Ann Adkins
September 12, 1934  -  January 5, 2018

Ann Adkins

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Ann Clairece Woods Adkins, a resident of Baton Rouge, passed away peacefully and unexpectedly on Friday January 5th, 2018 at the age of 83.

Despite being born into near-poverty conditions in Kosciusko, MS, growing up without a mother and marrying at age 16, she was a true survivor and a quick study. Ann bought herself a sewing machine with H&S green stamps and quickly became a self-taught master seamstress creating beautiful custom clothing for her 3 daughters. She was also quite the cook and always kept the most immaculate house on the block! At age 38, she enrolled in nursing school and worked in BR General Burn Unit as well as ICU's and CCU's in MS and Utah always with outstanding efficiency and compassion until her retirement at age 65. After retirement, she enjoyed spending time with her sisters, daughters and grandchildren.

Ann is survived by her 3 daughters, Debbie Blackwell Schmid (Robert) Terri Blackwell LeBlanc (Conway) and Beth Blackwell LaFave. Grandchildren, Amy Sorge, Rachel Lemn, Benjamin LeBlanc, Susannah LeBlanc and Samuel LaFave. Great-grandchildren, Andrew Schmid, Charlotte Sorge, Sawyer Lemn and Reese Lemn. Dear friend Martha Vaughn. Beloved pets, Lillie and Brother.

Preceded in death by parents, Opal Lavada Bishop Woods and Robert Lacy Woods, sisters, Betty Woods Pray and Annette Woods Smith.

A private gathering will be held at a later date but family and friends are encouraged to sign the online guestbook or leave a personal note to the family at

In lieu of flowers please make donations to St. Elizabeth Foundation (adoption agency) at: 8054 Summa Ave., Suite A, Baton Rouge, LA 70809

Her favorite Bible verse was John 3:16 and she loved to say, "I'm so blessed and God has taken such good care of this little girl from Kosciusko!"


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  1. Kathemarie Sanders Humphreys
    Central, LA

    Debbie, Terri and Beth,
    I remember when your family moved to Kentwood and the first time I saw your Mom. I thought she was breath taking! I'm sure she knew that she had 3 breath taking daughters also! Please know that y'all are in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless.

  2. Marvin Borgmeyer
    Baton Rouge, LA

    Condolences to you and your family at this difficult time.

  3. Rock Rockenbaugh
    Baton Rouge, LA

    So sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. I remember how well you spoke about her and loved her very much!! My prayers are with you .

  4. Terri LeBlanc
    Baton Rouge, LA

    Mama, I miss you! Hope you are enjoying your sisters and perhaps dancing the jitterbug!

  5. Linda & Gary Spear
    Baton Rouge, LA

    Dear Terri, sending our love to you. Absent from the body, present with the Lord - always a great comfort to me. I pray it is for you also. Love, Linda

  6. Judy and Mike Determann
    Baton Rouge, LA

    Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.

  7. Shelly and Trey Beall
    Baton Rouge, LA

    My condolences Terri and family. She was a lovely lady and I know she will be missed. Prayers and love. Shelly

  8. Karen & Don Nelson
    Baton Rouge, LA

    May your wonderful memories help you thru this difficult time.

  9. Wendy J Lauderdale
    Hammond, LA

    Dear Terri,
    Your Southeastern Family sends their prayers and condolences over the loss of your mother. God bless you all as you find peace in the love of the Lord.

  10. Lisa Perry
    Baton Rouge, LA

  11. Beth LaFave
    Luther, OK

    You will forever be loved and remembered!

  12. Grace LaFave
    Oklahoma City, OK

    Ann was a wonderful lady who will be greatly missed. My condolences to the family,

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