Odette Gicquel Newsom

Born in Blanc Mes Nil, France on May 1, 1927

Departed on November 24, 2020 and resided in Macon, GA

Odette Gicquel Newsom 93, known to most as “Meme”; peacefully left us to be with the Lord November 24, 2020. Odette was born May 1st, 1927 in Blanc Mesnil, France to the late Joachim Marie and Marie Anne (Laurent) Gicquel.

She arrived to the U.S., June 27, 1946 at age 19 as a war bride via the SS Tillie Lykes, landing in Houston, Texas. She lived most of her adult life in Atlanta until moving to Macon, GA. She graduated from the University of Paris, spent her life raising her children and grandchildren and being a Nanny for the Fajman family (1987-2000). Meme was raised Catholic and converted to Baptist when she married the love of her life. She loved Jesus, family, friends, and wine. While she was gentle and reserved, she was also a spitfire and well respected. Her greatest joy was every opportunity to build memories with her family; and each time we left she made sure we knew she would be waiting for our next visit. Her heart was as big as the heavens and her legacy will live forever.

She is preceded in death by her beloved husband Lonnie Oscar Newsom, dearest brother Jean Gicquel, son in law Thomas Wayne Harris and grandson Daniel Adair Paschal. She leaves behind her children: Donald Paschal (Centerville, Ga), Janet Hamilton (Cumming, Ga), Chris (Kelly) Newsom (Macon, Ga), Nathalie Harris (Sharon, Tn). Grandchildren: Lyndsy (Aaron) Fischer (Kathleen, Ga), Lauren Paschal (Dallas, Ga), Nicole Hamilton (Cumming, Ga), Stephanie Dodson (Macon, Ga), John Newsom (Warner Robins, Ga), Rebecca (Robert) Maine (Warner Robins, Ga) Brittany Sumlin (Macon, Ga), Haylee (Michael) Chitty (Lizella, Ga), Alexia Williams, (Auburn, Ga), nephew and niece Florian and Manon Ugn (Paris, France), and 22 great grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held and the family will receive guests at United Community Church Saturday, November 28th at 2pm.

You can also visit the family after 3:30pm at Stephanie’s home at 1650 Rivoli Lane, Macon, Ga 31210

To carry on her legacy we ask you to email your special memories and pictures to: sdodson@lighthousenursing.com


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  1. Linda Quinonez November 25, 2020 at 11:54 am - Reply

    Blessed to have known and been a part of her life.
    An angel that will be missed by many

  2. Alexia November 25, 2020 at 12:03 pm - Reply

    Meme I love you so so so much…. and I will continue to love by your words of wisdom. You will always be my favorite person… and you will always be on my mind. Rest Easy Meme. Dance with Gangy for me!

  3. Christine Paschal November 25, 2020 at 3:36 pm - Reply

    So sorry for your loss. She was a wonderful woman.

  4. Jennifer McGee November 25, 2020 at 7:44 pm - Reply

    For my Dear friend, Nathalie,
    And her family.
    You all are in our thoughts and prayers ❤️
    Love you!

  5. Lisa Carter Montes, Dallas, TX November 25, 2020 at 8:13 pm - Reply

    I enjoyed the “real talk” with her over a glass of wine. 🍷 Thank you for treating my sister Jackie with great respect. Condolences to the family. Rest, dear Meme. 🙏🏽❤️

  6. Hajnal Holt November 26, 2020 at 8:36 am - Reply

    Odette I enjoyed your company and loved to have met you. My girls also loved you very much. We will all have tons of stories to remember and smile when we think of you. Love you. Rest In Peace.
    Our condolences to the family
    The Holts

  7. Rita Richardson November 26, 2020 at 6:54 pm - Reply

    I’m so thankful for the years I got to be with Odette. She introduced me to theater plays. Cherished the times we went. Loved listening to her stories. She will be greatly missed. Thoughts and prayers to all Meme’s family

  8. Anita Venable November 26, 2020 at 7:29 pm - Reply

    I’m so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you and your family.

  9. Randolph Tellez November 27, 2020 at 2:10 am - Reply

    A truly kind gentle lady with poise and presence in every sense.

  10. Wanda Hillman November 28, 2020 at 2:08 pm - Reply

    My prayers are for you the family in your bereavement.

    With Love,

    Wanda Hillman

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