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“This saddens me greatly. I can hardly believe it as in my heart and mind, I still see her as alive as ever. I did not know until just now that she...Read More »
1 of 9 | Posted by: Mariana Titus - Santa Barbara, CA

“Miss Anne was one of my favorite people, everytime I was in her company, she always made me feel so special, she was a true "Southern Lady" who...Read More »
2 of 9 | Posted by: kitty courts - new iberia, LA

“I was a life long friend of Ann's and she was a true "Southern Lady," who possessd the true old fashioned Southern charm and wit. While attendng...Read More »
3 of 9 | Posted by: frank courts - new iberia, LA

“I am so glad that I got to meet Ann at Uncle Harc's (Stebbins) 90th birthday party in Lake Charles last November. She had the kindest face and most...Read More »
4 of 9 | Posted by: Paula Stebbins - Lake Charles, LA

“It was a joy to meet Anne at Harcourt Stebbins's birthday, and I was so sorry we hadn't met before. Best regards and condolences to her family....Read More »
5 of 9 | Posted by: Charlotte Stebbins - Montgomery, AL

“I so enjoyed meeting Anne at Harcourt Stebbins' (my dad) 90th birthday in Nov. She was so much fun to talk to and had some interesting stories to...Read More »
6 of 9 | Posted by: Sally Stebbins Friday

“Dear LiLi & Martha,Your have lost the sweetest Mama in the world, Franklin h4as lost a GREAT & beautiful lady, Landmarks has lost a dedicated past...Read More »
7 of 9 | Posted by: Leonard L. Battaglia - Franklin, LA

“Rest in Peace sweet lady of grace! I loved seeing you in town and will miss your beautiful smile. It was always a PLEASURE to talk to you and I...Read More »
8 of 9 | Posted by: Donna Lancon - Frankli, LA

“I will always remember Grandmother Anne's sweet Southern voice. She will be missed. Love, Lyn (Elizabeth Ward's college roommate) ”
9 of 9 | Posted by: Lyn Jenkins - Denver, CO

Anne Lobdell Blackman Connors, 94, died peacefully at her residence on Thursday, March 8, 2012. A prominent, highly esteemed member of her community and state, Anne was born at Grevemberg House Museum, the daughter of the late Albert Gallatin Lobdell, formerly of New Orleans and the late Rosa Ashton Pillow Lobdell of Austin, TX.

Survivors include her two daughters, Martha Randolph Blackman of Mandeville, and Elizabeth Ashton Blackman of San Mateo, CA; sister-in-law Marie Roberts of Shelburn, VT, bothers-in-law Edward Connors of Denver, Co and Henry L. Connors of Buckhannon, WV; extended children Teresa Connors Johnson and husband Richard of Denver, CO, Marjorie Connors Leggitt and husband Nick Krul of Boulder, CO, and Peter Connors; four grandchildren Elizabeth Lobdell Ward and husband James of San Jose, CA, Kenneth Vaughn Sollberger and wife Stephanie of Mandeville, Peter Randolph Sollberger and wife Edie of Beeville, TX, and Lowell Ashton Wheeler and wife Lynette of San Angelo, TX, and six great grandchildren; Hannah Ward, Patrick Ward, Avery Sollberger, Adelaide Sollberger, Walker Wheeler, and Keelyn Wheeler; as well as loving nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by one daughter, Anne Lobdell Blackman; former husband Wilbur Fisk Blackman of Alexandria, husband Thomas John Connors of Lake Forest, IL; and nine siblings, Rosemary Lobdell Kramer, Lois Lobdell Dameron, Albert Gallatin Lobdell, Jr., Ashton Pillow Lobdell (infant), Jack Pillow Lobdell, Walter Reginald Lobdell, Nita Roy Lobdell Eiseman, Emma Harriss Lobdell Kyle and Charles Lacy Lobdell.

Upon graduation from Franklin High School Anne attended Louisiana State University where she was a leader in student and Greek life. Recognized as an LSU Favorite, she was a member of Delta, Delta, Delta Sorority, having served as President, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree.

Subsequent to graduation she wed Wilbur Fisk Blackman of Alexandria, the city in which they resided prior to moving to Wiesbaden, Germany. Upon returning to Louisiana, she resumed numerous civic and social activities, in later life returning to her beloved community of Franklin. Her many interests included world travel through which she met and married Thomas John Connors.

A lifelong member of St. Mary's Episcopal Church, Anne was active in the Altar Guild, Episcopal Church Women and the Vestry. Her church, community and patriotism were an integral part of her life throughout which she was an inspiration to all. She was a member of the St. Mary Parish Chapter of Louisiana Landmarks, Daughters of the American Revolution, Colonial Dames, Civil Service, and Fortnightly, to name a few. She was also an avid reader and historian, with a particular interest in genealogy. Anne was employed by The Franklin Post newspaper, during which time she traveled statewide and received numerous awards of recognition for journalism and photography.

Ageless and timeless, her positive spirit touched the lives of all who knew her. She was deeply loved by her family and community and shall be missed, leaving behind a legacy of love and service. "She touched us all."

Memorial Services include visitation at St. Mary's Episcopal Church at 2:00PM, on Wednesday, March 14, 2012, followed by the service at 3:00PM. Inurnment will follow in the Franklin Cemetery. Rev. Dr. Calvin Lane will officiate the services. The family will receive friends and family members at the Trowbridge House on 1st St. in Franklin following the graveside service.

The family requests that memorial donations be made to St. Mary's Episcopal Church Women, PO Box 95, Franklin, LA, 70538, and the St. Mary Parish Chapter of Louisiana Landmarks Society, PO Box 400, Franklin, LA, 70538.

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