Marie Anne Legier Alison passed away on Saturday, November 7, 2020 after a long life of creativity, generosity, and passion. Born from parents with deep New Orleans roots, except for a Scottish grandfather from whom her last name originates, she lived her 79 years in this city and exemplified many of its best qualities in her cooking, painting, and civil service.
After graduating from John McCrady's art school, Anne worked as a fashion illustrator at various department stores in New Orleans. She later went on to earn her Bachelor's at UNO in fine arts and was awarded an Associate's in fine arts from Delgado while working on her Bachelor's. In 1981, she decided on a career change and started working for the State of Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services helping families on food stamps and welfare. She worked for DCFS until she retired in October 2017.
Her children and grandchildren, however, consider her greatest contributions to be her parenting and grandparenting, and they deeply appreciate being raised by and having learned from a woman who was the epitome of patience, fortitude, resilience, and cheerful endurance. She was predeceased by her parents, Archibald Urbain Alison and Marie Estopinal Alison. Anne is survived by her four children, Alison Devlin Hoey, Bill Devlin, Ingrid "Andrae" Autin, and Blake Autin, and by her five grandchildren, Abigail Hoey Slocum, Leslie Hoey Jr., Alex Devlin, Max Devlin, and Robert F. Downs, IV. Anne is also survived by her two brothers, Archibald Urbain Alison, Jr. and Stephen Henderson Alison.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a visitation to be held at 9:00 am on Monday, November 16, 2020 followed by Mass at 11:00 am at JACOB SCHOEN & SON FUNERAL HOME, 3827 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA 70119. Because of dangers related to COVID -19, Anne's family is asking that all attendees wear masks covering noses and mouths, respect six feet of distance between groups not from the same household, and avoid hugging, kissing, and handshakes. She will be laid to rest afterwards in Greenwood Cemetery. Condolences may be expressed at www.schoenfh.com
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