Colette Marie Pierre Anderson left this earthly existence on April 16, 2018 at the young age of 54. The eldest daughter of Warren and the late Nora A. Pierre, Colette sought to create a life defined by her own terms. Marriage, family and faith were guiding cornerstones for her life. The greatest joy of her existence was found in the birth of her daughter, Mea Christian Anderson. Colette worked hard to be a devoted and loving mother even in the midst of life’s challenges. She treasured every moment with Mea and wanted her to have the best experiences of girlhood.
In her professional life, Colette worked as a local political activist. She served as an integral member of the campaign for trailblazing judge, the Honorable Madeline Jasmine. Also, Colette was an active member of the local National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) for many years. She helped in the planning of events to support youth awareness and promote the organization. It was during her years, actively engaged with the NAACP, that she met and married Malcolm Anderson. Colette achieved her dream of having a family with the birth of Mea in the year 2000 after enduring a pregnancy riddled with medical complications.
Prior to Mea’s birth, Colette worked to lay the foundation for Ande’s Bridal Salon as co-owner of the storefront in Plaquemine, Louisiana. The store opened in 1998 and has survived difficult business terrain for the past twenty years. Its success if partly due to Colette’s work during its incubation.
Her early life included studying at Loyola University in New Orleans where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting. While living in New Orleans, Colette had the unique experience of working at the Louisiana World’s Fair. She drove the monorail at the World’s Fair in the areas now occupied by the Riverwalk and Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.
With God, Colette faced and overcame tremendous adversity. She had recently begun to chronicle her experiences in inspirational writings to help others facing difficulties. Her strength was made evident during her last days of life as she continually rallied despite physical frailty. Repeatedly defying medical expectations, Colette was able to bring many people together in loving fellowship and mutual support.
She leaves behind her daughter, Mea; her father, Deacon Warren R. Pierre I; siblings: Trisha (Ernest); Warren, II; Atoundra (Reginald) and Emile (Nakeisha); aunts and uncles: James (Katherine), Darrell (Jennifer); Marian (Prescott) and, Jessie Mae (the late Alexander). Her nieces, nephews, friends, aunts and cousins mourn the loss of this uncommon woman. She is preceded in death by her mother, Nora Allen Pierre; grandparents, Rufus and Anita Pierre, Thomas Allen, Sr. and Pearl Bastain; her uncles: Alvin Pierre, Alexander Allen, Sr.; Theophile Haydel, Sr.; Thomas Allen, Jr. and Ronald Gaudet; and her aunts: Priscilla Haydel and Glenda Gaudet.
Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday, April 21, 2018 for 10:00am from St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Father Robustiano Morgia, celebrant. Viewing from 8:00am until service time. Private burial to follow. Treasures of Life Funeral Services, 315 E Airline Hwy, Gramercy, LA entrusted with her final care.
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