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Clyde Anne Davis

September 23, 1932 — October 2, 2023

Clyde Anne Davis

Clyde Anne LeBlanc Davis passed away peacefully of natural causes on October 2nd with family by her side, just nine days after celebrating her 91st birthday. Clyde Anne – wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin, teacher and friend -- was the embodiment of pure love. She was deeply spiritual and dedicated to the Catholic faith. She lived joyfully and lovingly, and in service to God. Everyone whose lives she touched loved her sweet disposition, intellect and conversation, and appreciated her kind and friendly personality.

Clyde Anne was born in Houma, Louisiana, the eldest of five children. She attended St. Francis de Sales Catholic School and graduated as valedictorian in 1950. Immediately heading off to college, she spent her freshman and sophomore years at the College of the Sacred Heart in Grand Coteau and attended summer school at University of Louisiana at Lafayette (UL, formerly USL and SLI). After taking two semesters off to teach at Lacache School in Chauvin, she returned to college at UL and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in education in 1955.

After graduation, she traveled north and worked for the International House Philadelphia (IHP), a nonprofit which provides residential housing and community services for students and scholars from around the world.

Two years later, she returned to Houma and rekindled her relationship with her college sweetheart, Ovide Davis. They married in December 1957 and started a family shortly thereafter. Ovide's work and continuing education took them to uptown New Orleans where Clyde Anne tutored math and science to neighborhood students. In 1963, the growing family relocated to the outskirts of New Orleans East near Fort Pike and the Rigolets. Clyde Anne was a full-time mom while also participating in the Ladies Auxiliary of The Boeing Company.

In 1970, the family moved to Pascagoula, Mississippi. Clyde Anne worked as a substitute teacher and teaching assistant for the local school district, then as a full-time teacher of chemistry at Pascagoula High School. She joined Mississippi Power Company in 1980 and worked as an administrative assistant and technical writer until retiring in 1998.

Clyde Anne loved theatre and was active in the Pascagoula Little Theatre playing piano, singing, and providing administrative support. She was a member of Toastmasters International and the American Business Women’s Association (ABWA), and was honored to be accepted into American Mensa.

She was also a member of the Jackson County Historical and Genealogical Society of Mississippi. It was during her involvement with this group that she learned of her family’s connection to Pascagoula -- that she was a descendant of the Krebs family who had settled there in the 1750s.

A member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and later Our Lady of Victories (OLV), Clyde Anne was in the church choir and played piano for services. She also sang in the Singing River Chorale for several years. She frequented the Pascagoula Senior Center and found camaraderie with the staff and other seniors, participating in the ladies’ line dancing group that traveled the region performing at fairs, hospitals, and other senior centers.

Clyde Anne had an intense desire to educate and was curious about young people's plans for their future. She never stopped asking about and challenging those around her to strive for their educational and career goals.

Clyde Anne was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Ovide Joseph Davis; parents, Louis Clyde LeBlanc and Evelyn Ray LeBlanc; and brother-in-law, Fredric Thibodaux. She is survived by her daughters, Madeline Davis Mutrie (James), Sara Beth Davis, Alisa Davis Idoni (John); son, Stevenson Briant Davis (Marcia); four grandchildren, Margaret and Mitchell Davis, and Philip and Jonathan Idoni; brother, Louis “Bud” LeBlanc (Ann); sisters, Linda Thibodaux, Doris LeJeune (Robert), and Sylvia Martinez (Manuel); and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Visitation will be Thursday, November 2, 2023 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Chauvin Funeral Home located at 5899 Hwy 311, Houma, Louisiana. A funeral mass will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, November 3, 2023 at St. Francis de Sales Cathedral, 500 Goode Street in Houma. Clyde Anne will be entombed together with Ovide in St. Francis Cemetery #1 immediately following the funeral service. A reception celebrating the lives of Clyde Anne and Ovide will take place following the committal service at a location to be announced.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be given in memory of Clyde Anne to the St. Tammany Parish chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) at namisttammany.org.

Heritage Funeral Home, owned and operated in Moss Point/ Escatawpa, MS, is honored to serve the family of Clyde Anne Davis. Chauvin Funeral home in Houma, LA, is graciously providing ancillary services. You may view and sign Clyde Anne’s online register book at www.heritagefuneralhome.us.

 
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