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Claire R. Battiste

Claire R. Battiste departed this life at 93 years old. She passed away peacefully and received her wings on October 17, 2022. Her departure reminds us that angels are watching over us. Born Claire Rose Clavo, she was the daughter of the late Arthur Clavo and Norma Reine Clavo. Claire was raised in New Orleans and grew up in the 7th ward where she and her husband owned their own restaurant and bar. Claire was a seamstress by trade at Wembleys, as well as a crossing guard for the 3rd district police department at Parkview Elementary School. Claire or Mom Battiste as she was known, was a lifelong active member of St. Gabriel the Archangel Roman Catholic Church. She was a member of the Altar Society and received the Order of St. Louis IX Medallion, an award for extraordinary services to the church. Claire is survived by her children Samuel A. Battiste III (Beverly), Sharon B. LeBlanc, (Josh) and Edith A. Battiste, Son-in-law Ralph A. Gaspard, (Joycelyn) and Barbara Hornsby. Her grandchildren, Janelle B. Jessie (Elliot), Ralph A. Gaspard II, (Rachel), Samuel A. Battiste IV, (Bree’Anne), Toni O. Battiste, Anthony J. Battiste, Jade Forest, Quiana Jones, and Kristen Scott (Thomas). Great grandchildren, Gabrielle and Elijah Gaspard, SaMon Costley, Sanaa, Semaj, Bailey and Ryenn Battiste, Bailey D. Anthony, Andrew Jasmin, Kenzi and Karsyn Scott, Alexis and Dominic Hornsby and three sisters-in-law, Mary Chevalier, Naomi Clavo and Doretha Clavo and a host of Relatives and Friends. She was proceeded in death by her husband, the late Samuel A. Battiste Jr., daughters Sylvia Ann Battiste and Linda Battiste Gaspard. Her siblings, the late Eloise Alexis, Arthur Clavo Jr., Raymond Clavo, Alvin Clavo and George Chevalier. Claire never remarried after the death of her husband, and we take comfort knowing that she will be rejoined with him. Our mother was a gift from God to demonstrate His love for us. No one could ever love us like God but our mother. But we take solace in the fact that we’ll meet again someday.


  • Her Celebration of Life and Memorial Services will be held at St. Gabriel the Archangel Roman Catholic Church, 4700 Pineda St. New Orleans, LA. 70126 on Saturday October 29, 2022, (Visitation at 9am, Rosary at 9:15am, with Words of Remembrance immediately following), Mass at 10am, followed by Burial Services at St. Louis Cemetery No. 3, 3412 Esplanade Ave. New Orleans, LA 70119.


  • Family and Friends are invited to come share fond memories and stories of her life at St. Gabriel’s Parish Hall, 4700 Pineda St, New Orleans LA. 70126.


  • In lieu of flowers, the family asks that mass intentions be offered in Claire’s name to St. Gabriel the Archangel Roman Catholic Church. The family requests that masks be worn when entering the church and for the duration of the services.



Professional Services entrusted to Heritage Funeral Services located at 4101 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans, LA 70117.

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