Mrs. Louise V. D'Anjou

Passed 09/12/2018

Obituary for Mrs. Louise V. D'Anjou

Louise Victoria Brown was born in Portland, Jamaica on April 12, 1947 to Joseph and Keziah Brown. She is the 3rd of 5 children (Keith, Youtan, Dorothy, Carlton) born to her parents.

Louise loved to read and her parents stressed the importance of education-a value passed down generations. She attended Tranquility Primary School, St. Martin’s High School in Kingston, and graduated with a degree in nursing from the University Hospital of West Indies.

She later met and married Dr. Thomas Alexander D’Anjou at the University Hospital of the West Indies. Together, they moved to New York City and had four children, Darion Kayode, Christopher Rayhan (1976-1977), Tamara-Louise Aziza, and Liana Alexis Dalila. As a family, they moved to Decatur GA, opened Suburban Medical Center, developed a love of board games, and played tennis. She was passionate about her work as a Registered Nurse at Emory Hospital and Dekalb Medical Center. In 1993, Louise joined Big Bethel AME Church, the church that stayed in her heart and where she felt most at home.

In 2002, Louise was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. With her fierce spirit and love of life, she triumphed “against all odds” as her oncologist’s longest patient until 2018. She was surrounded by her cherished children (Darion, Dafne, Liana, Tammi, Derrick), grandchildren (Cyan, Andrew, Sean), siblings (Carlton, Joyce, Youtan, Catherine, Dorothy), sister-cousins (Lorna, Marcia, Maureen, Karlene, Janet, Ruby), several nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends who will all miss her dearly.

Celebration of life service will be September 28, 2018, Big Bethel A.M.E. Church at 11:00 AM. Viewing from 9:00AM until the hour of service. 220 Auburn Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30303. A repast at Big Bethel will follow the service. Grissom-Clark Funeral Home.

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Sending prayers, hugs, and love to the D'Anjou family.

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I would like to send my condolences and prayers to the entire D'Anjou family during this time. From Michael Turner

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From Mr. Anderson and Mrs. Pearlie Turner We send prayers and continued love to the entire family. Tammi, Liana, and Darion, we love you and pray for continued comfort.

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I had the privelege of meeting Louise over 40 years ago. Needless to say, she was charming with great intellect. I’m happy to say that in our last discussion, we spoke about eternity. She emphasized that we ought to be ready. So, it is with joy and a comforting spirit to know that she was ready for her call. My sincere condolences to the family at home and abroad. Dr. Elaine D. Earlington

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I met Louise in 1974 at Mt. Sinai Hospital, pediatric unit in NYC. We became fast friends as we experienced living in NY. She had a lovely apartment and I got to meet Tom and if I can remember, Darian as well. I was engaged to a medical student so we both had equal opportunity to commiserate together. One day, I told Louise that we should have a girl’s night out. All we had to do was go home and get dressed. In those days, when you lived in NY you ALWAYS dressed up when going somewhere. There was a knock on my apartment door and there stood beautiful Louise. Aha had a surprised look on her face as did I. My family had surprised me with a wedding shower on that same night that we were going out! Wall to wall people in my small apartment. Well, I just looked at Louise and invited her in. We all had a blast! Even some of my family members that were shocked at seeing the first centerfold from Cosmopolitan magazine hanging on the back of my bathroom door... Burt Reynolds! Louise had already met him. Her laugh was contagious! As the years went by, we kept in touch. I moved out west and eventually settled in Tucson, Arizona. Yes, she did visit here and time apart never hurt our friendship. I invited her out again to go boating on the Colorado. Well, I will raise a glass to her as we cruise the river next month. She will be missed by all. She was a beautiful person .. inside and out. My love to you all. Keep in touch. Love, Christine

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My sincerest condolences to the D'Anjou family. My hope is that you will find comfort in your positive, loving memories of your mother and grandmother. You are in my prayers. With great sympathy, Steve Perlow

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I loved your laugh. It was hearty and genuine and free. That is what I remember most: you laughed freely. It made others want to laugh just to join in. I first met you when I took a roadtrip to Atlanta with Tammie and some other buddies. You opened your home to us. I honestly don’t know how much you were laughing that weekend, with a bunch of raucous college students in your house for the whole weekend after a long day of work. We must have driven you crazy. But before long, you Atlanta Mom. You provided advice, encouragement, and every once in a while, shade...but in good fun. Way before Black Girl Magic, you were someone who showed me that a woman could be educated, have a career, raise amazing kids, and still have a strong personality and a great sense of humor. I wish I’d told you how much I admired you when I had the chance. I really admired you. Just so you know, I really admired you. Harmony

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I have so many found memories of Mrs. D’Anjou. One of the most striking, was when I was a young, financially challenged law student, seeking employment. A bunch of us students descended on her house, depleted her food stores, filled every available space, and basically took over her home as we prepped for interviews. She didn’t even bat an eye, but welcomed us with open arms. That may not mean much to you, but such acts of kindness have stayed with me and made a lasting impression on my life. She has always had an open door policy for me and my questionable crew. Over the years, she has continually imparted sage words of wisdom. And I have been impressed by her ability to remain full of hope and love despite life’s challenges. Her example has been motivating to me. We all need people in our lives, like her, who encourage us to reach higher and higher still. My life is richer for having known her. And I thank God for the amazing legacy she leaves behind in all of us. I pray that God’s supernatural peace and love overtakes each of her children, Darion, Tamara, and Liana, her entire family, and all of us, as we celebrate the life of this incredible woman.

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Mrs. D'Anjou was one of the most vibrant, funny, and wise women I have had the honor to meet. I met her through my dear friend Tamara, who is her oldest daughter. I was a free spirit law student bumbling my way through life's decisions. I will never forget how a suitor (my now husband) bought me a sweet memento, which I promptly forgot and left at Mrs. D'anjou's home. Mrs. D'anjou sat me down and explained to me to take the time to appreciate when someone thinks of you enough to do something kind from the heart. She made me pause and take notice of my life and to really take stock. That is the lesson I learned from her, to slow down and appreciate your loved ones and to never take for granted kindness, sincerity, and love when it is offered to you. I loved Mrs. D'anjou and my heart aches for Tamara, Darion, Liana and all the family and friends who like me were blessed to know and love her.

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I would like to offer my condolences to the D'Anjou family and may God be a refuge and strength in your time of sorrow.(Psalms 46:1)

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Dear Family, Please accept my sincere condolences on the loss of your loved one. Almighty God has a longing to undo all that death has caused. (Revelation 21:4) By means of a resurrection, all who have died will live again. (Acts 9:36-41) May you be comforted beyond measure with these promises from God. (Titus 1:2)

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