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J. E. Hixson & Sons

3001 Ryan Street, Lake Charles, LA

OBITUARY

Jo Ann Hanks

March 11, 1935July 4, 2020
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Jo Ann Hanks, 85 was born on March 11, 1935 in Pollock, LA and entered eternal rest on Saturday, July 4, 2020.

Jo Ann was the youngest of ten children born to Joseph and Jessie Johnson and grew up in the Lake Charles area. She attended LaGrange High School, where she enjoyed participating in school sports as a "Gatorette". She would gracefully prance across the field, her headdress feathers flowing in the wind and her baton held in her right hand. She graduated Class of 1953 and went on to Cosmetology School, earning her degree.

It was while in school she would meet her first husband, the brother to a classmate, Johnny Duhon Sr. They were married in 1955 and welcomed two children Jed Duhon and Joel "Squeak" Duhon. She was a loving and doting mother, always making sure her family and husband were well taken care of. As a house wife, she was mostly indoors, she dare not sweat off her make-up. Upon the passing of her husband in 1976, she fearlessly took on the role as a widow caring for her children, the house, and ensuring all their needs were met.

It was by chance, she would meet her second husband, Jack Hanks and they were married in 1978. Jack worked in communications, owning his own business, Hanks Communication. He often was sent out on the road traveling to various law enforcement and fire conventions across the country. Jo Ann always had her "Go" bag ready, make-up train case and all. Together they traveled enjoying the country side and sights along the way to each destination.

In 1983, she graduated to "MiMi", as her first grandchild, Brooke, was born. Just like her children, she doted on all the grandchildren born into her life. Her door was always open, as the kids would burst through it, sometimes finding her touching up her lipstick. It had to be the perfect shade to leave a kiss mark on their cheeks whether they were coming or going.

She was welcomed into Heaven by her parents; Johnny Duhon Sr. and Jack Hanks, her son Joel, and her siblings.

Those left to cherish her memory are; her son Jed Duhon & Cristella, her grandchildren; Rachel McGee, Brandy Ray, Marcus Duhon, Reina Duhon and Joanna Duhon, Brooke Soileau and Samantha Duhon and seven great grandchildren.

The family will welcome friends on Wednesday, July 8, 2020 at Hixson of Lake Charles beginning at 10am until time of service. A rosary will be held at 1:30. Funeral Services will be led by Monsignor Dubois beginning at 2pm. Jo Ann will be laid to rest at Duhon Cemetery.

We welcome you to sign the digital register book, leave a favorite memory or sentiment of condolences at www.hixsonfuneralhomes.com

  • FAMILY

  • Jed Duhon (Cristella), Son
  • Rachel McGee, Grandchild
  • Brandy Ray, Grandchild
  • Marcus Duhon, Grandchild
  • Reina Duhon, Grandchild
  • Joanna Duhon, Grandchild
  • Brooke Soileau, Grandchild
  • Samantha Duhon, Grandchild
  • Joseph F. Johnson (Jessie Mae Johnson), Parents (deceased)
  • Johnny Duhon Sr., Husband (deceased)
  • Jack Hanks, Husband (deceased)
  • Joel Barrett Duhon, Son (deceased)
  • Seven Great Grandchildren

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Services

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, July 8, 2020

  • Rosary

    Wednesday, July 8, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Memories

Jo Ann Hanks

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Kelly Chatman

August 9, 2020

JoAnn was a lovely lady and friend. Met her when I moved to The Verandah and she became part of our Verandah Entertainers musical group. Enjoyed visiting with her at Landmark. She will be truly missed.

Denny & Patty (Uncle Denny & Nanny Patty) Primeaux

July 8, 2020

We were so saddened to hear of MiMi’s passing. Y’all have been in our thoughts and prayers. She was a very special person to us. We were so glad to have shared our lives with her and Jack (Pop). MiMi even today, as we saw you for the last time at the funeral home, you were as beautiful as your eulogy Monsignor Dubois said for you as well as your casket and that ever so gorgeous spray of pink roses. You have received your angel wings now, may you go Rest in Peace in God’s Heavenly Home. We will miss you until we meet again. By love you are remembered and in memory you shall live on in our hearts. 💕

Bonnie Breaux Thompson

July 7, 2020

I am sorry for the loss of Ms. Jo (MiMi). Prayers are with the family.
She was a beautiful person inside and out. Thank you for being a Great MiMi to Marcus.
There are so many waiting for you in heaven Pretty Lady. What a joyful reunion. Rest in Peace.

Gayle Says

July 6, 2020

She was always so much fun and so beautiful.gone but never forgotten I loved her dearly.

Gloria Byars

July 5, 2020

John Scott & I shared many good memories with Jo Ann and Jack. They were true friends & always a bundle of joy. Will always love & remember them in our hearts.
Gloria Doyle Byars

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