“We do not want you to be ignorant about those who fall asleep, or to grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope. We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in Him.” 1 Thessalonians 4:13-14.Marie “Piper” Theresa Higginbotham Guitreau Losavio, 83,of Baton Rouge, LA, passed away peacefully on Monday, August 6, 2018, surrounded by her children and family members. She was a beloved wife, mother and homemaker, attended St George and St Jude Catholic Church, was a member of Catholic Daughters and a passionate LSU fan. Piper was born on July 16, 1935, in Plaquemine, LA to Thomas Weysinger and Mary Ella Alonzo Higginbotham as the fifth of eight children.
She was married to JW “Billy” Guitreau for over 30 years. She is survived by Billy and her two children, David Todd Guitreau and Marilyn Richardson of Baton Rouge and Ella “Deenie” Guitreau Chandler and husband, Robert of Gonzales, LA. Piper was also blessed to share her life with Dominick “Denny” Losavio for 20 years. Denny and daughter, Margaret Losavio Jolly preceded her in death. Piper is survived by sons and spouses: Samuel and Rebecca Losavio, Dennis and Susan Losavio, Stephen and Cynthia
Losavio, Thomas and Ava Losavio and Bill Jolly. She is preceded in death by her parents and siblings ,Rodney Wayne Higginbotham, Edward Higginbotham, Thomas Higginbotham, Jr., Gwendolyn Adams, Evelyn Faye Corsentino and Margaret McQueary. She is survived by her sister, Jackie Cashio of Baton Rouge. Even when Piper was in declining health, her smile would brighten when seeing her grandsons: Robby and Billy Chandler, Rusty Allen, Andrew, Bradley, Stephen, Scott, Paul, Daniel, Matthew, Wayne, Mark, Timothy and David Losavio; and granddaughters Katie Chandler, Jennifer Allen, Rose, Sarah, Mary Grace and Catherine Losavio, Kaye McIntyre, Elizabeth Jolly, Claire Willis, Anna McEvers, Deana Meredith, Rose Dedon, Lauren St. Romaine and Lynn
Highland. We wish to thank all of the caregivers and medical professionals at St. Clare Manor and Clarity Hospice for their selfless service to Piper. Services celebrating Piper’s life will be held on Thursday, August 9 from 5:00 – 8:00pm at Resthaven Funeral Home. A rosary will be said at 7pm. Friday, August 10, from 8:30-10:30am, visitation will be held at Resthaven. At 11:00 am, a Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St George Catholic Church presided by Father Paul Gros. Internment will immediately follow at Resthaven Garden of Memory. Pallbearers will be her beloved grandsons, Robby and Billy Chandler, Preston Denn, Wayne, Drew and Scott Losavio. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully asks to consider a donation in Piper Losavio’s memory to St Jude Children’s Research Hospital at 252 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105, stjude.org, or (800) 822-6344.
So sorry to hear of this precious lady passing. We were neighbors for years and my grandson Jax loved Ms. Piper! We would always meet at the mailbox and visit and solve the world ‘s problems! It hasn’t been the same without her. My thoughts and prayers are with y’all!
Tally AbrahamBaton Rouge, LA
Deannie and David we were so sorry to hear about Aunt Piper. Our thoughts are with you and your family.
Pat and Joii LohrParks, LA