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Official Obituary of

Alice (Huffman) Musso

November 15, 1922 ~ February 8, 2024 (age 101) 101 Years Old

Alice Musso Obituary

Alice Huffman Musso, devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend passed away on February 8, 2024, at the amazing age of 101 years old.

Visitation and Mass of the Resurrection

Friday, February 23, 2024

St. Edward the Confessor Church

4921 W. Metairie Ave., Metairie, LA 70001

Visitation at 10:00 am and Mass at 12:00 pm

Inurnment will take place at St. Louis Cemetery #3 in New Orleans following the Mass

Alice is survived by her children Tom Musso (Carol), Kathy High (Jeff), Joey Musso (Lisa) and Theresa LaBauve (Beau), her daughter-in-law Cindy Musso, as well as her grandchildren Michelle Lewis (Todd), Tommy Musso, Melissa Vasinda, Chris Musso (Catie), Robby Musso, Timmy Musso, Stacey Musso, Robbie High (Jennifer), Jimmy High (Charlene), Krissie Myrick, Katie Moretti (Dave), Josh Musso (Angie), Amanda Musso, Jacob LaBauve (Cassie), Jordan LaBauve, and Joseph LaBauve. She is also survived by her sister Martha Ann Campbell and by her 27 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Alice was preceded in death by her husband of 35 years Joe Musso, her son Bobby Musso, her brothers Sonny, Collie, Buddy and Francis Huffman, and her sisters Gladys Gilbert and Mary Ellen Feder.

Alice was born in Bellville, Texas, to Alice Jane Colleton and Thomas Huffman. She spoke often of her younger days and recalled that while growing up, her home had neither electricity nor running water. When Papa asked her for a glass of water, Alice ran outside to the well, raised the bucket, then poured water into his glass. Alice completed her schoolwork at night by the light of an oil lamp. She reminisced about drinking milk that wasn’t homogenized, as it came straight from their own cow. She spoke of her family picking cotton together under the hot Texas sun as her Mama sat under the shade tree caring for little Martha Ann. They did what they could to survive the Great Depression.

Alice smiled when she talked about her school days saying she’d sometimes lean sideways, so her brother Francis could see her test answers. She also remembered getting into trouble for hitting a boy with a book because he tried to steal her only sheet of paper. Alice grinned while thinking back to a time when she was a bit older, when she and Gladys would go for a drive. She said she slid behind the steering wheel, while Gladys literally cranked up the car before jumping in for the ride! Alice had such fun memories like shooting marbles with Papa, playing baseball for the Bellville team (and sometimes for Sealy), working at the dime store, and her visit one summer with her Aunt Kate’s family so far away in Kansas City.

After graduating from High School, Alice left Bellville to seek employment in Galveston. World War II was rumbling. One night at the USO, during a sing-a-long at the piano, Alice met Joe Musso (US Coast Guard) who became the love of her life. In 1945 they wed in St. Mary’s Cathedral Basilica in Galveston and enjoyed a breakfast reception that included a wedding cake made possible by friends sharing their sugar rations to help Alice’s dream come true. The happy couple lived in New Orleans for all of their marriage. They were blessed with five children and a multitude of grand and great-grandchildren. Of course, it’s surely worth mentioning Tippy. Tippy was a mangy stray newborn puppy that Joe saved from the highway and brought home for Alice to nurse to good health. Alice was smitten, and Tippy remained loyal to Alice for life.

Alice lived her life with a positive attitude. Her priorities were God and family. Her love was unconditional. She was an adoring wife, a nurturing mother, and even, some years, an elementary school teacher. Because she and Joe invested in property, she was a landlord, too, which could be hard work at times but helped pay the bills. She enjoyed playing cards, bingo and slot machines and was an outstanding bowler! Additionally, she truly treasured visiting with family both near and far. In New Orleans, as Joe’s wife, she was a happy and integral part of the daily machinations of the Musso family. For many of her married years, though, she eagerly made an annual train ride “home” to Texas to reunite with her own kin. Later in life, she drove or flew, but get back there she would, never forgetting her roots.

Sadly, after 35 years of a joy-filled marriage, Alice lost Joe to cancer. She was heartbroken, but clung to God and family to help her cope.

Eventually, she became a world traveler - France, Italy, Scotland, Singapore, Mexico, England, Turkey, Egypt, the Caribbean, Panama, Ireland, Canada, Israel, Bosnia…. Alice marveled at the world God created. A couple of times, she simply hopped on a plane to meet her son Tom whose work sometimes brought him to foreign countries. In between trips, Alice volunteered at church. She felt especially blessed to have been called to be a Eucharist minister, and she exalted in leading the congregation in reciting the rosary. Oftentimes, her church family became part of her own family.

Alice will be remembered by her children for always believing in them and for her unfailing love. She’ll also be remembered for her mouth-watering culinary specialties: fried fish (because Joe caught so many!), paneed meat, fried chicken, stuffed artichokes, Sunday roasts, Thanksgiving turkeys, oyster dressing, spaghetti and meatballs, Italian Napoli, seed cakes and hot fudge (her sister Mary Ellen’s recipe) for ice cream. She’ll be thought of fondly for handsewing sequins on dance costumes and family wedding gowns, for ironing uniforms in the Louisiana heat, for folding thousands of newspapers for Joey’s paper route, and for creating trendy dresses for each of her daughters’ proms and others for Kathy’s high school senior trip. Alice was a woman in motion - dashing up and down the staircase doing housework, rushing off to attend daily Mass followed by power walking through the park with her friend Gwen, bowling in daytime leagues, meeting friends for lunch, bingo on Friday night, and jumping in the car at a moment’s notice when beckoned by family or friends. Thank goodness Bobby helped keep her car in top condition!

Her grandkids claim that Mamaw gave the best warm cushy hugs and that the walls of her house radiated comfort and love. Christmas in Alice’s home felt magical each year for all who were there. Likewise, Summer vacations at Alice’s house were predictably fun, easy going and delicious for kids and adults alike. Alice’s door was always open to friends and family. From her 75th birthday forward, Alice was celebrated with the grandest of birthday parties, and her joy overflowed!

Alice from Bellville, Texas, lived a full, God-centered life, most of it in New Orleans. She prayed, played, worked and loved with all that was within her for more than 101 years. After a life well lived, God called her to her eternal home. Even now, however, she’s probably telling the heavenly hosts, “You can take a girl out of Texas, but you can’t take Texas out of the girl!” 

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Services

Visitation
Friday
February 23, 2024

10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
St. Edward the Confessor Church
4921 W. Metairie Ave.
Metairie, LA 70001

Funeral Mass
Friday
February 23, 2024

12:00 PM
St. Edward the Confessor Church
4921 W. Metairie Ave.
Metairie, LA 70001

Inurnment
Friday
February 23, 2024

1:00 PM
St. Louis Cemetery #3
3421 Esplanade Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70119

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