Marguerite Baudoin was a one-of-a-kind diamond, and her love of life did not end with her death. She will always be remembered as a pure heart full of love and compassion. Marguerite passed away peacefully at 3:24am on September 14, 2023, at the age of 51, surrounded by loved ones who will honor her legacy by living their lives to the fullest – just as she always did.
Marguerite made her debut into the world in February 1972, in Lafayette, Louisiana, (three days before her future husband was born in the same hospital with the same doctor) and, in the most beautiful of ways, the world was never the same. She graduated from Louisiana State University in 1994 with a degree in economics, and for decades built a successful career as a financial planning and analysis executive for Web MD in Atlanta and then New Jersey/New York tri-state area until the firm was sold to private equity in 2017. She had a positive impact on everyone she encountered and was known for being a compassionate and meticulously diligent leader. And she was the life of the party wherever she went.
The most significant moment for Marguerite was in 1998, when she married the love of her life and best friend Zachary (Zack) Baudoin. Together, they had many furry children, Aussies and Corgis: Bacchus, LaRoux, Mathilda, Scarlett, Collette, and Ginger. Marguerite was a devoted wife, dog mother, daughter, sister, aunt, and friend. She enjoyed socializing (especially tailgating for LSU!), gardening, fishing, Formula 1 Racing, and volunteering for various causes. Marguerite and Zack shared a love of exploring new places and traveled the world together as part of their life’s grand adventure. It was during their wonderful life, in 2018, when Marguerite first found a breast cancer lump. She fought hard to do everything her medical team suggested, and her cancer went into remission. In 2019, she and Zack moved back to Louisiana for a slower lifestyle and to get closer to their families. Marguerite found a job with the Entergy FP&A Department, and she and Zack made New Orleans their home, where they embraced and enjoyed everything they love about the city and their home state.
Marguerite truly held a special place in her heart for her adopted home and neighborhood, Llewelyn Park, in New Jersey. She served as President of the Llewelyn Park Ladies Association (LPLA) for four years. The LPLA recently hosted an event celebrating its incredible 125th anniversary. At this gathering, Marguerite was recognized as a “bright light” in both the community and the organization. She was honored for lending her talent and energy to preserving and building the legacy of the Park, where she and Zack lived for 15 years. Her legacy project was a tree planting program, and, years ago, Zack donated a Magnolia Tree in honor of Marguerite. As it continues to grow and bloom every spring, her Llewellyn Park friends and neighbors “will remember Marguerite’s southern charm, beaming smile, over-the-top-delicious cooking, and enduring contributions to the Park.”
Marguerite is survived by her husband of 25 years, Zachary Baudoin; her mother Elise Sons; her father Barry Sons; her brothers Nathan and Matthew Sons; her father-in-law Sammy [Caroline] Baudoin; her mother-in-law Leilani Brown Baudoin; her sister-in-law Brittany Baudoin; her niece Vivienne Baudoin, as well as countless other extended family members and friends. She is also survived by their Aussie Collette and Corgi Ginger, who never left her side.
A Private Celebration of Life will be held for Marguerite. If you would like to joyfully celebrate her legacy of Love and Compassion, memorial donations may be made in Marguerite’s honor to Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center, 4950 Essen Lane, Baton Rouge, LA 70809, (225)215-1236; Giving Link:marybird.org/giving.
Marguerite will be missed dearly. She made life beautiful, and her light will continue to shine on all who knew and loved her in their hearts and minds. Rest in peace Marguerite.
Pellerin Funeral Home, 502 Jefferson Terrace Blvd., New Iberia, LA 70560 (337-365-3331).