Apr 21, 2020
USA Rice extends condolences to the family and friends of Agnes Kirkpatrick Godchaux, who passed away on April 16, at the age of 92. Agnes was married to Frank A. Godchaux III for 66 years until his death in February 2019. She is survived by four children, six grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
Agnes was born December 28, 1927 in Abbeville, Louisiana, and graduated from the University of Louisiana Lafayette. After college, she moved to Fairbanks, Alaska, to teach and coach women’s sports before returning to Louisiana, and Frank, and a life filled with travel, gardening, and community service.
Her husband was a respected leader in the U.S. rice industry and Agnes enjoyed accompanying him on his business travels. She was truly an asset in that capacity as she was known for her smile and grace, and was able to charm everyone she met.
Meryl Kennedy Farr, a rice miller from Louisiana whose father, Elton Kennedy, was business partners with Frank Godchaux, remembers Agnes as “a person of not only beauty but immense grace…always smiling, always laughing, always thoughtful of others. For those of us fortunate enough to know her, she will live in our hearts forever for being with her was truly like being wrapped in love.”
Funeral services will be private. A memorial service and celebration of life will be held at a future date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 101 E. Vermilion Street, Abbeville, Louisiana 70510, or Boys and Girls Club of Acadiana, 301AA Comeaux Memorial Drive, Abbeville, Louisiana 70510.