Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home & Cemeteries

5100 Pontchartrain Blvd, New Orleans, LA


Shirley Hennessey Buisson

January 27, 1930May 13, 2020

Shirley Hennessey Buisson passed away at the age of 90 on Wednesday, May 13, 2020. She was born January 27, 1930 in New Orleans to the late Theodore V. Hennessey and Thelma Salvant Hennessey. She was preceded in death by: her husband of 40 years, Ernest J. Buisson; Jr., her parents, Theodore V. Hennessey and Thelma Salvant Hennessey; and her sisters, Jacklyn Hennessey Ortiz and Joycelyn Hennessey Keelen.

She leaves behind: her daughters, Judith Buisson Babin (Barry) and Tracie Buisson Corales (Kevin); her sons, Ernest J. Buisson III (Jacque) and Robert Edmund Buisson (Susan); her brother, Theodore V. Hennessey, Jr.; her grandchildren, Jennifer Babin Collins, B. Michael Babin, Jr., Ernest J. Buisson, IV., Benjamin J. Buisson, Rebecca Buisson, Rachel Buisson Dailey, Robert Edmund Buisson, Jr., Emily Corales, Abigail Corales, and Ella Corales; her great-grandchildren: Caroline, K. Andrew, Julianne, Analiese, Christian, and Kyle Collins; Brady and Brooke Babin; Pierce, Paxton, and Porter Buisson; Blaire and Beau Buisson; and William Dailey.

Shirley married her husband, Ernest, at St. Joseph Catholic Church on September 25, 1947. Her primary vocation in life was to act as homemaker for her family, though she also had an active life in the community. She was a parishioner of St. Angela Merici Catholic Church, and also served as president of NAIM Kenner St. Phillip Neri. She was a member of NAIM Robert E. Lee, an avid card-player at The Bridge Center and the St. Francis Xavier sharing program. She enjoyed her weekly dinner-and-a-movie events with her friends. She also enjoyed playing tennis until she broke an elbow—this just meant that she would take up golfing next! She will be dearly missed. Services are Private.

In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Due to the current extenuating circumstances, we ask that those who wish to express their condolences or share fond memories do so at www.lakelawnmetairie.com


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Rose Magri

May 18, 2020

Shirley came into our clock shop "It's About Time" to buy a clock. We were so impressed with her we asked if she would like to work in the shop, and luckily for us she did. Shirely was the best associate we ever had. She was dignified, personable, classy and the perfect person for us. Our other employees were very impressed with her.
Shirley became family and we deeply cared for her. She stayed with us until we retired.
She will always be in our hearts. So very sorry she has left us, God has a new flower in Heaven. She will be missed.

Rose & Earl Magri

Laris DeSalvo

May 18, 2020

So sorry for your loss. Prayers for you and your family.

Kenny Spellman

May 18, 2020

On behalf of the Brothers of the Sacred Heart Alumni Association and Brother Martin High School, I offer our prayers and condolences. We will say a Mass in his memory.

Father of all, we pray to you for Shirley, and for all those whom we love but see no longer. Grant to them eternal rest. Let light perpetual shine upon them. May his soul and the souls of all the departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

Kenny Spellman ’84
Brother Martin High School

Jane Meyer

May 17, 2020

I had the privilege of playing with Shirley at the Bridge Center.She was one of the most delightful people I have ever met.When I found out that she was Judy Babin’s mother and Jenny’s grandmother that just added to the fun of playing with her. I am so sorry for your loss. She was such a fun person .She loved her family so much and shared some of her best memories with all of us. I will keep all of you and Shirley in my prayers. Fondly, Jane Meyer

Bean & Frank Faulstich

May 16, 2020

JuJu & Barry:
We are so sorry to hear about your loss. We never met Shirley, but she sounded like an extraordinary mom. It is truly a difficult time for you, but she is now at peace. God bless you and your family.

Beth Prince

May 16, 2020

So sad to hear! I would see Mrs. Shirley at mass at St. Angela. Such a strong and compassionate lady. I will keep all of you in my prayers.

Sharon A. Galman (Funeral Director)

May 15, 2020

The entire staff at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home wishes to express our sincere condolences.


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