Obituary of Mildred E LeDuc
Mildred Elinor LeDuc died Tuesday August 1, around 6:30 p.m. at 92 years old. She had returned home to her apartment at the Princess Martha independent living facility after having a broken hip repaired. Her friends and caretakers Claudette and Maudel were with her at the time and said she passed peacefully in her sleep. She began life on September 30, 1930, in Baltimore, Maryland, where she developed her love of music by singing in her school choir. She took that love with her throughout her life by singing in church choirs and joining St. Petersburg's local opera company.
She met Lucky Draapeaux when her family came to St. Petersburg on vacation. Her parents, Harold and Edna Braby decided to retire here in St. Pete and moved the family from Baltimore. Her life of adventure began as a new bride when her husband Lucky Drapeaux took her to Alaska to develop a homestead. A year later their daughter Theresa was born. Unfortunately, the couple parted ways three years later and with her daughter, she moved back to St. Petersburg to be with her parents.
She is preceded in death by her parents, second husband Robert LeDuc and her sister Mrs. Dorothy Ament. Mildred is survived by her daughter Theresa and granddaughter Cassandra as well as her niece Andrea.
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Mildred was an independent and adventerous person who loved to travel with family and friends. When her daughter joined the Girl Scouts she became a volunteer troop leader and saw her daughter from brownies through seniors. She encouraged love of reading and the stage in her family. While she never finished college herself she made sure her daughter and granddaughter had the financial support and opportunity to go to and finish college. She and her second husbsnd left St. Pete and retire to Brooksville where she also volunteered at her local church's various charity endevors. When she was widowed she returned to St. Petersburg to be near her daughter and grand daughter, that is when she joined the Princess Martha family. Even in her later years she was friendly and helpful by becoming a welcoming hostess to new residents at The Princess Martha.
There will be a grave side service for her on Wednesday August 9, 2023 at 1:00 p.m. at Royal Palm South Cemetery address is 101 55th Street South.