Ann Hodges Taylor

May 10, 1931 - October 2, 2023

LaVeta “Ann” Hodges (Taylor), age 92, of Beaumont Texas, passed away October 2, 2023, at Harbor Hospice after an extended illness.

She was born May 10, 1931, in Harveyville Kansas and lived in various states throughout her life. She was the youngest of three children born to Frank and Ruth Ridley. She was preceded in death by her parents, sister, Wanda McCormick and brother, Robert Ridley.

Ann was a believer in Jesus Christ. She was a longtime member of Calvary Baptist Church in Beaumont, Texas, where she was the outreach coordinator for the Prayer Warriors ladies’ class. They could always count on Ann to be “in the know”, and minister to the needs of each class member.

Ann was a licensed LPN, earning her certification from Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital. She worked for many years in Beaumont beginning at Hotel Dieu Hospital and later at St. Elizabeth Hospital where she cared for those in the Neuro unit. This is where she met one of her best friends, Edith, who met her at those pearly gates. She was an excellent nurse and took exceptional care of her patients with the utmost professionalism and tender care. She was highly respected by those in the medical community and by the many physicians she worked with.

Ann’s hobbies included crocheting and knitting, and she was quite proficient at making Afghans, scarves, and doilies for family and friends. She passed this love down to anyone willing to learn. Those items, particularly her Christmas dishcloths, will be treasured mementos for years to come. She loved to play the piano and sat at the keys many an hour practicing cantatas and hymns. She never stopped perfecting her skill and continued even late in life taking lessons from her good friend, Maurice Morgan. Ann always welcomed anyone to her home with a cold drink. She made sure the refrigerator inside and out was stocked for family, friends and workers who came to the house. She enjoyed her pets over the years which included birds and her beloved cats that she doted on. She had a love for photography which she got from her sister, Wanda, and she showcased that with many albums documenting her life. Every wall and every shelf were proudly adorned displaying those she loved.

Her greatest sources of pride were her many cats, five daughters, thirteen grandchildren and twenty-five great grandchildren. Her life took many turns, ups and downs, filled with joy, pain, and heartache. However, throughout her life she trusted in God to see her through, focusing on keeping her family strong, which is evidenced by the strength of her daughters. When faced with a challenge or circumstance that she was unable to fix she would declare “It is what it is.” One of the greatest days of her life was when after thirty years, she was able to be with all five of her daughters. God is Good.

Ann is survived by husband, Ron Taylor of Lumberton; daughters, Nancy Smith (Michael) of Nacogdoches; Kathy Roberts of The Woodlands; Patti Johnson (Johnny) of Bevil Oaks; Dawn Lambert of Ashland City Tennessee; Karen Sarver (Doug) of Springdale, Arkansas; and many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She leaves behind three spoiled cats, MoJo, MiMi, and Muffie (all with special needs). Her last words to us were, “Where are the cats?” and “Shut the door so the cats don’t get out!”. Anyone interested in adopting a spoiled rotten cat please contact the family.

A gathering of Mrs. Hodges’ family and friends will be from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., Thursday, October 5, 2023, at Broussard’s, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont. Her funeral service will be at 10:00 a.m., Friday, October 6, 2023, at Broussard’s, Beaumont, with her interment to follow at China Cemetery, China.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to The Lewy Body Dementia Association, Inc., 912 Killian Hill Road Southwest Lilburn, Georgia 30047, or  Donate Here or to The Samaritans Purse Ministries, P.O. Box 3000 Boone, North Carolina 28607 or Donate Here.


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Gathering of Family and Friends

Broussard’s Mortuary Major Dr.
  • 1605, North Major Drive, Beaumont, Texas, 77713,
  • October 5, 2023
  • 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Funeral Service

Broussard’s Mortuary Major Dr.
  • 1605, North Major Drive, Beaumont, Texas, 77713,
  • October 6, 2023
  • 10:00 am


China Cemetery
  • Benoit, China, Texas, 77713,

Comments (4)

    Mariellen Showalter Rose says:

    Today which is January the 26th 2024 I was honored to go to an estate sale which was for Ann. It was the first estate sale I’ve been to in many years and it seemed to be a serendipitous occasion. I too knit and crochet. I too love to cook. I love to play hymns on the piano more than anything in the world and being in her house just
    made me know that when my estate sale comes after I pass away it’s going to be just like Ann’s. I’m honored that now I have her hymns, her hymn books, her praise songs,, her Bible and a couple of other little plaques and pictures that have scriptures on them. I will treasure them always and God bless you and your families. I do hope you get this. I know it’s several months after the funeral but surely Broussard’s will keep you posted of any notes that you get. I know I always wonder about what’s going to happen to my stuff that’s sentimental when I’m gone and I thought you just might want to know that I have them I have her a lot of her music and I have her Bible. I wanted more than one but I didn’t want to be greedy.

    God bless you all…
    Mariellen Rose

    Dr. Ed Collins says:

    It was a privilege knowing Ann for many years. What a wonderful lady!

    Condolences to her family.

    Daryl Stukey says:

    Our thoughts and prayers to all of Ann’s family. Many precious memories during her time in Nederland with our family.
    Daryl and Debra Stukey

    Debbie Pierson says:

    I’m so very sorry for the loss of Ann, she was such a great friend to my mom, Doris. She checked on her almost everyday asking about the latest in her family and if one of us was ill she double checked! I don’t think I ever met her personally but felt like I knew her because they talked almost everyday. She will be truly missed. Again we are truly sorry for everyone’s loss. God bless you and we will be keeping you all in thought and prayer.

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