Blanche Francis


Age: 89

civic activist and wife of Xavier University president emeritus Norman C. Francis who was a member of Women of the Storm, a group that flew to Washington three times after Hurricane Katrina to secure money to restore the Gulf Coast after the storm (and later the British Petroleum oil spill) and to persuade representatives and senators to visit the area to see the devastation first-hand, and who was also a community leader in New Orleans for more than 50 years.

Cause of Death: Complications of dementia and respiratory arrest

Born: October 31, 1925

Died: October 12, 2015

New Orleans, Louisiana