Ann West LeDoux passed away peacefully an hour after sunrise on April 23, 2021, with the strength and comfort of her deep faith and surrounded by her family. Affectionately known as “Honey” by her family, she was born on February 7, 1937 at St. Francis Hospital in Monroe to parents Anna Mae and Leroy Allen West. She graduated from Neville High School and Louisiana Tech, growing up with and remaining best friends for life with her younger sisters Jan and Diane. She married the love of her life, Joe LeDoux, on June 20, 1957, and they remained happily married until her passing. They raised their three children, Kathy LeDoux VanVeckhoven, Karen LeDoux Stinson and Joby LeDoux, in Monroe, providing them with idyllic childhoods on Deborah Drive and at Lake D’Arbonne surrounded by cousins, aunts, uncles and grandparents. She was a devoted wife and life partner, accompanying Joe to various deer camps and to their beloved fishing camps at Cocodrie for the entirety of their 63 years of marriage, often catching more speckled trout than he. She was a Louisiana girl through and through, as comfortable at the hunting or fishing camp as she was in pearls and heels at cocktail parties. She was a devoted and thoughtful mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, spending hundreds of hours needle pointing intricate Christmas stockings for all and showering all with love. Ann was the perfect combination of sweetness, quiet strength and patience:
a class act, a true Steel Magnolia and a model for all to follow. She was a pleasure to be around, a great listener and a masterful conversationalist with any generation. She was savvy and open-minded enough to figure out new technology and gadgets better than most Millennials, yet wise enough to enjoy the simple pleasures of life and the changing of the season. She loved nothing more than sitting on her patio at home or in Cocodrie with a toddy wrapped in Styrofoam in hand, chatting about current events and politics while enjoying the sunset. She was an avid gardener, as is evidenced by her beautiful creation on Phillips Bayou next to her home and by her thorough knowledge of flowers and plants. She was also a fabulous cook. She will be missed dearly by all but will continue to serve as a model of virtue for her family. She is survived by her husband, Joe LeDoux; children, Kathy VanVeckhoven, Karen Stinson, and Joby LeDoux, and their spouses, John VanVeckhoven, Paul Stinson, and Leslie LeDoux; sisters, Jan Brockman and Diane McGowan, and their husbands, Ralph Brockman and John McGowan; grandchildren, Annie Stinson, Walker Stinson, Charlie LeDoux, Emily LeDoux, Jack LeDoux, Patton VanVeckhoven and LeDoux VanVeckhoven; great-grandchildren Vivi VanVeckhoven and Riley VanVeckhoven; and beloved nieces and nephews.Ann’s wishes were for a private entombment with her loving family only at Mulhearn Memorial Park mausoleum under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home of Monroe.Memorials in Ann’s memory may be sent to St. Francis Chapel, 309 Jackson Street, Monroe, La 71201, c/o St. Francis Pastoral Department.Online condolence messages may be made to the family at www.kilpatrickfuneralhomes.com.