Louise Belle Peterman "Wesie" Prosser
1924 - 2021
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Louise Prosser passed away peacefully on Easter Sunday at the age of 97. She was a remarkable woman who will always be remembered as a joyful, intelligent, and fun loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend. She was a positive force in the lives of everyone who had the pleasure of knowing her. Louise was born on March 31, 1924 in Alexandria, LA, daughter of Frank Harris Peterman and Julia O'Shee Peterman. She graduated from Bolton High School. She attended St. Mary's College of Notre Dame University and graduated from Newcomb College with a major in English. She was later elected president of the National Newcomb College Alumnae Association. She eventually received a Master's Degree in Library Science from LSU. In 1944 she married Dr. Charles Prosser to whom she was happily married for 60 years until his death in 2005. They had 8 children, 20 grandchildren, and 28 great grandchildren. Louise loved life and was very active in her community until the very end. She was school librarian at St. James Episcopal Day School for 25 years. Her special interests beyond her family and friends included being a member of Our Lady of Mercy Church choir, the Baton Rouge Music Club, volunteering for St. Vincent de Paul, Friends of the LSU Library, LSU Readers and Writers, and Inner Wheel of the Downtown Rotary Club. She was active in the Junior League and was voted Sustainer of the Year. She was a Boy Scout and Girl Scout leader for each of her 8 children. She also volunteered for the Mental Health Association of Baton Rouge where she helped found a halfway house for women. She was a member of La Lecture Book Club since 1952, was a tour guide for the Louisiana Historical Foundation, and was a founding member of the board to restore Magnolia Mound Plantation. In 1993 she was awarded the Volunteer Activist Award by the Baton Rouge Speech and Hearing Foundation. She represented Gwynn Valley Camp in North Carolina for many years and belonged to several lunch groups and dance clubs. She and Charles enjoyed world travel and played tennis well into their 80's. Louise is survived by her children Peterman Prosser and his wife Peggy, Charlene Prosser Edeline and her husband Georges, Laura Prosser and her husband Randy McGee, Marcia Prosser Johnson and her husband Brant, Bunny Prosser Hines and her husband Bill, and Elena Prosser Moser. She will be sorely missed by her 20 grandchildren and their spouses and her 28 (and counting) great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Dr. Charles Prosser, her daughter Mary Prosser Heroman (and her husband Fred Heroman), her son Charles Harris Prosser, and her sisters Julia Peterman Burden and Frances Peterman Culpepper. Services will be held on Thursday, April 8th at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church 445 Marquette Ave. Baton Rouge, LA 70806 at 10:00 AM. There will be a private family burial at Resthaven Gardens of Memory, followed by a reception at the home of Pete and Peggy Prosser at 6059 Esplanade Avenue Baton Rouge, LA 70806. Memorial donations are requested to be made to the Our Lady of Mercy chapter of St. Vincent de Paul or the charity of your choice. For anyone who cannot attend, you may view the services at www.youtube.com/olombr or www.olomchurch.com.

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Published in The Advocate from Apr. 6 to Apr. 8, 2021.
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April 11, 2021
Our deepest sympathy, Mrs Bunny and Dr. Bill.
Ranji and Stephen
Acquaintance
April 11, 2021
Dear Prosser Family,
Your mother - and father - were a couple for the ages. My memories of skiing at False River, and their vibrant, happy home are so special to me.
My parents so cherished their friendship with Weesie and Charles- especially “Claycut Racquet Club” at the Stewart’s. Your mother never missed an opportunity to offer support and care. My last memory of her is her bringing a much- needed lunch to my parents’ home when my father was in Hospice care there.
Sending prayers of love for you all,
Leslie Johnson Miller
Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Leslie Johnson Miller
Friend
April 11, 2021
To The Prosser Family
I’m so sorry for your loss Aunt Wesie, was one of a kind, fun loving person.
I’m so sorry that I missed seeing y’all, but I was thinking of y’all, & having such wonderful memories of
Family gatherings or just spending summers on Esplanade Ave!
Love y’all
Kate Thomas
Kate Thomas
Family
April 9, 2021
To all her sweet family including her grandchildren I was so sorry to hear of Mrs P death .
I’m so sorry for your loss .
It has been such a treat to be able to see her at Thanksgiving each year at Bunny and Bills . I can still hear her singing and playing the piano with her grandchildren . I was able to see her service online and it was beautiful !
I’ll never forget being so impressed when she had a LSU class with me . Later in life we sang in the same Jr League River Road Ramblers group in the nursing homes . She was so full of energy and spirit !
We were all blessed by her friendship and love for making this world a more peaceful loving place.
Love
Margo Eglin

Margo Eglin
Friend
April 8, 2021
Your family is in my prayers. Rebecca
Rebecca Wisbar
Friend
April 8, 2021
So many memories swirling through my head these last few days...after spending much of my childhood in her home with my “blood sister”, Laura. Wesie...her sweet melodic voice, her charm, always the optimist, yummy breakfasts around that big round breakfast table...just one more kid taken under her wings in that happy household...
Our families connected through four generations. And Wesie and Charlie, such dear friends to my parents... all Prossers forever a cherished part of my life! She’s singing in the heavens now! . So grateful for her life.
Sid Thomas McDaniel
Friend
April 8, 2021
My condolences to all the Prosser family. I remember your mother at some holiday gatherings in Alexandria during my childhood in the ‘50s, one of the magical people in a magical time. She was a great member of a great generation.
GeorgeAnn Hayne Peters
Acquaintance
April 7, 2021
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April 7, 2021
Dear Prosser family,
Your mother was so beloved by all. She had a gift of being able to make one and all feel so welcome. Her smile could brighten any room. My parents loved your parents all their lives. How fortunate they were to have had them in their lives. You all have my deepest condolences. Lita Luikart
Lita Luikart
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April 7, 2021
I think Mrs. Prosser bought all the Girl Scout cookies that ALL her daughters sold, and maybe more from other Scouts selling door-to-door. I remember a freezer in the kitchen on Esplanade that was full of cookies all year round! What's for dessert? Trefoils? Thin Mints?
Katherine Laney Girl Scout Troop 205
Student
April 7, 2021
A loss of a great woman and someone who will be missed by so many. However, those of us fortunate to know any of the family members , also know she will always live in their hearts and they will their lives honoring her memory.
Mimi Moyse Schlesinger
Mimi Moyse Schlesinger
Friend
April 7, 2021
A stalwart member of the Greatest Generation of Baton Rouge women and a good friend to my parents. What a life well lived!
Jay McMains
Friend
April 6, 2021
Like Mother Angelica, Louise is another Saint who died on Easter Sunday. How special is that! We will miss her smiling face. Even though she slowed down through the years, her happy, smiling face at choir rehearsals will live forever in my heart. Prayers and blessings to all the Prosser family. Pete and Peggy, my heart goes out to you for the care you gave Louise through these past few years and for keeping her close to us.

I know the Lord welcomed her with open arms, telling her "Well done, good and faithful servant. Come see the place I have prepared for you". May the Eternal Light shine upon her.

Jo Ann Vasta
member of Our Lady of Mercy Chancel Choir
Jo Ann Vasta
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