Mia Crovetto James

February 3, 1964October 12, 2021

Our beloved Wife, Mother and Friend, Mia Crovetto James, died on Tuesday October 12 from heart complications. She had just returned home to the U.S. from her heaven on earth Ravello, Italy with her husband, Jeff. Mia was born in Cleveland, MS on February 3, 1964 to Lyman “Buddy” and Mary Lavite Crovetto. She graduated from LSU with Honors in 1986.

Mia is survived by her daughter Catherine and her husband Jeff, sister Cara Vann and husband Greg and their children Vivian Vann and Garrett Vann, from Houston, Texas. She is also survived by her adored sisters-in-law and their husbands. Shai James and husband Billy of Metairie, Jeanne James and husband David of Baton Rouge, Alison James and husband Mark of Metairie, Lesley James and husband Bob of Ruston and Ginger Halford of Whitehouse, Texas. She is also survived by fifteen James nieces and nephews: Shannon Roberts and husband Marshall, Staci Kearney and husband Dan, G.W. “Will” James IV and wife Suzanne; Sally Svendson and husband Wade, William James and wife Virginia “Bird” and Carter James; Mark Jr., John Rainey, Paul and Peter James; Bobby James and wife Hannah, Shep and Hayes James; James and wife Alexandria and Jack Halford. She is also survived by her Aunt Geri Lavite of Weatherford, Texas. She was preceded in death by her Uncle, Retired Colonel Anthony “Tony” Lavite, nephew David M. James, Jr., her parents, Buddy and Mary Crovetto and her in-laws G.W. “Billy” and Evelyn James. Mia was Godmother to Rebecca Mabey, Vivian Vann, John Rainey James and Sophie Stewart. She is also survived by her faithful companions, Henry and Louis.

Mia left her mark on everything and everyone she encountered, leaving a path of joy and beauty in her wake. She spent the majority of her time helping others and being a compassionate and awe-inspiring mother and wife to Catherine and Jeff. She was unselfish with her time and constantly thinking of others providing meals, encouragement and interior design advice. While she was fiercely supportive and loving to those closest to her, her warmth knew no limits. Mia was loved by all and never met a stranger. She had an Army of friends, “prayer warriors”, that were constantly by her side, ready to act for those in need at any time. Her proudest accomplishment in life was her family, where she spent her time being involved and present, constantly reaching out to our large extended family and keeping everyone connected. Earlier in life Mia worked tirelessly to provide for Catherine as a single Mom building a vibrant and wildly successful business, Mia James Interiors. In that endeavor, she began renovating houses in New Orleans, where she developed a popular and amazing Interior Design talent. One day, a photographer from New Orleans magazine knocked on her recently renovated house and wanted to publish a story. From this beginning Mia’s work was published many times in New Orleans magazine and Gambit Weekly. Recently her Baton Rouge home was published in Southern Living. She enjoyed spending time on our boat, doing “hot dog picnics” with her friends and family at our beach house in Orange Beach. In an effort to further family fun and togetherness, she was recently working on recreating the James’ Camp on family property on Lake D’arbonne. She loved antiquing with her sister and sisters-in-law, shopping at market with her friends and spending time with Jeff and Catherine at their beach home in Orange Beach. Her talent and artistic flair was evident at many of her friends and families homes. She was a worker and was always planning and present in our friends Baptisms, engagements, weddings and birthday parties throughout the years. She loved her Church and community of ACTs sisters at St. Aloysious where she was heavily involved. Mia was a member of Phi Mu sorority and an honorary member Kappa Kappa Gamma through her involvement as President of the Kappa Mothers Club. She enjoyed hosting Catherine and Vivian’s college friends regularly. The family is very grateful to Linda Castellanos for 15 years of loyal and faithful service, to Blake Knight for his loyal and unwavering support of Mia, and to the many organizers, craftsmen, suppliers and designers who Mia worked with and considered the best of friends.

Visitation will be held from 10:00-12:00 beginning with a Rosary on the morning of October 15 at St. Aloysius Church, 2025 Stuart Ave Baton Rouge, LA. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow immediately after the visitation at noon at St. Aloysius Church. Burial will be at the Roselawn Cemetery on North Blvd in Baton Rouge. Pallbearers will be Mia’s nephews. Funeral will be officiated by Father Michael Allelo, Father Randy Cuevas. Father Greg Daigle will provide song support.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Aloysius Church 2025 Stuart Ave, Baton Rouge, LA 71273 or St. Vincent De Paul, 220 St. Vincent De Paul Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70802.


  • Catherine James, Daughter
  • Jeff James, Husband
  • Cara Vann (Greg), Sister
  • Vivian and Garrett Vann, Grandchildren
  • Buddy and Mary Crovetto, Parents (deceased)
  • G.W. “Billy” and Evelyn James, Parents-in-Law (deceased)
  • She is also survived by hersisters-in-lawand their husbands,Shai James and husband Billy, Jeanne James and husband David, Alison James and husband Mark, Lesley James and husband Bob.and Ginger Halford;fifteen James nieces and nephews: Shannon Roberts and husband Marshall, Staci Kearney and husband Dan, G.W. “Will” James IV and wife Suzanne; Sally Svendson and husband Wade, William James and wife Virginia “Bird” and Carter James; Mark Jr., John Rainey, Paul and Peter James; Bobby James and wife Hannah, Shep and Hayes James; James and wife Alexandria and Jack Halford; andAunt Geri Lavite


  • Visitation

    Friday, October 15, 2021

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Friday, October 15, 2021


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Lynne Parker

October 18, 2021

I first met Mia in 1982 at sorority rush week on the steps of the Phi Mu house. I was a sophomore and her an incoming freshman. Both fresh-face girls ready to take on the big college world. Such an enormous universe after our small town roots. As tradition would suggest upper classmates took a newbie under our wings to become our “Little Sister”. I knew from the minute I saw her huge smile and heard her warm Covington drawl that Mia would forever be my little sister and friend. As the years unfolded we out grew our girlish moments, moved on from our college years, cherished and laughed through our living in New Orleans years, and adored our very special Mom, wife and inspiring designer years. We watched each other love, laugh, and sometimes cry.
After I moved from New Orleans, we weren’t ever living in the same town but there has never been a moment that Mia James didn’t cross my mind and make me smile. She had the rarest of gifts to make you laugh so hard you cried and love every second of being with her. Her genius creativity was so inspiring to watch. She made magic of everything she touched. She didn’t just make it pretty or styled, she made it warm and delicious! She would light up a room when she walked into it. She was effervescent and friendly to everyone she encountered and her affection was genuine and authentic.
Dearest Cat you were a sunshine the minute you came into this world and your Mom celebrated every moment of your life. Cara you and Mia have such an incredible bond and inherited your Mom, Mary’s sweetest touch. Jeff you are Mia’s forever strong, amazing knight in shining armor. I send you all my love and healing prayers. Lynne

Pat & Dennis Adams

October 16, 2021

I know this is a difficult time for you and your family.
Losing a loved one is so hard, I know because I just recently loss my best friend.
We are praying for peace and comfort for you.
As we keep you in our thoughts and prayers, please let us know if there’s anything we can do to help out.
Someone who shared so much life with you will forever be a part of you.
Be gentle with yourself and take all the time you need to heal and remember, you’re not alone.
With love, prayers and thoughts at this difficult time.
Heartfelt condolences.
Pat & Dennis Adams

Doris Carr

October 16, 2021

I was so sad to hear of your loss. I met Mia 2 years ago when I needed to find a loving home for my Cavalier King Charles puppy due to a back injury I had suffered and couldn’t care for him. Mia and family came out to see him, fell in love with him, and that’s how Louis found his loving home. Mia was so kind and understanding of my feelings of loss at the time, and I knew he would have a wonderful home. My sincere condolences and prayers for your family.

Andrea Timpa

October 15, 2021

My deepest sympathies and prayers to you Jeff and your family.

The Wood Family (Angie, Jay, Emily, Allie & Sara)

October 15, 2021

Mia had a heart of gold and an energy that was contagious. I was so blessed to room with her on my ACTS retreat. She was an inspiration to me and my family!! She made our home beautiful and inspired our daughter Emily to start her own interior design business. She was truly a special person. We are so sorry for your loss. She will be deeply missed!!

Love, The Wood Family
Angie, Jay, Sara, Allie and Emily

Karin Stadolnik Simmons

October 14, 2021

There are the people you remember from the seasons of your life, and there are the people you can never forget. Mia was someone I will never forget. Mia was kind, beautiful, creative and ALWAYS smiling!! I was so lucky to have known her. LIOB, Mia. You will be terribly missed.

Cara, Catherine and Jeff, my heart is so heavy for you. Please know that I will be thinking and praying for you and all of the family in the days to come.

Elizabeth Shoenfelt

October 14, 2021

Mia was an extraordinary lady who we will forever miss. She was remarkably beautiful "inside and out" always greeting you with a warmth of feeling and love. May you be with the choirs of angels and saints forever singing and shining your light in heaven with our Father, Son and Holy Spirit! We love you, Mia!

Sherri Bone Brown

October 13, 2021

I am shocked and saddened by the loss of Mia. I have so many wonderful memories of our friendship...from rooming together in the Phi Mu house, her singing in my wedding, and most recently bumping into her at the beach. If only the Phi Mu House walls could talk! Our room and hall were filled with laughter and sisterhood. LIOB.

Laurie Watt

October 13, 2021

Dear Catherine and Jeff,
Along with Kim Smith, Mia, myself and Ann Carter Dufrene, we were the four amigos from the Hilton. Four friends since the late 80s, I cherish my friendship with these lovely ladies. Mia will be missed so much. This photograph was taken in late May this year at Clancy‘s restaurant. I will cherish this dinner that the three of us had and remember it fondly. Mia was a very special person and I am honored that she chose me as a friend. Laurie Watt.

Karlyn Hooton Zimmerman

October 13, 2021

Phi Mu has a song that starts like this: “Picture a girl of beauty rare. Picture a girl so sweet and fair. “

Mia is the girl in the song. She was everyone’s sweetheart. When I think of Mia, I remember her laughing. She was light-hearted, positive, encouraging, and fun.

The songs ends: “A sister for you and for me. “ It was an honor to call Mia my Phi Mu sister. She was the best among us.

Know that you are not alone in your grief and that many are thinking of and praying for you.