September 5, 1934 – February 15, 2022
Madeline Jeansonne, nicknamed “grandmother” by her beloved family, died on February 15, after a courageous five-year journey with Alzheimer’s disease. She crossed the threshold of heaven peacefully, surrounded by her family, and was welcomed at the door by Saint Peter, who had already reserved a special seat for her. Shortly after arriving, she joined her late husband, Carl, and they immediately began planning their next trip together.
Madeline was born in Cottonport, Louisiana on September 5, 1934, and grew up in the small town in rural Louisiana with her twin brother Mike. As life sometimes happens, she and her brother were raised by their grandmother, whom she called mom. She had a full and fun life like most country girls of that era. She excelled in high school, at the trade school in the parish of Avoyelles, was the queen of reunions and quickly caught the attention of a lanky boy who lived across from her in the bayou.
After a long courtship, they were married in July 1954. They moved to New Orleans where Madeline worked as a secretary for GMAC while Carl Sr. attended Loyola School of Pharmacy. After graduation, they moved to Baton Rouge where Carl Sr. worked as a pharmacist for several years until he accepted a position in the summer of 1964 with Eli Lilly Pharmaceuticals based in Alexandria, Louisiana, where they moved on and continued to raise their family. . Madeline and Carl raised their five children in a warm, loving, and very old-fashioned home, in the way some people nowadays call “tough love.”
All of her children are so grateful to this day that they made it. Nothing meant more to her than her family.
She was a devoted wife, mother and homemaker and worked behind the scenes many times to help those who were down on their luck and needed help. Madeline and Carl established a large circle of friends and had many wonderful dinners, tennis matches and trips around the world while enjoying a full life together. They loved entertaining, cooking, and they were a great team, especially on all the group trips to football games and seminars they organized. They didn’t think of hosting 50 people at the house for a reception, even if it happened without notice. His culinary skills were legendary, especially his recipe for Crayfish Etouffe.
Madeline was never afraid to try new adventures, including attending college classes later in life and running a marathon in her 40s, where she excelled in her age group. She was the main ‘lady of the church’ to the Bishop of Alexandria and the cathedral for many years and could always be counted on to get things done. Madeline always had a special place in her heart for new priests becoming ordained and for the group of nuns in New Orleans who were inundated with Katrina, through which she coordinated a network of family and friends to help the nuns to settle in their new home.
She is survived by her children, Carl Jeansonne, Jr. (Fiancé, Michelle) Cindy Crotty (Robert), Benny Jeansonne (Amanda), Steve Jeansonne (Jennifer) and Sherrie Miller (Fiancé Paul); nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her beloved husband, Carl A. Jeansonne Sr.; his mother, Virginia Vance, his grandmother, Mamie Ducote, his twin brother, Mike Vance and his grandson, Bennett Jeansonne, Jr.
The family is so grateful to the staff at Brookdale Alexandria, STAT Home Health and St. Joseph’s Hospice for their tender and loving care of Madeline and for bringing her comfort during her final stay on earth.
A Christian Burial Mass will be celebrated at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, February 21, 2022 at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral with the Reverend Jim Ferguson and the Right Reverend Craig Scott officiating. Entombment will follow in the Mausoleum at Alexandria Memorial Gardens under the direction of John Kramer &; Son Funeral Home.
Visitation will be held at Kramer Funeral Home on Monday, beginning at 10:30 a.m. with a recitation of the Holy Rosary in the Kramer Chapel and continuing until 1 p.m.
The pallbearers honored to serve will be Robert Crotty Jr, Matthew Crotty, Adam Crotty, Steven Jeansonne, Jr., Ellis Jeansonne, David Miller, Mark Gibson and Paul LaFleur.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to The Manna House at Post Office Box 6011, Alexandria, LA 71307; or St. Francis Xavier Cathedral at 626 4th Street, Alexandria, LA 71301.
To send online condolence notes to the Jeansonne family, please visit www.KramerFunerals.com.