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Frances Drake Redditt

Published 12:07am Sunday, February 10, 2013

Sept. 19, 1922 – Feb. 7, 2013

St. Joseph, La. — Services for Frances Drake Reddit, 90, who died Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, at her residence, will be at 2 p.m., Wednesday, at First United Methodist Church in St. Joseph, La.

Burial will follow at Legion Memorial Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until service time at the church.

Redditt was born in Philadelphia, on Sept. 19, 1922, and was reared in Mitchell, La. in Sabine Parish.

She had 63 years of public service with three different careers. She graduated from Northwestern State University with a B.S. in 1943, her Master’s of Science degree from Texas Women’s University in 1959 and Certification Certificate No. 34 from the University of Southwestern Louisiana (ULL) in 1967. She was a vocational/home economics teacher for 22 years at Joseph Moore Davidson in St. Joseph, La. She continued to serve Tensas Parish as the school food service and vocational supervisor for 15 years. She retired after 26 years as the Northeast Area Field Supervisor, Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry.

Her professional organizations include The American and Louisiana Home Economics Association (now called the Family and Consumer Sciences Association) and The Louisiana School Food Assocation (now called the Food and Nutrition Association) both of which she was president, as well as the American and Lousiana Vocational Education Association.

She was listed as Outstanding Educator in America 1973-74. She received the Northwestern State University Home Economics Department Alumni Award for Outstanding Achievement in 1972. She also was selected one of Top Ten Home Economics Teachers of the Year in the United States sponsored by “Seventeen Magazine” in 1959. Honorary Societies: Kappa Delta Phi, Delta Kappa Gamma and Kappa Omicron Phi.

Redditt was actively involved in St. Joseph Cosmopolitan Club, Bruin-Vidal Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, several Bridge Clubs and her church.

Redditt was preceded in death by her parents, Clifford W. and Elizabeth S. Drake; husband, John B. Redditt, Sr., brother, Clifford Drake and wife, Lavern,; and sister, Margaret “Honey” Napier and husband, Jack.

Survivors include three sons, Charles C.Redditt and wife, Carol, of Somerville, Tenn.; Dr. John B. Redditt, JR. and wife, Margie, of Hendersonville, Tenn.; Robert W. Redditt and wife, Jacquie, of Brush, Colo.; two daughters, Elizabeth R. McDonell and husband, Alex, of San Marcos, Texas and Susan R. Carpenter and husband, Jimmy, of Baton Rouge; one sister-in-law, Lyndel Drake of Houston, Texas; one cousin, Joyce H. King of Shreveport, La.; 12 grandchildren, Clay Redditt and wife, Kimberly, of Kennedale, Texas, Claire Redditt of Somerville, Tenn., Kathy Lowery Pippin and husband, David, of Bethpage, Tenn., Rickey Lowery and wife, Kim, of Monroe, La., John B. “Trey” Redditt, III of Hendersonville, Tenn., David C. Redditt and wife, Anna, of Hendersonville, Tenn., John Ratcliff and wife, Mary, of Shreveport, La., Beth R. Batey and husband, Derek, of San Antonio, Texas, Katie Carpenter of Baton Rouge, La., James R. Carpenter and wife, Kristin, of Arlington, Va., D`arci Redditt of Woodland, Park, Colo., Alissa Redditt of Winsor, Colo., Altara Higinbotham and Rigel Higinbotham of Brush, Colo.; 25 great grandchildren; 4 great-great grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Clay Redditt, Trey Redditt, David Redditt, John Ratcliff, Derek Batey, James R. Carpenter, Philip Ackel and Mike St.Romain.

Honorary pallbearers will be Jordan Batey and Kazdan Batey.

Memorial donations may be made to: First United Methodist Church in care of: Ms. Lynn Stiles 924 Hwy 604 St. Joseph, LA 71366 or the Louisiana Methodist Children’s Home, P.O. Box 929 Ruston, LA 71273-9976.