Photos from Vitter Family Events, June 2006

Audrey (née St. Raymond) Vitter — known to her family as "Mimi" once her grandkids started arriving — passed away in Atlanta on October 8, 2005. Her health had been declining since her husband A. L. "Père" Vitter Jr. died two years earlier. With the help of daughter Martha (Tootie), she evacuated from her home in New Orleans to Atlanta just before Hurricane Katrina flooded New Orleans in late August 2005. She passed away six weeks later.

It wasn't possible to bury her in New Orleans at that time because of the damage sustained from Katrina. The family had a funeral service for her in Atlanta on Saturday, October 15, 2005. In the following June, her body was brought back home to New Orleans for final burial next to A. L. And it was another occasion for the family to get together and celebrate her life.


Mimi's Memorial Service and Reception, June 3, 2006

Family at Lake Lawn Cemetery for Audrey (née St. Raymond) "Mimi" Vitter's homecoming to New Orleans:

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The six children of Mimi in front of the Artigues-Vitter crypt (left-to-right: Tootie, David, Jeff, Donna, Al III, Mark):

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Kelly Conatser (Harvard roommate of David), wife Leslie Blake, and Jeff Vitter at the reception for Mimi:

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Family friends Oliver Delery and his aunt Angela Kelly:

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Family and friends of Mimi watch the slide show of her life. The slide show featured pictures of Mimi with family and friends throughout her lifetime:

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Wendy, Jane Kelly, Sharon, and Allison Talley catching up at the reception:

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Jack amuses his cousins at the reception with stories:

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Table decorations at the reception, courtesy of Tootie and Devon:

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Candid of Mark, Al III, Donna, Armand St. Raymond, and Tootie at the reception:

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So many of Mimi's family and friends made it to either the memorial service or the reception. Thank you for sharing your memories of Mimi with the family!

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June 2006 Vitter Family Reunion

Audrey Vitter and 1st cousin 1x removed Ryan Martic play dress up in some of A. L. "Pere" Vitter Jr.'s baby clothes while at David and Wendy Vitter's house:

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Wendy and son Jack Vitter play:

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Walking to get Sal's snowballs on Metairie Road on a hot June day. Cousins Lise, Airey, and Jack with friend Lauren:

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Enjoying snowballs at Williams' at Plum and Burdette Streets in Uptown New Orleans. From left to right: Sharon, Audrey, Jack, Wendy, Lise, Airey, David, Jeff, and Sophie Vitter:

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Sharon and daughter Audrey enjoy Williams' snowballs (almond cream/ice coffee and chocolate/frozen mint, of course). By coincidence, they're using Sno-Bliz cups from Hansen's!

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Jack and mom Wendy at Williams':

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Spontaneous family gathering at Al III and Alison's for coffee and dessert:

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Jill Zimmermann and Chris Rider's Engagement Reception, June 2, 2006

Tootie and Devon Jackoniski beautifully decorated the tables at the New Orleans Country Club with pink roses in vases, rose petals, hearts, and candles. All was ready for the guests to arrive!

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The Country Club prepared a smorgasbord of finger foods to try:

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Sharon and Jeff Vitter toast Jill and Chris on their engagement!

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Sandy (née Wolff) Zimmermann (mother of the bride), Sharon, Alison, and Meg Vitter catch up over wine:

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Audrey, Sophie, David, Tootie, Mark, and Jeff take a break from eating to pose for the photo. (Country Club gumbo was on the menu for the night.)

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Al Vitter III and Jean St. Raymond at the reception, with Chris Rider in the background:

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David Vitter toasts Jill and Chris on their engagement. Congratulations!

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Peyton Vitter clowns around. Gene Zimmermann is in background next to David:

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A candid shot of Reed and Joli Martic with Tootie and the bride-to-be Jill:

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Lisette and Nick Vitter entertained while Peyton, Mary, and Devon listen:

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Cousins Karl Zimmermann (father of the bride and aka Cowboy Bob) and Jeff Vitter catch up on old times:

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Family and Friends of the bride and groom: Best man Ryan, Chris's mother Cindy Rider, groom Chris Rider, Jill's brother Kollin Zimmermann, and Jill's stepgrandmother Bernie Wolff:

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Clockwise from far left: Mary, Wendy, Devon, Jason, Jim, Cameron, Peyton, Lisette, and Nick:

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Jill (standing) with maid of honor Samantha and her parents:

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Jeff enjoying some of NOCC's great gumbo at the reception:

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Candid of Sophie and Audrey Vitter talking at the reception:

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Aerial view of the reception. There was a great turn out and it was fun to see so much of the extended family all together!

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We wish Jill and Chris much happiness!