her family include Destin and Kiawah Island.
    Siblings
     1. Dr. Albert Leopold Vitter, III (ID:I8)
     2. Donna Vitter (ID:I10)
     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

    Family ID: F8 Group Sheet  |  Family Chart 21 Feb 2021   
    Husband James Joseph Jackoniski (ID:I1179) 
    Children 
      1. Jason Matthew Jackoniski (ID:I1180)
      2. Joli Audrey Jackoniski (ID:I1181)
  • 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!).
    Alcée Fortier and the Creole Culture of New Orleans
    Alcée Fortier and the Creole Culture of New Orleans
    One of New Orleans's outstanding educators (and well-known names) was a Baldwin family relative and a leading advocate for the many languages and cultures that formed the city's renowned melting pot.
    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.
    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