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Anne McCauley Hedgcoxe, died on the 4th of August 2014, after a heroic fight with lung cancer. Having not been a smoker, Anne brought awareness to a disease that has very little funding. She never missed the opportunity to educate a listening ear. Overcoming many obstacles in her illness, Anne surpassed everyone's expectations and fought for over three years. Her family and doctors are very proud of her.
Born on the 9th of December 1960, Anne was the daughter of Jerry J. McCauley and Jacqueline G. McCauley and spent her first several years in Lafayette, Louisiana where her father was a petroleum geologist. The family moved to Houston in 1963 where Anne grew up. She attended River Oaks Elementary and graduated from Lamar Senior High School.
As a child, one of Anne's favorite activities was to walk to the local pharmacy and get hamburgers and chocolate shakes at the fountain. She enjoyed spending her summers at Camp Waldemar on the Guadalupe River in the Texas Hill Country. Anne was an Aztec, but being the ever supportive mother she dressed in Comanche Orange when her daughter attended Waldemar many years later.
She enrolled in Texas A&M University in 1979 where she met Reif Hedgcoxe in Botany Lab during her freshman year. Anne and Reif were married on the 18th of January 1982, at St. John the Divine Episcopal Church in Houston. Anne was a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority and earned a Bachelor's of Arts in Journalism in December of 1984. For the next four years, Anne worked various positions at A&M, including a stint as an advertising representative for the Battalion, while Reif completed his Master's degree in Geology.
On the 14th of January 1986, Anne gave birth to her daughter, Clair Anne Hedgcoxe. The young Hedgcoxe family moved to Houston in March of 1987, when Reif landed a job with Environmental Resources Management, a consulting firm where he worked as a hydrogeologist. Anne found work in Houston, providing administrative support for a physician's office. She took on the role of full-time homemaker after giving birth to her son, William Reiffert Hedgcoxe on the 11th of October 1990.
Anne became involved in various charitable activities through the Houston Junior League. Her leadership in the Junior League was quickly recognized and, in 1999, she was selected as the Ways and Means Chairman, and put to work to gain funding and donations for the Junior League Charity Ball. Her efforts paid off, as the 2000 Ball "The Beat Goes On" was the first to earn over one million dollars, net. Later, she got "bit" by the stitching bug and worked part-time at Nimblefingers. She loved the camaraderie with all her stitching buddies and creating colorful works that ordained the house.
Through the years, Anne stayed busy with Clair and Will's school activities and sports events. She happily spent hot summer days for Will's double-header baseball games with the other "Bleacher Moms," and waking up at 4:30 in the morning on many occasions to drive Clair to her latest horse show. The family also enjoyed spending their summers on Galveston Island.
Anne was preceded in death by her mother, Jacqueline G. McCauley. Survivors include her father, Jerry J. McCauley; her husband, H. Reiffert Hedgcoxe; her children, Clair Anne Hedgcoxe and William Reiffert Hedgcoxe; her half-sisters, Lynn Block and her family, and Sue Vaden and her family, sister-in-law, Lou H. Houser and her family. Other survivors include numerous nieces, nephews and dear friends.
The family wishes to thank the good folks at MD Anderson, her primary doctors, Frank Fossella and Frank Herlong and the infusion team at the MD Anderson Katy facility. We also thank the wonderful people at UTMB - Galveston's Intensive Care Unit and Dr. Sunstein's team. Special thanks to Jamie Vaden Holmes, Shelley MacKay and Kerin Pelfrey for their continued support.
Friends are cordially invited to a visitation with the family from half-past five o'clock until seven o'clock in the evening on Thursday, the 7th of August in the library and grand foyer of Geo. H. Lewis & Sons, 1010 Bering Drive in Houston.
A memorial service is to be conducted at eleven o'clock in the morning on Friday, the 8th of August, at St. Martin's Episcopal Church, 717 Sage Road in Houston. Immediately following, all are invited to greet the family during a reception at a venue to be announced during the service.
In lieu of customary remembrances, the family requests memorial contributions in Anne's honor may be directed to National Office, 55 W. Wacker Dr., Suite 1150, Chicago, IL, 60601 or to the Citizens for Animal Protection, 17555 Katy Fwy., Houston, TX, 77094.


Published in Houston Chronicle on Aug. 6, 2014
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