Charlotte “Nana” Helen Stevenson Carrier died peacefully surrounded by her family on Wednesday, August 16. She was born Dec. 7, 1933, in Bogalusa, La., the only child of Helen Gates and Charles Gordon Stevenson. In 1934 she was named The Prettiest Baby at the Washington Free Parish Fair, a title she lovingly and jokingly embraced. Charlotte grew up in Baton Rouge where she attended Hollywood School and was a proud graduate of Istrouma High School and LSU.
Charlotte loved life and was a friend to all. A lifelong joiner and a doer, she participated in many clubs and organizations, often holding leadership roles. She was a member of Alpha Delta Pi Sorority, Pollard Planters Garden Club, 2X2 Sunday School Class at University United Methodist Church, the Audubon Chapter of the DAR, Delta Kappa Gamma Teaching Society, and The National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors, of which she earned the distinction of being named a Fellow. Charlotte spent her final years at Holly Court Assisted Living where she served officially as the President of the Residents Council and unofficially as “The Mayor.” She was a career educator and retired from East Baton Rouge Parish Schools after teaching kindergarten and first grade for 30 years.
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Bill “Honey” Carrier, with whom she enjoyed her many hobbies including traveling, playing cards, reading, cooking, and amassing their prized collection of antique clocks and watches. Perhaps Charlotte’s favorite pastime was watching sports, especially football. She often said she cheered for all teams from the Dufrocq Ducks to the Green Bay Packers, but above all she loved the New Orleans Saints and the LSU Tigers, whom she liked to coach from the comfort of her recliner.
Charlotte leaves to cherish her memory her daughters, Stephanie (Don) Reynolds and Megan (Tom) Lawson; her grandchildren, Kelsey (Kamah) Lovelle, Will (Molly) Lawson, Charlie Lawson, and Christi Trahan; her great grandchildren, Benson Lawson, Haley (Carlos) Zaragoza, Abigail (James) Lindsey; and her great-great grandson, Luca Fox.
The family wishes to thank the staff of The Hospice of Baton Rouge, particularly her nurse Katherine, aid Laurie, and Chaplain Randle, and the staff of Holly Court, especially Shelia, Veronica, and Michelle.
A visitation will be held from 1:00-2:00 pm Sunday, August 20, at University United Methodist Church, and a celebration of Charlotte’s life will follow at 2:00. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial gifts be made to The Hospice of Baton Rouge, 3600 Florida Blvd., Baton Rouge, La., 70806, hospicebr.org.