Celebrating the life of Janice Prudhomme Droddy
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Mrs. Droddy was born in Frierson, LA to John Ludger Prudhomme, Sr. and Daisy Armstrong Prudhomme, Nov 25, 1925.
She graduated from Stonewall High School, Class of 1942, as valedictorian with a 4.00 GPA. She was the recipient of the DAR Good Citizenship Award and was elected as the girl most likely to succeed. During her high school days, she participated in a variety of sports including basketball, volleyball, softball, track and tennis.
Mrs. Droddy entered Federal Civil Service, Department of Commerce, Weather Bureau, Lake Charles on September 30, 1943, with a transfer to Clovis, New Mexico in 1944 for a one-year assignment on a top-secret project, the Manhattan Project. The morning of the first atomic test, she received a call that the project a was a success and she was being assigned to a new organization being established in New Orleans (the Radiosonde and Analysis Verification Unit). In 1951, she transferred to DOD, Department of the Army, Fort Polk, LA in Finance and Accounting and later in Civilian Personnel.
Mrs. Droddy retired from Federal Civil Service in 1984. At the time of her retirement she was Chief, Position and Pay Management Division, Civilian Personnel Office. In this capacity, she also was Chair of the Local Wage Survey Committee with responsibility for coordinating surveys with other Federal agencies in the Lake Charles-Alexandria wage area to determine pay rates for Wage Grade employees.
During her Federal service, she received many awards including Sustained Superior Performance, Outstanding Performance, letters of Commendation and others. At the time of her retirement, she was presented the Department of the Army Commander’s Award for Civilian Service.
She was also presented a plaque in appreciation for the faithful and responsive service to the United States of America 30 Sept 1943- 3 Feb 1984, “PROVIDE THE STRENGTH”.
After her retirement from Federal service, Mrs. Droddy earned her LA Real Estate License and worked in that area for several years. On Dec 31, 1989, she resigned to prepare for her third career – Grandma!
Mrs. Droddy’s sense of responsibility exceeded her federal service and civil duties. She was a member of St. Mary’s Parent Group, St. Mary’s Training School, Clarks, LA and later when the school transferred to Alexandria. She was on the Executive Committee and served as Treasurer for two years.
Since becoming a member of St. Michael’s Church in 1958, she was active for many years. She was a member and past secretary of the Alter Society; member and past president of the Parish Council; Executive secretary of the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD); first grade CCD Teacher; member and past treasurer of the Ladies Circle; member of the Kay Cee Auxiliary; Promoter of the Apostleship of Prayer; a trustee and lector. She was a member of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Court Mater Dei No. 868, and received the Lifetime Award for over 60 years of membership. In 1958 she was honored to serve as Grand Duchess on the St. Michael’s Mardi Gras Court. Prior to reentering Federal Civil Service, she taught CCD at the LA State School for Boys.
She was involved with other post activities to include serving as the Civilian Representative on the Fort Polk Officers Club Non-Governing Council. She was a lifetime member of the Association of the United States Army (AUSA).
Mrs. Droddy was a daily communicant at Fort Polk and served as a lector at both daily and weekend masses. She participated in many Chapel activities including Prayer Group, Bible Study and special projects such as the Genesis II Program, later serving as facilitator for the program at St. Michaels. She also taught 1st grade CCD.
Mrs. Droddy was a charter member and past president of the Leesville Lions Auxiliary; member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Droddy-Cain Post 145; member and first treasurer of the Vernon Citizen’s Association; a member of Byrd Hospital Senior Circle; a member of MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) and the Museum of West Louisiana.
Known for her sense of humor, she had an appropriate joke for almost any situation.
She was the first benefactor of the Vernon Arts Council and served on the Executive Board for several years until her health problems prevented attending meetings, performances and Mayfest.
A lifetime member of the National Association of Retired Federal Employee (NARFE), she was a member of Local Chapter 1213 and served as treasurer for 12 years.
She was a charter member and past vice-president of the LA Louisianne Toastmistress Club (Defunct) and charter member and representative of the Kisatchie Toastmistress Club, Fort Polk (Defunct) which entailed meetings in LA, ARK, and TN
Mrs. Droddy was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 56 years William Bud Droddy Jr., son Paul Joseph Droddy, sister Elaine Prudhomme, brother John Prudhomme, and two sisters-in-law Helen Prudhomme and Alta Prudhomme
She is survived by her daughter Margaret D. West of Hawthorne, and granddaughter Paula Thompson Veuleman of Lafayette; one brother and one sister-in-law, Jerry and Rose Alicia Prudhomme of Rambin, LA, several nieces, nephews, great nephews, and one great niece.
The family would like to express sincere appreciation to Mrs. Dora Navarro for several years of faithful weekly visits to bring Holy Communion. Janice loved her and looked forward to Sunday mornings. On the rare occasion when Dora was unavailable, Olivia McKee, Shirley Smith and Bill Endris filled in for her. A thank you to Bobbie de Perrodil for many telephone calls when she was homebound, and to Father Maricio for home visits, to include Celebration of Mass, Confession and Holy Communion. Last but not least, Janice would like to thank God for the Eternal Word Television Network and the Franciscan Missionaries of the Eternal Word (MFVA) for the Daily Mass and other religious programming. Being almost homebound for several years, words are inadequate to describe the “rays of sunshine on a dismal day”. Her prayer was for continual growth of the MFVA and EWTN. She prayed daily for Mother Angelica and her Sisters.
Special thanks for the love and support of Cowana Davis, Antoinette Turner, and all those who stayed with Janice and became like members of the family. Thank you Rosepine Rehabilitation and Retirement Center for the care and comfort provided to Janice during her final years.
It was Janice’s specific request that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, 105 West South St., Leesville, LA 71446; Louisiana Lions Camp, 292 L. Beauford Drive, Anacoco, Louisiana 71403; Memorial Masses or to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Interment will be in the Leesville Cemetery under the direction of Jeane Funeral Home.
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604 South 5th St.
Leesville , LA 71446
604 South 5th St.
Leesville , LA 71446
Funeral Mass will immediately follow Rosary.