Harriet S. Cousins
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Harriet S. Cousins
  • August 29, 1955 - November 6, 2017
  • Metairie, Louisiana

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Harriet “Hattie” Gene Staub Cousins passed away on November 6, 2017 due to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Hattie was born to Harold William Staub, Jr. and Teresa Gaffney Staub on August 29, 1955 in New Orleans and was baptized Roman Catholic. She was a resident of New Orleans and later Metairie for 31 years. She was a loyal and loving wife, daughter, daughter-in-law, sister, sister-in-law, aunt, godmother, and friend.

Hattie is survived by Kevin Michael Cousins, her devoted and caring husband of 32 years. Also surviving to cherish her memory are her siblings: Teresa (Terry) S. Meeuwenberg and husband James “Jim” of Metairie, Maureen S. Eide of Hoover, AL, Harold P. Staub and wife Jamie of Metairie, Jacqueline “Jackie” Graves and husband Buell Joseph “Joe” of Austin, KY; siblings-in-law: Carey Cousins and wife Nadine of Mandeville, LA and Patricia “Pat” Cousins of Mandeville, LA. Aunt Hattie will be sorely missed by her nephews and nieces James “Jay” Meeuwenberg and wife Kristina of New Orleans, LA, Erik Eide and wife Janet Scarborough of ON, Canada, David Chapotel and wife Rebecca of Madisonville, LA, Steven Chapotel and wife Courtney of Madisonville, LA, Rachel Graves of Austin, KY, Christopher and Casey Cousins of Mandeville, LA, Lindsay Kathleen and Sam Cousins of Mandeville, LA, Travis Henthorn of Metairie, LA, and Sarah Wilkalis and husband Andrew of Ponchatoula, LA; and the next generation of nieces and nephews. Hattie was preceded in death by her parents, parents-in-law Victor and Andree “Daisy” Cousins; sister Peggy S. Chapotel; and brother-in-laws Kent Cousins and Ole Eide.

Hattie enjoyed gardening, traveling with Kevin, friends and family passing a good time camping, skiing, basking in the sun on the Gulf Coast, attending festivals and cheering on the N.O. Saints. She was one of the founders of the Grazin’ in the Grass Annual Picnic and she and Kevin were known for hosting huge special events including their St. Patrick’s Party, Eastertime Crawfish Boil, and Christmas Eve Open House. Her absence creates a void in so many lives, she was truly a special and valued person.

Hattie attended Delgado Community College but truly cherished her high school days at Ursuline Academy, graduating in 1973. The school’s motto “Serviam”, Latin for “I will serve” and her devotion to Our Lady of Prompt Succor were guiding forces in her personal and professional relationships. She demonstrated her impressive work ethic first at a private medical office then later for 27 years at Children’s Hospital of New Orleans both in the Orthopedic and Psychology Departments until her 2016 retirement due to illness.

The family thanks Team Gleason/The Gleason Initiative Foundation and Guardian Angel Hospice for their assistance and support.

Visitation will be held on Monday, November 13, 2017 from 10:00 am to 12 noon at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home in New Orleans. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 12:00 noon. Inurnment will follow at Lake Lawn Park Mausoleum. In lieu of flowers please make donations to The Gleason Initiative Foundation www.teamgleason.org/donate or Guardian Angel Hospice 825 Little Farms Ave Ste D, Metairie, LA 70003. To view and sign the family guestbook please visit www.lakelawnmetairie.com