Alma Newsom died one month before her 98th birthday. Born in Magazine, Arkansas on May 8th 1920, she was a wonderful person, so giving in many ways.

During World War II she proudly served in the Women’s Marine Corps. After the war, she married her sweetheart, Dr. Leo Dale Newsom, and they moved to Ithaca, New York for him to complete his PhD at Cornell University. From there they moved to Baton Rouge where Dale, became a Boyd Professor at LSU, and Alma received her Master’s Degree, majoring in English.

They spent the remainder of their lives in Baton Rouge. Alma was a pioneer in the voluntary tutoring program at several Baton Rouge public schools. Her love for reading began at an early age, when she would anxiously await the arrival of the Kansas City Star Newspaper on the front porch of her childhood home in Magazine, Arkansas. That newspaper carried a column written by Eleanor Roosevelt titled “My Day.” She was a great admirer of Mrs. Roosevelt.

Her faith in God was unshakable and she was a longtime member of the First Presbyterian Church. Alma loved to travel; she and Dale traveled around the world during their lives together.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Asa and Lily Lloyd Green, her husband Dr. Leo Dale Newsom, a son William Newsom, a daughter Colette Guidry, five brothers and three sisters. She is survived by her daughter Jeannette Patterson and husband Pat, Mary Guidry and husband Joe, one brother Logan Green, and numerous grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at First Presbyterian Church Chapel, 763 North Boulevard, Baton Rouge, LA 70802, May 4th at 10 a.m, In lieu of flowers, please direct any donations in Alma’s memory to the First Presbyterian Church Foundation, 763 North Boulevard Baton Rouge, LA 70802.