Inez LeBlanc Vincent was
born in rural Vermilion Parish to Etienne and Rita Leleux
LeBlanc on September 16, 1922. Her formal education began at
a Catholic school in New Orleans where her father worked in
the furniture business. When her family returned to
Vermilion Parish, she completed her elementary education at
the LeBlanc School. After graduating from Erath High School
in 1939, she entered Southwestern Louisiana Institute, S.L.I.
(presently, U.L.). She received her B.S. in Home Economics
in the fall of 1943.
Mrs. Vincentís first teaching assignment was a home
economics class at Morganza High School in Point Coupee
Parish. The following year, she was assigned to Erath High
School where she taught Home Economics for twenty-nine
years. She retired from teaching in May 1974.
In fall of 1957, Inez was invited to be a guest cook of Town
and Farm Journal in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with all
expenses paid. She presented a feature story on shrimp and
prepared all of the dishes in their test kitchen. This
presentation was published in their magazine. The school
board gave her a two-week leave to participate in this
After retirement, Inez became involved with the U.S.L. (U.L.)
Home Economics Alumni. From 1987-89 she served as president
of this organization. In 1995 she received the outstanding
Home Economics Alumni Award in the College of Applied Life
In spite of retirement, Inez has continued her work as an
educator even to this day as a substitute teacher especially
for teachers taking maternity leave.
Mrs. Vincent continues to be invited to judge the cooking
categories at festivals and fairs in the area, including the
Cattle Festival in Abbeville and the Yambilee Festival in
Opelousas. She also judges social studies and science fairs
in the area schools.
In community service, Inez is a volunteer at the Erath
Museum. In 1997 and 1998 she helped the U.S.L. Folklore
Department with some very interesting programs featuring our
Mrs. Vincent has served as vice president of La Famille de
LeBlanc since 1997. She was program chairman for the
International LeBlanc Family Reunion held in August of 1999
in Erath. Relie LeBlanc and Simon LeBlanc took a trip to
Canada to personally invite the Governor General, Romeo
LeBlanc, to attend the reunion. It was an awesome moment
when Presley LeBlanc, the LeBlanc president, introduced the
governor General at the reunion.
While serving as vice president of La Famille de LeBlanc,
Inez attend a French Immersion course at the University of
St. Anne in Church Point, Nova Scotia, Canada. She received
le Pris díHouneur, Prize of Honor, presented at a banquet
held at the end of the course.
In 2001, Inez was the Grand Marshall of the Erath 4th of
July Parade. This honor is given to one who has worked in
and promoted the Erath community on a volunteer basis.
Inez is an active member of Delta Kappa Gamma Society
International. This organization promotes professional and
personal growth of women educators. She also belongs to the
Vermilion Parish and State Retired Teacherís Association.
Mrs. Vincentís hobbies include traveling, gardening and
baking. Inez has been an avid walker for many years, who has
been known to walk many miles on the streets of Erath. She
can also be seen playing a good game of Bourre with friends.
Mrs. Vincent is a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic
Church, Catholic Daughters of America, and the Ladies Alter
Inez married to the late J.D. Vincent, Jr. She has two sons,
Tommy and Timmy Vincent, three grandchildren Leigh Vincent
Collier, Bryant Vincent (deceased), and Jacques Vincent, and
one great-grandchild, Cameron Bryant Collier. Her sisters
are Irene Dronet, Leona Pocheí and Lois Boudreaux and one
brother Guy LeBlanc (deceased).