Jean Oliver Sartor

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Jean Paxton Oliver Sartor
Jean Oliver Sartor of Shreveport, LA.jpg
Born(1918-08-01)August 1, 1918
DiedJuly 29, 2007(2007-07-29) (aged 88)
Resting placeForest Park East Cemetery in Shreveport
Alma materSweet Briar College
OccupationArtist in shreveport
Spouse(s)Emmett Alton Sartor, Jr. (married 1940–2007, her death)
ChildrenJean Sartor Hillman

Elisabeth Sartor Harden
Ryan Balfour Sartor

Alton Oliver Sartor

Jean Paxton Oliver Sartor (August 1, 1918 – July 29, 2007) was an artist in Shreveport, Louisiana, who was instrumental in the founding of the R.S. Barnwell Memorial Garden and Arts Center. A frequent exhibitor in the International Society of Experimental Artists, Sartor was also a member of the Shreveport Visual Arts Hall of Fame. Prior to her death, she was recognized as a founding member of the Hoover Water Color Society and had a solo retrospective exhibit displayed at the Meadows Museum of Art[1] at the United Methodist-affiliated Centenary College in Shreveport.[2]


A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Sartor graduated from Sweet Briar College in Sweet Briar, near Lynchburg, Virginia. She was married for sixty-seven years to Emmett Alton Sartor, Jr. (1917–2012), a graduate of Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia, and a United States Army captain in World War II. Emmett Sartor subsequently became the president and chief operating officer of the C. W. Lane Company, a real estate and petroleum and natural gas firm which was founded in Shreveport by his maternal grandfather. Alton Sartor was also involved in community affairs, including the United Way. He was a Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International and a president of the Shreveport Little Theatre. Emmett Sartor's cousin, Dayton Waller, was from 1968 to 1972 a member of the Louisiana House of Representatives. The Sartors were active in the J. S. Noel, Jr. Memorial United Methodist Church in Shreveport, which was built by his great-grandfather.[3] Charles Lane Sartor, younger brother of E. Alton Sartor, Jr., and an officer of the C. W. Lane Company and a geologist, died in 2014.[4]


Sartor painted and gardened on 12 acres (4.9 ha) that she shared her husband. She was a chairwoman of the Holiday in Dixie Cotillion and a member of the Junior League and the Silver Rose Society. She received numerous refereed awards for her work. During World War II, while her husband was in the Army, she was employed at an ammunition plant as an artillery shell inspector. After their marriage in 1940, she moved with him to his native Shreveport.[2]

In the early days of the Barnwell Center, horticulturists and artists fought for dominance. As one with an interest in both fields, Sartor nevertheless took a strong stand for the artists. Among the horticulturists was Kay Tuggle Kline (1937–2010), founder of the former Posey Mart, which operated in Shreveport until 1976. At the age of fifteen, Kline was the youngest licensed florist in the state.[5]

In an interview with society columnist Margaret Martin of The Shreveport Times, Sartor's daughter, Elisabeth "Ibby" Harden, described her mother as "eccentric." The artist also maintained a rock garden in which she divided the "good" snakes from the "bad" snakes, and she refused to allow the killing of a "good" snake. She allowed her children to keep "unusual pets, turtles, alligators, a monkey, horned toads, guinea pigs, and mice as well as cats and dogs." But she would not permit an opossum that son, Alton Oliver Sartor, once hid in the basement. The creature damaged the air conditioning insulation in the home.[6]

The Sartors also had another daughter, Jean Sartor Hillman, and another son, Ryan Balfour Sartor.[2]

The Sartors died five years apart. Services for Jean Sartor were held on July 31, 2007, the day before her 89th birthday, at Noel Memorial United Methodist Church. The couple is interred at Forest Park East Cemetery on St. Vincent's Avenue in Shreveport.[2]


  1. ^ "Meadows Museum of Art". Retrieved January 26, 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d "Jean Oliver Sartor obituary". The Shreveport Times. July 30, 2007. Retrieved January 26, 2015.
  3. ^ "E. Alton Sartor, Jr. (1917–2012)". Shreveport Times. Retrieved November 20, 2012.
  4. ^ "Charles Sartor obituary". The Shreveport Times. Retrieved September 26, 2014.
  5. ^ "Kay Kline obituary". Shreveport Times, March 28, 2010. Retrieved March 28, 2010. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  6. ^ Margaret Martin, article on Jean Oliver Sartor, Shreveport Times, July 31, 2007