Notable deaths of 2019 in Louisiana

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BATON ROUGE, La. (FOX 44) (LOCAL 33) 2019 was a year with many memorable moments, but also many notable losses.

First on our list, Governor Kathleen Blanco.

Blanco served 20 years in public office and was the first woman to become Governor of Louisiana.

Blanco served during some of Louisiana’s most trying times such as during Hurricane Katrina.

Blanco died August 18th, 2019 after a long battle with a rare form of ocular cancer.

“If we open our eyes, plan with our brains, lead with our hearts, we can affect vast change in our world,” Blanco said in one of her last appearances before her death.

Sadie Roberts Joseph spent her life working to educate about African American Culture. She often spoke of her love for children and the value of education.

“When we come to february we can celebrate who we are and what we have done and help others see what we have done to contribute to this country,” Ms. Sadie once said.

Roberts-Joseph was the founder of the Odell S. Williams “Now and Then” Museum.

Roberts-Joseph was killed on July 12, 2019. Ronn Jermaine Bell Sr. was indicted for second-degree murder on November 13th for her death.

Creole Queen Leah Chase was a civil rights icon and famous creole chef.

Chase’s restaurant was a common meeting place for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Thurgood Marshall.

Baton Rouge Chef Holly Clegg also makes the list. Clegg is famous for putting a healthy twist on meals.

Clegg developed meals for patients suffering with cancer, arthritis and diabetes.

Clegg lost her own battle with cancer in November of 2019.

New Orleans News Anchor Nancy Parker was killed in a plane crash in August of 2019.

Parker worked at WVUE for almost a quarter of a century. She also worked at a TV station in Baton Rouge for six years. She was 53 years old.

Most recently, beloved Sports Reporter Carley McCord.

McCord is remembered for her stellar work ethic on and off the field. She is survived by her husband, the son of LSU Offensive Coordinator Steve Ensminger.

Ensminger coached the LSU Tigers just after hearing about the plane crash that took McCord’s life.

McCord will be laid to rest just after the New Year’s begins on Saturday January 4th.

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