McConnell Funeral Home

1200 E Forrest St, Athens, AL


Helen Lecroix

March 26, 1926June 10, 2020

Funeral Mass for Helen Swanner LeCroix, 94, of Belle Mina will be Saturday, June 13, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. at the Annunciation of the Lord Catholic Church in Decatur with Father Charles Merrill officiating. She will be laid to rest immediately following in Athens City Cemetery.

Mrs. LeCroix, known affectionately by family and friends as Maw-Maw, peacefully passed away June 10 , 2020 in Decatur surrounded by many of her children and grandchildren. She was born March 26, 1926 in Tanner, Alabama to George Richard Swanner and Mamie Sandlin Swanner and was a member of the Annunciation of the Lord Catholic Church. She was preceded in death by her parents, her loving husband of 47 years, John David LeCroix, her son, George Edward LeCroix, her brother, George Swanner Sandlin, and 2 sisters, Julia Ann Swanner Stacey and Nell Swanner Cole.

Maw-Maw once giggled that she liked boys best, but the girls surely never knew that. Without fail she lovingly prepared huge meals for our Sunday afternoon gatherings and the cookie jars always had chocolate chip cookies and oatmeal raisin cookies in them for her children of every age from 7 months to 70 years. She welcomed countless friends of the family into her home as her own except during an Alabama football game as she did not want to be interrupted while Bama played.

She is survived by 3 sons, John David LeCroix, Jr. (Sandra), William Ray LeCroix (Pat), Brian Alan LeCroix (Linda), 1 daughter, Ellen LeCroix Schomburg (James), 11 grandchildren, Jessica Jon LeCroix, Sarah Jade LeCroix, Jonathan Clark LeCroix (Lesley), Sharon Peyton LeCroix, Kathryn LeCroix Lovell (Heath), Bridgett LeCroix Poss (Steve), Emily LeCroix Wright (David), Alison LeCroix Haines (Adam), Virginia LeCroix Holcombe (Richard), Brian Chadwick LeCroix (Becky), and James Carlton Schomburg, III. Maw-Maw is also survived by 12 great-grandchildren, Jimmy Dolton "Trey" Harville, III, Hunter John David LeCroix, Jacob Conrad LeCroix, George Elliot Lovell, Emma Ally Wright, William Steven Poss, Jr., Zoey Bella Wright, Cooper Croix Haines, Ryland Parker Holcombe, Carter Banks Holcombe, Tinsley Elaine Holcombe, Aurora Jean LeCroix, 1 great-great-grandchild, Hazel Marie LeCroix, 1 sister Faye Swanner Daws, 13 nieces and nephews who she loved dearly, and daughter-in- law, Sharon Clark LeCroix.

Pallbearers will be James Schomburg, Adam Haines, Richard Holcombe, Jonathan LeCroix, Hunter LeCroix, and Jacob LeCroix.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital or your favorite charity.


  • Funeral Mass

    Saturday, June 13, 2020


Helen Lecroix

have a memory or condolence to add?


June 12, 2020

I worked with Helen at Decatur General Hospital & was a dear dear friend from day one. She certainly loved her family & couldn’t wait to tell me stories about them all when I came to see her. She will be missed.

Joyce Gould

June 12, 2020

I never met Maw Maw, but I feel like I have. Johnny's conversations about her and her dinners stick in my mind. I am very sorry for the loss to this family. This world needs more Mothers like her.

Deepest sympathy. God bless.

Becki James (McClendon)

June 11, 2020

I am so sorry for your loss. Maw-Maw was like a grandmother to me from the moment Jessica and I met. I am very blessed to have spent a lot of time at Maw-Maw's whether it was a quick trip out to say "HI" or a Friday or Saturday night gathering in the basement. Maw-Maw always had a huge smile on her face and whether you were hungry or not, she was going to feed you. When she realized how much we loved her stuffed bell peppers, minus the bell pepper, she began making batches of just the stuffing and freezing individual serving sizes so we could easily heat one up to eat whenever we were there. I sure will miss her! I loved her just as my own grandmother. I know she is dancing in the streets of Heaven right now with her husband and family that has gone before her. I know she has a beautiful mansion with her name all over it too. Please let me know if you need anything. May God comfort you all during this time. - Becki (McClendon) James, Jessica's short friend :)