March 31, 1924April 4, 2021

Louise “Wesie” Belle Peterman Prosser

Louise passed away peacefully on Easter Sunday at the age of 97. She was a remarkable woman who will always be remembered as a joyful, intelligent, and fun loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend. She was a positive force in the lives of everyone who had the pleasure of knowing her. Louise was born on March 31, 1924 in Alexandria, LA, daughter of Frank Harris Peterman and Julia O’Shee Peterman. She graduated from Bolton High School. She attended St. Mary’s College of Notre Dame University and graduated from Newcomb College with a major in English. She was later elected president of the National Newcomb College Alumnae Association. She eventually received a Master’s Degree in Library Science from LSU. In 1944 she married Dr. Charles Prosser to whom she was happily married for 60 years until his death in 2005. They had 8 children, 20 grandchildren, and 24 great grandchildren. Louise loved life and was very active in her community until the very end. She was school librarian at St. James Episcopal Day School for 25 years. Her special interests beyond her family and friends included being a member of Our Lady of Mercy Church choir, the Baton Rouge Music Club, volunteering for St. Vincent de Paul, Friends of the LSU Library, LSU Readers and Writers, and Inner Wheel of the Downtown Rotary Club. She was active in the Junior League and was voted Sustainer of the Year. She was a Boy Scout and Girl Scout leader for each of her 8 children. She also volunteered for the Mental Health Association of Baton Rouge where she helped found a halfway house for women. She was a member of La Lecture Book Club since 1952, was a tour guide for the Louisiana Historical Foundation, and was a founding member of the board to restore Magnolia Mound Plantation. In 1993 she was awarded the Volunteer Activist Award by the Baton Rouge Speech and Hearing Foundation. She represented Gwynn Valley Camp in North Carolina for many years and belonged to several lunch groups and dance clubs. She and Charles enjoyed world travel and played tennis well into their 80’s. Louise is survived by her children Peterman Prosser and his wife Peggy, Charlene Prosser Edeline and her husband Georges, Laura Prosser and her husband Randy McGee, Marcia Prosser Johnson and her husband Brant, Bunny Prosser Hines and her husband Bill, and Elena Prosser Moser. She will be sorely missed by her 20 grandchildren and their spouses and her 28 (and counting) great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Dr. Charles Prosser, her daughter Mary Prosser Heroman (and her husband Fred Heroman), her son Charles Harris Prosser, and her sisters Julia Peterman Burden and Frances Peterman Culpepper. Services will be held on Thursday, April 8th at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church 445 Marquette Ave. Baton Rouge, LA 70806 at 10:00 AM. There will be a private family burial at Resthaven Gardens of Memory, followed by a reception at the home of Pete and Peggy Prosser at 6059 Esplanade Avenue Baton Rouge, LA 70806. Memorial donations are requested to be made to the Our Lady of Mercy chapter of St. Vincent de Paul or the charity of your choice. For anyone who cannot attend, you may view the services at or


  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Thursday, April 8, 2021




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Shelley Bonanno

April 8, 2021

I have known and loved your mother for many years. Your dad was my mother’s doctor for years. Your mother was a true lady and beautiful in and out. It was a pleasure to have known her. Shelley Bonanno

Katie Houston

April 6, 2021

The most incredible role model I could have ever had. They don’t make them like this anymore. I will forever think of her when I pick up trash while out for a walk, pass a thrift store or shop at a garage sale, get lipstick on my teeth, buy a children’s book, and eat questionably old leftovers. She was a great woman of strength, grace, and joy! I’m so blessed to be a part of her legacy.