Joan G. Ardoin

January 9, 1943 ~ April 20, 2024

Joan G. Ardoin, 81, of Lake Charles, was welcomed into the loving arms of Jesus on Saturday, April 20, 2024.

Joan was born to Theodore and Angela Blanchard, in Eunice, Louisiana. Following her mother’s passing, Joan, along with her twin sister, was adopted into the loving family of Joseph and Annie Rose Guillot.

She was a graduate of McNeese State University with a bachelor’s degree in business. Joan taught typing and bookkeeping at Lagrange High School for 7 years.  In 1991, Joan became the office manager and recruiter for The Governor’s Program for Gifted Children, a program that held a very special place in her heart, until her retirement in 2001.  Her GPGC family was always a great source of joy in her life.

Joan was a loving daughter, devoted wife, mother, and friend, as well as an avid tennis player throughout her life.  She enjoyed playing (winning) and watching the pros on television which was always an educational experience, as she was never at a loss for words about whoever was playing. Second only to her faith was her family, especially her grandchildren, with whom she loved spending time, eating, laughing, and just being together at every opportunity.  She was a devout member of the Catholic Faith and taught religious education for over 30 years at St. Margaret Catholic Church.  She and Richard were members of Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church.

She is preceded in death by her natural and adopted parents; her brothers, Bobby Guillot, Jimmy, Jerry, and Lawrence Blanchard.

She leaves to cherish her memory, her beloved husband of 59 years, Dr. Richard A. Ardoin, her children, Darek (Stacie), Craig Ardoin (Paige Louviere), Shelly McDonald (Aaron), her grandchildren, Kailyn, Collin, Emily, Allison, Abbie, and Alden, her sisters, Alice Alleman, Sister Mary Pius (Mildred Blanchard), Jeannie Blanchard, Margie Saucier, and Joanna Loup, and a host of nieces and nephews.

A gathering of family and friends to celebrate and remember Joan’s life will be from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM on Monday April 22, 2024 at Johnson Funeral Home of Lake Charles, with a Rosary to be recited at 6:00 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be observed on Tuesday April 23, 2024 at 1:00 PM at Our Lady of Good Counsel with Father Whitney Miller serving as Celebrant. Private inurnment will take place at Lacassine Cemetery at a later date.



Visitation: Monday, April 22, 2024
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Johnson Funeral Home
4321 Lake Street
Lake Charles, LA 70605

Rosary: Monday, April 22, 2024
6:00 pm

Johnson Funeral Home
4321 Lake Street
Lake Charles, LA 70605

Visitation: Tuesday, April 23, 2024
12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

Johnson Funeral Home
4321 Lake Street
Lake Charles, LA 70605

Mass of Christian Burial: Tuesday, April 23, 2024
1:00 pm

Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church
221 Aqua Dr
Lake Charles, LA 70605

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  1. We are so sorry. Such good memories – special longtime friends & neighbors. Thoughts & prayers always.

  2. I am so sorry to hear of the loss of Ms. Joan! She was one of the first people I played tennis with! I was so new and she was so good! I use to tell her “I want to be you when I grow up”. She was encouraging, loving, helpful and kind! She always had a smile for each of us as she made us run over the entire court trying to return her hits. She made me a better tennis player! I learn a lot about tennis and life from her! Rest in peace Ms Joan you will be missed.

  3. Richard, Craig, Deark and Shelly, please accept our heartfelt condolences for the loss of Joan. Joan was a true Southern Lady with a very kind heart and a smile for all that knew her.
    May she play all the tennis she wants in the Heavens.

  4. Dowd and I always enjoyed time with Mr.Richard and Joan who would join us every year at our annual crawfish boil in Lake Charles, at many family celebrations/get togethers, and “hurrication,” just to name a few. We loved her dearly and appreciate how she always treated us like family. We are praying for God’s peace for Mr. Richard and her entire family; we love you all, Dowd and Libby

  5. Sending my dearest condolences and prayers for your loss of your sweet momma. May God give you peace and comfort knowing she is in the arms of Jesus. Love you, Shelly.
    Helen Miers

  6. Joan, thank you so much for all the wonderful times we had and most importantly,the outstanding dedication that you presented with respect to GPGC. You did it with gratitude, care, and patience. Nobody can replace, and you will forever be in my heart. Until we meet again.

  7. Richard and family, I remember Joan from our McNeese days. We lived in the dorm at the same time. She was always such a positive, upbeat person, and she was a joy to have as a friend. She and her sister were always anxious to have friends join them at meal time or time just visiting in the dorm. Although it has been quite a while since I last saw her, I am not surprised to see her picture with her smiling and beautiful. That is who she was! Please accept our condolences and know that our hearts and prayers are with you.
    Janell (and Hunter) Perrin

  8. Candle 1I only had the honor of meeting Joan a few times through my best friend and her twin sister, Joanna Loup, but it always felt like we were old buddies because Joan was so friendly and caring. You could tell she had a zest for life and enjoyed being with people. She made people feel special. God bless you, Joan, and may God grant peace to your family.

  9. Richard, Darek, Craig, Shelly, and JoAnna, Maurie and I, and all the children, were so sorry to hear of Joan’s passing. I am also sorry that we could not be with you for the funeral. Please know that you are all in our prayers. Hope to be able to talk to you soon. Mary Maud

  10. I am so sorry I am unable to attend the funeral, but Joan will always be a wonderful memory in my life. She was an absolute joy to be around. Always so kind and generous to everyone. She and I had so much fun playing tennis and just hanging out together. I know she will be greatly missed by anyone who had the honor of knowing her and spending time with her.
    Brenda Young

  11. I met Joan about 30 years ago, on the tennis court. She welcomed me into her McNeese Saturday morning group. Then she said come work at GPGC, just one summer, and 20 years later I was still there. Little did I know what she had planned! We had good times, recruiting trips and tennis trips, the Middleton’s friendship.
    Everything I now have has come from Joan’s friendship. I will miss her, but know she had a long and happy life. Good memories.

  12. Candle 2We will miss you dearly Aunt Joan. Your smile will be remembered forever because that’s how we have always seen you. It was time for you to move on, but would have loved to had you much longer. You no longer have to manage your illness. Hope Heaven is all that you had hoped it would be and more. We love you and will remember you always 💕

  13. Aunt Joan welcomed me into her family with wide open arms when I was a newlywed. God placed John Norman and I right near her in our first home knowing she would lead by example. I am sure there were many people he placed in her path so she could love just as well.

  14. Joan was a great asset to the Governors Program for Gifted children. She was always there to greet the teachers with a smile and kind words and a helping hand. She was so was inspiring to know her…and that tennis racquet was always near her desk!

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