OBITUARY

Mary Lee Batiste

January 16, 1934May 5, 2019

Mary Lee Chretien Batiste was born January 16, 1934, in Elton Louisiana. Mary went to the Lord on May 5, 2019 at the age of 85. She is preceded in death by her parents, Willie and Alexine Chretien, sister Rita Collins, and two brothers Wilbert Chretien and Roy Chretien. Mary Lee married James Batiste on July 24, 1955. After James retired from the Air Force in 1971, he and Mary relocated with their six children to Tucson, AZ. Mary Lee’s greatest joys were her husband, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Her home was one of her proudest accomplishments. She successfully raised her children, was a loving wife and welcomed all in her immaculate, beautifully decorated home. Mary Lee is survived by her husband of 63 years, James Batiste and her children: James Batiste, Jr. (Janet), Roxann Batiste, Jacqueline S. Cook (Vernon), Annette Chaisson (Greg), Karen Batiste, and Kevin Batiste (Sarah). She also leaves twelve grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Mary Lee was dearly loved by all and will be greatly missed by everyone who was touched by her loving, welcoming spirit.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, May 10, 2019
  • Visitation Friday, May 10, 2019
  • Funeral Service Friday, May 10, 2019
  • Funeral Service Friday, May 10, 2019
  • Graveside Service Friday, May 10, 2019
  • Graveside Service Friday, May 10, 2019

Memories

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Brandon Hicks

May 7, 2019

Grandma Batiste was the matriarch and pillar of the Batiste family! She was a blessing to her own family and many other families in Tucson. Her and Granps were at every game for Alan and Cedric growing up whether it was basketball, baseball or football. She also loved her animals and I'll never forget Rags (Lhasa Apso) or her bird. It was my first time seeing a bird that someone owned and I always thought it was the coolest thing ever. Growing up, Mrs. Batiste would cook and invite family over to eat. My mom and I had Christmas and Thanksgiving over at Mrs. Batiste's house. Anyone is welcome to visit the "Queen of Creek Street." Grandma Batiste will be missed and we love her...Brandon Hicks

Greg Haase

May 7, 2019

I was blessed to have known Mrs. Batiste aka Grandma to many of us including myself. I always called her the nice mean lady :) As a little kid I would come over and she would always say "what you want" in a snarky tone. Then I'd come in to hang out with Alan and she'd kick us out of the house "get outta here, go play". A few hours later she would invite me over to have food and treat a 12 year old like a king. She was that way with me as a grown up to. I'd come over to visit and she'd say "what you want stranger"? Of course I probably deserved that cause I didn't come around as much. But then she would welcome me in and chat with me for an hour and was so friendly and welcoming. I loved her "mmm hmmm" when she talked. I especially loved her food. Spagetti was the best. I am forever greatful to have known her and for making me feel like a part of the family.

Cat Thornton-Jackson

May 7, 2019

Grandma welcomed me to her family as if I were one of her own. For a new transplant to Tucson that meant the world to me. My fondest memory was watching my Ravens play her Steelers in the playoffs. My team scored and I jumped for joy. Grandma gave me “that look” and told me to sit my butt down and be quiet. I sat with a big smile on my face because in that moment I felt “yep I am family!”

Cedric Cook

May 7, 2019

My grandma is the most loving and welcoming person I know. Didn’t matter who you were or where you came from she invited you in. Now when you leave, she might say something slick about you hahaha but while you were there she made you feel very comfortable. It happened to all of us. Her since of humor is like none I’ve ever seen. Even when she couldn’t speak anymore, her and I would still laugh. I’m pretty sure that’s where I get mine from. Grandma you are loved and are definitely missed. Amaya misses you too. I know the pain and suffering is gone and you’re able to dance again and for that I am very happy for you. I love you very much!

Cedric and Amaya ❤️

Judith VanMatre

May 7, 2019

I remember being invited to the Batiste's wedding anniversary surprise party. Just the most fun with all the Batiste children, grandchildren and friends. There was a photo review of important moments in their lives with musical interludes. When people were coming up the happy couple to say their memories, I jumped up and put my arms around the couple and said "Mom and Dad, I love you!".

Judith VanMatre

May 7, 2019

I remember being invited to the Batiste's wedding anniversary surprise party. Just the most fun with all the Batiste children, grandchildren and friends. There was a photo review of important moments in their lives with musical interludes. When people were coming up the happy couple to say their memories, I jumped up and put my arms around the couple and said "Mom and Dad, I love you!".

Anthony B. Collins

May 6, 2019

My favorite memory is when I would go visit my mom and dad and Auntie would call for my mom. Just the excitement of her voice talking to my mom brought joy to my heart. To hear the love and laughter of those two was just amazing and reminded me of family times back in Elton. Now they are together again with Roy, Pop and Momee.
To the family, walk your Faith. May our loving Heavenly Father give you comfort as you go through this valley experience and remember to stand on His promises. Love you guys.

Love you Auntie. Rest Well in the Lord.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY