Carolyn Atkinson Bienvenu
Carolyn Atkinson Bienvenu
  • January 9, 1914 - September 4, 2017
  • New Orleans, Louisiana

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Carolyn Atkinson Bienvenu, age 103, born New Orleans on January 9, 1914, passed away quietly at home September 4, 2017. She graduated Holy Name of Jesus School, Sophie B. Wright. In her youth she sang as “Carolyn West” on her own show on WWL radio. She worked for US Customs Service in Washington, D.C and in New Orleans. In 1946 she married, started her family and became a homemaker and beloved mother. She was a member of the Orleans Club, the Friday Afternoon Club, Amici, the Blue Goose Auxiliary, the Southern Yacht Club, NSDAR Spirit of 76 Chapter, and the Freedoms Foundation of Valley Forge.

Preceded in death by her husband P. Albert Bienvenu, her father, J. Dudley Atkinson, her mother, Mable Clare Stevens Atkinson, her siblings, J. Dudley Atkinson, John Atkinson, Eleanor Atkinson Stevens, Edward Atkinson. After the death of her husband Carolyn’s life was greatly enhanced by her long friendship with the late Robert B. Keyes.

Survived by her children: Carolyn (Lynn) Bienvenu McClave (Ross), P. Albert Bienvenu (Betty), and Richard Atkinson Bienvenu.

Grandchildren: Caroline Richardson Dupuis (Brian), Edward Emile Richardson (April), P. Albert Bienvenu (Carol), Jean Pierre Bienvenu (Erin), Elizabeth Bienvenu Bourgeois (Ronnie), Andre Edouard Bienvenu.

Great Grandchildren: Joseph Dupuis and Evans Dupuis; Genevieve (Gigi) Bienvenu, Madeleine Bienvenu, Albert Bienvenu, Taylor Bienvenu; Ronald Bourgeois, Miller Bourgeois, Emery Bourgeois; Felix Richardson, Jasper Richardson, Olive Richardson.

Also survived by many loving nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was a sweet, loving mother, always willing to listen and help. She enjoyed life and had a wonderful sense of humor, she lit up any room she was in, anyone who met her loved her and knew that this was a very special person. She was an inspiration to all. A true Southern lady she was well-travelled, loved good food and an occasional scotch on the porch in the evenings. Being around her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren were her greatest joys. She was very open-minded always ready and willing to try new things, new ideas. Her favorite shows were The Big Bang Theory and Downton Abbey. She was sharp, humble and intuitive even in her advanced age. At her 100th birthday over 100 people showed up from all over to celebrate her life. That she lived three more happy years was a wonderful gift to all. Her tremendous influence on those who knew her is incalculable. She was an extraordinary person, even she did not realize how special she was. We will all miss her greatly.

Visitation: Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home on Saturday, September 9, 2017, 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Services: Catholic Mass 1:00 PM, Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home Chapel Interment: Lake Lawn Metairie Cemetery

Donations: St. Jude Children’s Hospital and Clinic, Memphis, TN