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Jeanne Michelle Chappuis Nolen

Obituary for Jeanne Michelle Chappuis Nolen

July 14, 1923 - August 16, 2017
Austin, Texas | Age 94


Jeanne Michelle Chappuis Nolen was born July 14, 1923 in Crowley, Louisiana, the third of four children of Claude Louis and Albanie Joffrion Chappuis. She was baptized, made her first Holy Communion, was confirmed, and was married (to Claude Nolen, June 7, 1947) at St. Michael The Archangel Catholic Parish in Crowley.

After graduation from St. Michael's Parochial school and Crowley High School Jeanne attended St. Mary Dominican College in New Orleans and Southwest Louisiana Institute (now University of Louisiana at Lafayette), graduated and joined its nursing program. She then joined the U.S. Army Cadet Nurse Corps and completed its nursing program at Charity Hospital in New Orleans including an Internship at Veterans Administration Hospital in Memphis, in 1946. One of her patients there was her future husband Claude Nolen.

With World War II at an end and released from further military obligation, Jeanne practiced nursing in Crowley, then at St. Joseph hospital in Memphis.

In 1948, she changed her career to full-time homemaker and accompanied her husband in his teaching in Louisiana, Arkansas, and Missouri, and in 1956 to St. Edward's University. During these years and later, she became mother to Cosette, Andree, Denise, Adrienne, Hunter, and Lisa. She devoted herself to her husband and children and established a home of love and mutual aid, which was also a lively center of family and friends. By precept and example, she encouraged her children to practice humility, generosity, hospitality, respect for all individuals, and other virtues. Her home was a great place to have grown up in, to return to, especially in family gatherings, and to cherish with gratitude always.

Although focused on family affairs, Jeanne had a lively interest in the wider community. She worked with regional and local civil rights groups, including involvement in direct action, to oppose racial discrimination. An ardent defender of the right to life, she was deeply involved with many groups in defense of life, especially the lives of unborn infants, even going to jail for about two months because of her efforts to save infants scheduled for imminent abortion. Jeanne also sought to alleviate suffering in many ways. She gave financial aid and voluntary labor to St. Vincent De Paul Society and other humanitarian agencies and direct help to the needy: on occasion, she opened her home to distressed individuals in need of a safe haven in times of trouble. As well as providing material and showing profound respect for every person, Jeanne offered fervent prayers for innumerable individuals with every kind of need.

Jeanne was an admirable wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, friend, and neighbor, a loyal Catholic, a grateful and humble child of God.

Jeanne was preceded in death by her parents, Claude Louis Chappuis and Albanie Joffrion Chappuis; her brothers, Philip J. and Claude L. Chappuis, Jr.; her sister, Julie M. Chappuis O'Rouke; her grandson, Matthew Coles; and her dear husband, Claude Nolen.

Recitation of the Holy Rosary will held at 7:00 pm on Sunday, August 20, 2017 at Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home, 2620 South Congress.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Ignatius Martyr Church 10:00 am Monday, August 21, 2017.

Burial will be at Assumption Cemetery.

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Austin, TX 78704
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