Barbara Lister’s Legacy


In the spring of 2016, NOAHH was honored to learn that we were included in Barbara Lister’s will planning, an extension of her long history of generosity to NOAHH. In fact, at the end of nearly a decade of steady commitment to our work, Mrs. Lister’s gifts add up to half the cost of a Habitat house.

Barbara Lister worked as a telegram operator in England during World War II, beginning at just fourteen years old. Throughout her long life, Mrs. Lister committed to supporting organizations whose work aligned with her own passions, and we count ourselves lucky to be among those she supported. She first visited New Orleans when her daughter emigrated here in the 1980s. New Orleans was a place she connected with back then, and this old connection made the destruction following Hurricane Katrina and the subsequent levee failures all the more poignant. After Katrina, Mrs. Lister committed specifically to supporting affordable housing, and she chose to support NOAHH to this end.

Both Mrs. Lister and her husband were particularly passionate about improving the quality of children’s lives. It’s easy to imagine, then, how delighted they would’ve been to see the dedication of ten new homes on a once-empty block of America Street in June 2016. In this new community 23 children from 10 families are now enjoying their own bedrooms, their own yards, and a wealth of new playmates. By partnering with NOAHH through annual and planned giving, Mrs. Lister empowered these families and many others to create a future full of hope. We are deeply grateful to be a part of such an amazing legacy.

To discuss leaving a gift in your will, please call Marguerite at 504.609.3335.

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