BAPTIST Surrounded by her family, Lesley Anne Philbrick
Baptist died Thursday, August 28 at age 67 following a short illness.
She was a gentle and devoted wife and mother who loved the people of her
adopted home, New Orleans. An artist to her bones, she noticed beauty
in all things, and created it in her home as well as in the lilting
design of her artwork. She is survived by William Dawson Baptist, her
husband of 48 years, daughters Beth and Amy, father and stepmother, Dick
and Jackie Philbrick; brother and sister-in-law, Dick and Barbara
Philbrick, beloved nephews and niece, Eric, Brian, and Jessie; devoted
future son-in-law John Morello; cousin Liz Blankenship Wilson, her
husband John, and children Scott, Lisa, and Gil; cousin Penny and her
husband Jacques Feuillians, and their children Danielle and Charlotte;
and her aunt Anne "Sis" Hall. She was preceded in death by her mother
Betty Balcolm Philbrick, her dear friend, Liz Holly, her mother and
father-in-law Ted and Margaret Baptist, and her "Grandmother" Bennaca.
Among other pursuits, Lesley was a founder of the first New Orleans La
Leche League chapter, sang in the First Presbyterian Church choir under
the direction of her friend Rachelen Lien, and volunteered in the Newman
School library when her daughters were young students. She attended
school in Wiesbaden, Germany, and at Bennington College in Vermont.
Lesley's life was a precious blessing to all who knew her. Memorial
gathering will be held at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, 5100
Pontchartrain Blvd, New Orleans, La., on Friday, September 12, 2008.
Visitation will begin at 11:00 a.m. with a Memorial Service to
following at 12:30 P.M. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider
contributions to the Boys and Girls Club of Southeast Louisiana, 650
Poydras St., New Orleans, La. 70130, or St. Francis Animal Sanctuary.
Please visit and sign family guestbook at www.lakelawnmetairie.com.
Published in The Times-Picayune from Sep. 10 to Sep. 11, 2008.