Oct. 11, 1917 ~ March 8, 2012
FRANKLIN — 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, Texas.
Survivors include her two daughters, Martha Randolph Blackman of Mandeville and Elizabeth Ashton Blackman of San Mateo, California; sister-in-law, Marie Roberts of Shelburn, Vermont; brothers-in-law, Edward Connors of Denver, Colorado and Henry L. Connors of Buckhannon, West Virginia; extended children, Teresa Connors Johnson and husband, Richard, of Denver; Marjorie Connors Leggitt and husband, Nick Krul, of Boulder, Colorado; and Peter Connors; four grandchildren, Elizabeth Lobdell Ward and husband, James, of San Jose, California; Kenneth Vaughn Sollberger and wife, Stephanie, of Mandeville; Peter Randolph Sollberger and wife, Edie, of Beeville, Texas; and Lowell Ashton Wheeler and wife, Lynette, of San Angelo, Texas; 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, Illinois; 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 that 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 p.m. on Wednesday, March 14, 2012, followed by the service at 3 p.m. Inurnment will follow in the Franklin Cemetery. The Rev. Dr. Calvin Lane will officiate the services. The family will receive friends and family members at the Trowbridge House on First St. in Franklin following the graveside service.
The family requests that memorial donations be made to St. Mary’s Episcopal Church Women, P.O. Box 95, Franklin, La. 70538 and the St. Mary Parish Chapter of Louisiana Landmarks Society, P.O. Box 400, Franklin, La. 70538.
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Arrangements have been entrusted to Ibert’s Mortuary, Inc. of Franklin.