Annamary Kelly Miester, beloved wife, mother and grandmother, passed away on Monday, Sept. 7, 2020, at Chateau de Notre Dame Nursing Home. She was 87. A lifelong resident of the New Orleans area, she attended Sophie B. Wright High School and Loyola University, where she majored in education and served on the homecoming court. Following her graduation, she taught elementary school for five years before marrying her husband of 44 years, Donald J. Miester, and becoming a stay-at-home mom. A devout Catholic, she was a longtime parishioner of St. Pius X and St. Francis Xavier Catholic churches. Annamary nurtured a lifelong love of gardening and floral design. In 1965, she became an original member of Pratt Park Garden Club, eventually serving three terms as president. After moving to Lakeshore in 1968, she joined Lakeshore Garden Club and Lakeview Botany Guild. She went on to serve as president of Lakeview Botany Guild and was named Lakeview Botany Guild’s Woman of the Year four times. In 1987, she served as president of the Federated Council of New Orleans Garden Clubs, and she received FCNOGC’s Woman of the Year Award in 1989. After moving to Metairie in 1992, she joined Rambling Rose Garden Club, where she served as the club’s yearbook chairman for many years. At the state level, Annamary served as president of the Louisiana Garden Club Federation in 2005-06, leading the organization through the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. She holds Life Memberships in the Louisiana Garden Club Federation, Deep South Garden Clubs and National Garden Clubs. An NGC Accredited Master Flower Show Judge, Annamary served as president of the Louisiana Council of Nationally Accredited Flower Show Judges in 2007. She was also active in the New Orleans Woman’s Club, serving as president of the Junior Membership, and was a member of numerous social and carnival organizations, including Les Nouvelles and Les Marionettes. Annamary loved animals, mystery novels and whodunnits, the Saints and, most of all, her friends and family. Survivors include her children, Alison Miester (and husband Greg Corcoran), Donald Miester Jr. and Mark Miester (and wife Laurie), and her two beloved grandchildren, Caitlin Corcoran (and fiancé Daniel Burke) and Julia Miester. She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald J. Miester Sr., and her parents, Thomas M. Kelly and the former Lillian M. Giordano.
A memorial service in her honor will be held at a future date. The family wishes to thank the staff of Chateau de Notre Dame Nursing Home, who assisted and cared for Annamary for the past four years. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Jefferson SPCA. Arrangements by JACOB SCHOEN & SON, 3827 Canal St. New Orleans, LA 70119.
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