Joyce Kebodeaux, Self-Portrait: Journalist; Hometown: Sulphur; Married to the late Clyde Kebodeaux
Born Joyce Marie Romine on April 26, 1942, she grew up near Mowata and attended school at St. Francis and Iota High School.
Joyce married the late Clyde Kebodeaux in 1958. His family lived east of Roberts Cove with a Rayne address.
The Kebodeaux family moved to Sulphur in 1971.
She was widowed in 2007 with her husband being buried by Geesey Ferguson in North Hanks Cemetery.
They have four children. They are Joan Williams and her husband, Stacey, who live in Monroe; Clyde Kebodeaux and his wife, Patty, who live in San Antonio; Harlan Kebodeaux and his wife, Loretta, who live in Iota; and Lydia Hebert and her husband, Jason, who live in Iota.
Joyce enjoys having nine grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
She is currently retired from her position at Market Basket where she was a cashier and meat wrapper as well as a writer for the company’s publication entitled, “Inside Market Basket.”
Joyce was thrilled to be featured as a profile in the Crowley Post-Signal.
“I look forward to receiving the paper,” she said. “I love seeing my name in print.”
In fact Joyce has been published in the Iota News in 2003-2009. The response to her column was awesome although she stopped writing when her husband became ill. After much encouragement and requests from her readers, she decided to resume her articles but, the Iota News was being closed down by then.
Since then Joyce’s writings have been published in the “Lake Charles American Press” and “Lagniappe,” in Ferriday and Vidalia in the “Concordia Sentinel,” and in Sulphur in the “Southwest Daily News.”
Her latest works were published in the recent article in the “Crowley Post-Signal” about the life of Mamie LeJeune in honor of her 100th birthday.
Additionally, Joyce won the Reminiscent Writing Contest at the Calcasieu Parish Library in the year 2002.
Currently, she has a column in the Senior Circle for a newsletter that can be accessed at www.women-children.com. By clicking on Senior Circle, readers can download the newsletter.
“My favorite subjects are people who do extraordinary things without seeking recognition,” said Joyce.