March 11, 1936 ~ July 10, 2021
Joan Ann Gilkes, 85, a New Orleans native and Baton Rouge resident, mother of four devoted
daughters, Elizabeth Macmurdo, Nancy Lovejoy (Lionel Richard), Jennifer Gilkes, Danelle Gilkes
(John Hoshman); six cherished grandchildren, Taliesin, Emily, Elyssa, Rachel, Sophia, and Sabine.
passed away on July 10th at her home surrounded by family. An artist and poet, she became
prolific after moving to Baton Rouge post-Katrina. She had a vivacious personality and always
made people around her laugh and feel appreciated and loved. She never met a stranger and
her ability to scatter joy touched the lives of many as she created her art for those she loved
and others. She freely gifted her art and poetry to family, friends, and those she just met. She
leaves behind a legacy of love. The family would like to recognize and thank those who have
cared for her medically. Dr. David Moll your loving, compassionate care of our mother has
touched us all. Dr. Heidi Sinclair, Andrew, Dietrich, and the entire staff of PACE, we thank you
for the excellent medical care that you provided her. Our mother loved all of you and we will
never be able to thank you for your kindness during these last few weeks. Denisha Oubre, her
hospice nurse, your kindness and support in her final hours will never be forgotten. A memorial
service will be scheduled for a later date and the details will be released on social media.