Seasonal Jackson Hole resident Dorothy Nelle Storey Charbonnet died peacefully at her home in New Orleans on Jan. 22. She was 81. Her family provided the following.
Dottie, as she was known to family and friends, is survived by her devoted husband of 60 years, John Denechaud Charbonnet, son Jack and his wife Martha, son Storey and his wife Anne Lynne, daughter Anne Charbonnet Goliwas and her husband Billy, sister Anne Storey Carty and her husband Paul, and eight grandchildren. She was predeceased by her brother, Joseph B. Storey Jr.
Born Oct. 13, 1938, in Shreveport, Louisiana, to Dorothy Nelle Storey and J.B. Storey, Dottie graduated from the Academy of the Sacred Heart in 1956, attended Rosemont College in Pennsylvania and graduated from Sophie Newcomb College in 1960. She was a member and an officer of Pi Beta Phi and was named to Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.
Dottie was active in numerous community activities. In 1983 she was honored as the Queen of the Mystic Club. She served as president of the Sacred Heart Alumnae Board, a board on which she served for many years, and in 1990 she was named Sacred Heart Alumna of the Year. Dottie also served as president of the Junior League of New Orleans and the New Orleans Town Gardeners.
Devoted to her family and friends, Dottie loved to entertain, and many friends called her the “perfect hostess.” In her spare time she traveled extensively with John and their friends. These trips included pilgrimages to Rome, the Holy Land, and the Marian shrines of Lourdes and Medjugorje.
Mardi Gras was a significant part of Dottie’s life. She understood its customs, traditions and the community spirit it fosters, and with her family she contributed year after year to its success. She was the wife of a Rex and mother of a Rex queen. She would never miss a Rex ball or a Meeting of the Courts. In sum, Dottie loved the life the good Lord gave her. Despite the progression of her Parkinson’s disease, Dottie refused to allow it to dominate her life.
A Child of Mary, Dottie was a devout Roman Catholic. She was a member of the Holy Name of Jesus Parish and a longtime Cenacle retreatant. She was a Patron of the Arts of the Vatican Museums and a member of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem and the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of Saint John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and Malta. Dottie was one of the founders of the Willwoods Community.
About 17 years ago Dottie fell in love with the beauty and grace of the Grand Tetons. She spent much of her year in Jackson Hole, attending Our Lady of the Mountains and spending time with close friends who came from similar backgrounds. They loved to float the river and supported the National Museum of Wildlife Art.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Academy of the Sacred Heart or the Pro Bono Publico Foundation.
A Liturgy of the Resurrection was be celebrated Saturday at Holy Name of Jesus Church of New Orleans.