There will be a private, family, graveside service in Lake Lawn Cemetery in Metairie, Louisiana.


In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Ballard Greenhouse care of the Garden & Conservation Trust in Ridgefield.

Lorrance Livaudais Hoyt

February 22, 1942 - August 8, 2019

Lorrance Livaudais Hoyt, 77, of Ridgefield, CT, died on August 8, 2019, surrounded by her family.

Known universally as Paddy, Mrs. Hoyt was born and raised in New Orleans. She met her husband, Lawrence Hoyt, Jr., at Rollins College and moved to Connecticut, settling in Ridgefield to raise her family and eventually build her landscape design and horticulture business.

In addition to helping her many friends and clients create beautiful gardens, Paddy was active in the community. As a member of the Caudatowa Garden Club and the Garden & Conservation Trust, she was involved in the early years of the Ballard Greenhouse. She also helped start the docent program at the Keeler Tavern Museum. She served on the boards of the VNA of Ridgefield and TBICO in Danbury. Mrs. Hoyt was also a member of St. Stephen’s Church.

She was predeceased by her parents, Edward S. and Eugenie Williams Livaudais, and her brother Edward S. Livaudais, Jr.

Paddy is survived by her husband, Larry, her children: Kristen Hoyt (Russell Morris) of Norwalk, CT, Sara (Kevin Marley) of Denver, CO, Julie (Sid Head) of Sherman, CT, and David Hoyt (Dawn) of Denver, CO; and her beloved grandchildren: Evelyn Morris; Maeve and Fiona Marley; Clare, Alec and Sam Head; and Grace and Kate Hoyt.

The family would like to thank the many health care providers who so diligently cared for Paddy as well as her fabulous team of caretaker friends (Jackie Hayles, Cassia Izidoro and Wendy Harco) who made her day-to-day life richer.

There will be a private, family, graveside service in Lake Lawn Cemetery in Metairie, Louisiana. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Ballard Greenhouse care of the Garden & Conservation Trust in Ridgefield.

  1. We will love & miss you always, dear Paddy. We had wonderful years of friendship as neighbors. Thank you for your love & for the love you always showed my children, Adam & Leah O’Neil. God’s speed, dear friend.

    August 12, 2019
    Kerry Manion -
  • Beautifully written !! I miss you Paddy Hoyt. Thank you for your friendship and not ever judging me !!! I loved laughing with you and eating cookies which were always abundant in your home. What was up with that chicory coffee ?? for the love of all things holy that stuff could kill you !!

    Love you

    August 13, 2019
    LouAnn Daprato -
  • How do you thank someone who lightened up your life,who loved you when distance and time had passed? That was you! You cared deeply,and showed it often.Arriving to see Julie, spending a few days with us and leaving us with such warm hearts. Precious stories we passed back in forth of our grandchildren.Lobster rolls,your garden and Larry! I will miss you,but thank you for the lessons in love,life and family. Until later,Sarah Anne

    August 13, 2019
    Sarah Small -
  • My best memories of Paddy will always be our trips to England and Italy. Her sense of humor , curiosity and adventure made her an ideal travel companion ! Five years ago she divided up her beautiful garden and gave me literally hundred of plants. I will miss her .
    My prayers and sympathy go out to Larry and her children.
    Jeanne Cook- August 13,2019

    August 13, 2019
    Jeanne Cook -
  • I will always cherish the memories of being a young boy and growing up across the street from the Hoyt family.
    Mrs Hoyt watching all of us playing taptap red light green light hide and seek all in her yard trying to be careful of the gardens.
    When it rained we would go inside and play ping pong and Mrs Hoyt would feed us.
    Usually cookies and motts apple juice.
    Thank you Mrs Hoyt and your entire family for giving me these memories
    Love you all Jimmy Kelly

    August 14, 2019
    Jim kelly -
  • So many fond memories of growing up across the street with the Hoyt family, with Mrs. Hoyt having the most amazing gardens, walking around her gardens was like walking in a painted picture. She always had a welcoming smile, the best laugh and her southern charm. I will always remember the laughter and fun we would have playing outside, their yard was the best for Tap Tap and their hill for sleigh riding was one of the best in the neighborhood.
    God has received another angel in heaven, rest in peace Mrs. Hoyt.
    Love to they entire Hoyt family. – Claudia Kelly-Dene

    August 14, 2019
    Claudia K. Dene -
  • When I think of Paddy, I think of her wonderful letters, brimming with personality and sharp wit, that she sent to my grandmother nearly once a week after she moved from Connecticut to Texas. She tended her friends like she did her garden, with tenacity and love.

    I feel so grateful to have celebrated many a Thanksgiving with Paddy, Larry and their beautiful family. I’m thinking of her family during this difficult time and wishing them comfort in the memories and joy that she sowed.

    August 15, 2019
    Cameron -
  • You will be missed by many Paddy Hoyt ! My thoughts and prayer are with you Larry and your family !

    August 16, 2019
    Pam Musinski -
  • Paddy, dear, I will always remember all the moments we shared all those many years ago. I have so many fond memories for those days. I will never forget your many kindnesses and thoughtfulness. My prayers for you and your family.
    You will be missed.

    August 19, 2019
    Mariel Haacke -
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