Antoinette K-Doe, 66, Who Turned Club Into Shrine to Husband, Dies

Antoinette & Ernie K-Doe

Antoinette & Ernie K-Doe

By WILLIAM GRIMES
Published: February 28, 2009

The first Baby Dolls showed up early Tuesday at Ernie K-Doe’s Mother-in-Law Lounge in New Orleans, ready for Mardi Gras. Outfitted in satin bonnets and outlandish Baby Snooks dresses, the platoon of undeniably adult women had turned up to meet their leader, Antoinette K-Doe, for a march up Claiborne Avenue and back to the lounge for a day of full-tilt celebrating.

But, escorted by the skeletons of the North Side Skull and Bones Gang, they had to march without her.

Earlier that morning, Miss Antoinette, as New Orleans knew her — Nettie to her closest friends — died in the club that she had transformed into a shrine to her late husband, the rhythm and blues singer Ernie K-Doe, and a nerve center for the Tremé neighborhood.

Mrs. K-Doe was 66. The cause was a heart attack, said Gary Hughes, the husband of her adopted daughter, Jackie.

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