Memorial: SOC Founder Mary Louise Christovich passes away at age 89


Mary Louise Mossy Christovich, Founder of Save Our Cemeteries


Dear Save Our Cemeteries Supporters and Friends:

It is with a heavy heart that SOC announces the passing of our wonderful and accomplished founder, Mary Louise Christovich.

Mrs. Christovich long exemplified an extraordinary level of commitment to historic preservation.  In 1974, a plan was introduced to demolish the fragile and crumbling wall vaults surrounding St. Louis Cemetery No. 2. Mrs. Christovich’s passion and love for the history and architecture of our local cemeteries motivated her to form a group of like-minded citizens to advocate against the proposal. After a long and hard battle, these wall vaults were not only saved, her newly formed organization, Save Our Cemeteries, raised the funds to stabilize and restore them.

Her group soon realized the need to preserve and protect all of New Orleans’ historic cemeteries and today, Save Our Cemeteries remains the only non-profit organization in the city solely dedicated the preservation, promotion, and protection of the historic cemeteries of New Orleans.

Mrs. Christovich was not only a preservation advocate, she was an educator, philanthropist, and author of six publications focusing on historic architecture in New Orleans. Her most recent publication Garden Legacy is a beautifully written and visually stunning account of the history of the French-American tradition of landscape design and horticultural study.

She also served as a board member and volunteer for many local community groups and non-profits, including The Historic New Orleans Collection, the Louisiana State Museum, Friends of the Cabildo, the Louisiana Council for the Vieux Carre, the Central Business District Improvement Association, Louisiana Landmarks Society, and Preservation Resource Center.

Mrs. Christovich’s achievements are numerous. She was a treasure to the people of New Orleans and all of Louisiana, and an inspiration and great mentor to me during my time here at Save Our Cemeteries. The Board, staff, and I are fortunate and honored to continue on with her good work.

We shall miss you dearly, Mary Lou.

Amanda Walker, Executive Director                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 & the Board and Staff at Save Our Cemeteries

A memorial ceremony for Mrs. Christovich will take place on Wednesday, January 3, 2017, at noon, at The Historic New Orleans Collection’s Williams Research Center, 410 Chartres Street, in the French Quarter.