Laure Swanner Walsh, 64, passed away October 28th, 2022, at her Scaly Mountain home. She was preceded by her husband of 28 years, James Walsh Sr. and will be dearly missed by her two loving children, Ali Mae Walsh and James Walsh Jr.
Born in New Orleans on December 15th of 1957 she is the daughter of the late Alvin Earnest Swanner and Rita Hewson Swanner. Laure grew up closely among her three siblings; Michael Swanner (Lori), Susan Swanner (Scott), and Holly Jarrett (Keith) and was a beloved Aunt to many nieces and nephews.
As the flower-child of the family, Laure naturally pursued a Bachelor of Science in Horticulture at USL in Lafayette, LA. After graduating with Highest Honors, Laure became known for her expert care of interior plants throughout the New Orleans Central Business District. She loved to share her plant knowledge, passionately naming any plant on a whim.
Laure met the love of her life, Jim Walsh while living in Pass Christian, Mississippi. Soon after, her love for plants and family transformed when her father purchased Chateau Golf & County Club and she began landscaping the grounds and surrounding areas; all while exploring her passion for cooking, taking classes by night.
In 1994, Laure married Jim and together they worked at The Club, Laure now as Executive Chef. They soon began a family of their own raising two children in Kenner, around the corner from her parents and sister.
They enjoyed traveling, camping in North Carolina, and abroad with family and her dearest friends. She loved trips to Boston to visit Jim’s family and summer holidays in Ocean Springs with her extended family.
Laure loved the country life and built a barn home on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi near where her and Jim’s love first began. The property became a favorite of Laure’s where she held camp for nieces, nephews and her friend’s children while gardening and raising chickens.
Although life took a turn in 2005, when Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, Laure decided it was time to move her family to their cherished town of Highlands, NC. In this quaint mountain town her life blossomed, becoming deeply involved within the community, schools, and church.
After building a home in Scaly Mountain, Laure joined the Scaly Mountain Women’s Club and developed everlasting friendships. She put her whole heart into everything she did, Laure was a passionate volunteer, caring mother, wonderful friend and sister.
To many, Laure showed her love through cooking meals and throwing fabulous parties true to her Louisiana roots. Her most loved meals were Crawfish Pies, Muﬀulettas, Gumbo and Charbroiled Oysters.
A memorial mass will be held 10:30 am on November 10th at Our Lady of the Mountains in Highlands oﬃciated by Father Jason Barone. Laure will be dearly missed. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Scaly Mountain Women’s Club Scholarship Fund: P.O Box 64, Scaly Mountain, NC 28775.
Online condolences can be made at www.maconfuneralhome.com.
Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.