SWLA mourns loss of ‘Poddy’ Champeaux

SWLA mourns loss of ‘Poddy’ Champeaux
Rosalie Marie “Poddy” Leveque Champeaux (Source: kplc)

LAKE CHARLES, La. (KPLC) - The Lake Area is mourning the loss of a local legend today with the passing of Rosalie Marie “Poddy” Leveque Champeaux. She was 82.

Champeaux was known in the Lake Area for her countless community service undertakings.

Champeaux died on Saturday, August 22, 2020.

For all of her accomplishments in SWLA, she was best known for her role as director of the Children’s Miracle Network at CHRISTUS Ochsner St. Patrick.

Champeaux was key in the hospital being chosen as a location for the Children’s Miracle Network.

“Starting the Children’s Miracle Network at CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital in 1987, was one of the greatest, rewarding, significant and memorable experiences of my life,” Champeaux said in a 2008 interview after being named Times of Southwest Louisiana’s Person of the Year.

A celebration of her life will be held on Monday, Aug. 24 from 2 to 8 p.m., with a rosary at 6 p.m. and a tribute at 6:30 p.m.

Masks and recommended social distancing is required and requested by the family due to COVID-19.

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