Margie Joy Baum Landry died peacefully at her home on Friday, May 5, 2023, at the age of 81, surrounded by her family and their love. She was born in Baton Rouge on November 25, 1941, to Samson and Marjorie Baum, and spent her childhood on Avenue C in Port Allen, Louisiana under its canopy of pecan trees.
Before raising her children, she worked for Louisiana National Bank, and she held fond memories of her bank years and colleagues. For the majority of her life, she was an extraordinary wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend, with a remarkable ability to show up for those she loved, lift their spirits, and ease their burdens. Her open heart invited friendship and community wherever she went, and she was a member of many organizations, including: the Pelican WoodCarvers, the Magnolia Chapter of Decorative Painters, Pokeno Club, Sans Souci, Albemarle Amblers, Albemarle Spouses Association, Port Allen High School 59ers and, with St. Thomas More Catholic Church, Eucharistic Ministry, Resurrection Choir and Bible Study.
Margie is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 57 years, Bryan Landry; their children Molly Williams and husband Wayne, Scott Landry and wife Barbie, Amy Glovinsky and husband Marc; beloved grandchildren Avery and Morgan Williams, Madeleine, Harrison, and Griffin Landry, and Eve Glovinsky; her siblings, Peggy Broussard, Brent Baum and Carole Montgomery; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins, all of whom love her dearly. Margie’s parents and brother, Jerry Baum, preceded her in death and welcomed her into eternal rest.
In early retirement years, Margie became an avid world traveler with Bryan, visiting every continent except Antarctica, traveling as far north as the Arctic Circle and as far south as Cape Town, South Africa, and taking in more than 20 countries, each of which she scoured for the exactly right souvenir to bring home to her children and grandchildren. She rode a camel in Egypt and an elephant in Thailand and had many stories to tell of the adventures, people and places in between. When Margie wasn’t on the move, you could find her painting canvases and holiday decorations, woodcarving, sewing, singing, baking, shopping with her lifelong friend, Shirley Barton, or looking forward to her next holiday celebration with her children and grandchildren.
In 1959, she was crowned Sugar Queen at the annual West Baton Rouge Parish pageant and festival. But she was even more beautiful on the inside. Aptly named, Margie Joy had a talent for spreading happiness. When she laughed, you couldn’t help but join in. She was exceptionally kind and occupied a warm place in the heart of all who knew her. From her, we learned to lean into life with a joyful spirit, to embrace precious small moments, and to cherish the people with whom we share them. We will miss her dearly, but are immensely grateful to have shared in her lifetime.
We thank her hospice team, Gail, Ingrid, Sidney, and Toni; her caretakers, Demitri and Peggy; her doctors, Kristen D. Talbot, MD and Rebecca E. Whiddon MD; and her sweet friends who made sure she remained part of the gang right until the end.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass celebrating Margie’s life on Friday, May 12, 2023, at 12:30 p.m. at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 11441 Goodwood Boulevard in Baton Rouge, officiated by Fr. Michael Alello. Visitation will occur at the church immediately preceding the service, beginning at 11:00 a.m. Interment will occur at Resthaven Gardens of Memory.
The family is requesting donations in lieu of flowers to the charity of your choice.