Mary L. Farnsworth
Mary L. Farnsworth
  • September 19, 1922 - May 12, 2017
  • Metairie, Louisiana

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Matthew 25:23- “Well done, good and faithful servant.” You will be missed by all.

Mary Louise Auler Farnsworth, born in St. Louis, Missouri on September 19, 1922, age 94, passed away at her daughter’s home on May 12, 2017 surrounded by her loving family. She was preceded in death by her spouse, Harold Pratt Farnsworth and her parents, Alphonse Auler and Louise LeBrecht Auler. She is survived by her nine children; Dianne Maroney (Pat) of Kansas City, KS, Jackie Shreves (Bruce) of New Orleans, Bob Farnsworth (Pam) of Metairie, Sharon Hartley (Bryce) of Atlanta, GA, Susan Yenni of New Orleans, Maryann Faulkner (Jack) of Metairie, Pat Farnsworth of Metairie, Debbie Buckhaults (Joe) of Metairie, and Missy Gensler of Metairie and her sister Patty Auler Bahre of St. Louis; twenty-seven grandchildren, twenty-eight great grandchildren and one great, great grandchild.

Mary Lou, as she was called, graduated as valedictorian from St. Joseph’s Academy in St. Louis. Her future husband, H. Pratt Farnsworth, was serving as a pilot in the US Army Air Corps and was visiting St. Louis with a fellow serviceman who introduced him to Mary Lou. In 1942, after a six-week courtship, Mary Lou married the love of her life, H. Pratt Farnsworth, and they celebrated their 65th Anniversary three months before Pratt died in 2008.

After completing his service in the Air Corps, Pratt and Mary Lou returned to Pratt’s hometown, New Orleans where they raised their nine children. Mary Lou, a devout Catholic, was extremely active in the church, starting at St. Pius X in New Orleans and in later years, Mary Queen of Peace in Mandeville. She received the Order of St. Louis Medallion in recognition of her church ministry and dedication to helping incarcerated women.

Mary Lou was never without a dog, which was usually one that either showed up at her door or that she rescued from the streets. As a member of the “Bottoms Up Club she and her friends spent many weekends gardening on their hands and knees transforming the Ave Maria Retreat House into an inviting oasis.

Mary Lou loved to entertain. She and Pratt hosted many parties over the years both at their Stilt St. home and their home in Mandeville. Mary Lou and Pratt both loved to snow ski, and continued to take road trips to their favorite skiing destination in Winter Park, CO well into their 80s.

In addition to raising 9 children, Mary Lou was also a successful real estate agent for over 30 years, beginning her career at Stan Weber & Associates in New Orleans and then later as a Re-Max agent in Mandeville.

Special thanks to her devoted caretaker, Iris Simmons, who has become a member of our extended family. Special thanks also to Pearline Lathan who spent her weekends caring for Ms. Mary. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a visitation and the Funeral Mass at LAKE LAWN METAIRIE FUNERAL HOME CHAPEL. 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd. (in Metairie Cemetery) on Saturday, May 20. Visitation will be at 9:00 AM followed by a Mass at 11AM. Interment will follow at Metairie Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to either St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or the LA-SPCA, 1700 Mardi Gras Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70124. To sign and view the Family Guestbook, please visit