Chloé Renée Lavoie, ballerina, artist, budding scientist, loyal friend, beloved and cherished by all who knew her well, born in New Orleans June 29, 2000, passed away unexpectedly July 29, 2018, at the age of 18.
Chloé is survived by her parents, Chad Dennis Lavoie and René Wells Lavoie and her brother, Lucas Lavoie, of New Orleans; paternal grandparents Dawn and Dennis Lavoie of Mandeville, Louisiana; paternal uncle Seth Lavoie and his partner Lisa Barilleau of New Orleans; maternal aunts: Nickole Wells Morales and her husband Antonio of Robertsdale, Alabama; Anna Wells Willis Wilkinson and her husband Joseph of Laurel, Mississippi; and Heather Wells of Waynesboro. She is also survived by two cousins, Benjamin and Abigail Willis of Laurel, Mississippi; as well as great aunts and uncles. Chloé was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents William F. Wells, Jr. and Billie Johnson Wells of New Orleans and an uncle, Scott Willis of Laurel, Mississippi.
With her family, her health care professionals, and her indomitable spirit, Chloé fought to tame mixed connective tissue disease which first manifested itself when she was eight years old. She possessed a unique perspective, an insatiable curiosity, an infectious joy and enthusiasm for life, and a fierce, stubborn determination to be her best at everything she pursued.
Chloé was a voracious reader and writer, never leaving home without a book to read or a journal to write and sketch in during her spare moments. She was a budding naturalist and animal enthusiast who found great happiness during her many years as a youth volunteer at the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas and the Audubon Insectarium.
Chloé was a lifelong dancer, recently performing in “Cinderella” as the Fairy Godmother with the New Orleans Dance Academy, with the Komenka Ethnic Dance Ensemble, and in “The Nutcracker” presented by the Jefferson Performing Arts Society. Chloé spent her last full day practicing ballet in the morning, and just before she went to bed for the night, she talked about how much fun she had dancing with her friends at a costume party earlier in the evening. Dressed as anime character Neopolitan, she performed an extemporaneous dance that cleared the floor and won raves and cheers from the crowd according to her friends.
Chloé graduated summa cum laude from Lusher Charter School in May 2018. She was a proud Lusher Scholar and received her school’s highest honor, a Diploma with Distinction, as well as the Excellence in French award, and a Certificate of Artistry in Visual Arts. Lusher awakened and nourished her passion for the arts, enabling her to express herself through painting, drawing, and sculpture. She created and displayed beautiful and surreal depictions of her passion for dance and ballet, of fantasies of her mind, and of the animals she loved. Chloé was eagerly planning to attend Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge in August to study sciences, visual arts, and dance.
We will forever miss our little green shoot, our blossoming young woman, beautiful in every way, our petite bundle of joy, admired and loved more than can ever be expressed.
Friends, family members, and all of those touched by her are invited to attend a celebration of Chloé on Saturday, August 4, 2018, at JACOB SCHOEN & SON, 3827 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA 70119. Visitation will begin at 11:00 am and a celebratory service will be held at 1:30 pm with a reception immediately following. Interment will be private.
While Chloé loved all flowers, and even used the name of the Greek goddess of flowers as one of her nicknames, in lieu of flowers her spirit may also be honored by donations to the Visual Arts Program at Lusher Charter School, 5624 Freret Street, NOLA 70115, (504) 304-3960.