Mardi Gras! Galveston 2024 honors Bill and Libbie Ansell

Bill and Libbie Ansell

Libbie and Bill are both lifelong residents of Galveston Island and have been active in Mardi Gras Galveston Island since its revival. Bill is a charter member of the Krewe of the Knights of Momus and Libbie was Queen of the Knights of Momus in 1987 as Momus traveled the “Caribbean Seas”. She represented the Duchess of all bougainvilleas.

Bill began his involvement by assisting with the Knights of Momus Grand Night Parade. He was a member of the Krewe of Parade which coordinates the Grand Night Parade and became Parade Marshal in the early ’90’s. A position he held numerous times throughout the 1990’s and early 2000’s.

Bill went on to become President in 1996 – 1997 when the Knights of Momus proclaimed “Mexico Magnifico!”.

Libbie and Bill were Ball Chairmen in 2000 as the new century began with “Texas, the Next Millennium”, Doug Mcleod reigned as King Frivolous LXXXV.

Libbie was Mistress of the Robes in 2005 when the swing era became “USA: Red, White and Blue”. Lee Ansell, Bill’s father, reigned as King Frivolous XC.

Bill currently is a member of the Board of Directors and sits on the Executive Committee. Libbie is a member of the Royalty Committee, a role she has held for over 20 years.

In 2015, Bill reigned over the Knights of Momus as King Frivolous C. He was thrilled to wear the title as the 100th King of the Krewe of Momus when they saluted “Knights in Old Shanghai”.

A proud moment for Libbie and Bill was when Libbie Lee, their daughter, reigned as Queen of the Knights of Momus 2022 when we traveled abroad with Momus to the “City of Lights and Love” celebrating “Midnight in Paris”. A wonderful theme to help celebrate after the cancellation of Mardi Gras 2021 during the Pandemic.

Bill is a partner of the accounting firm Ham, Langston and Brezina, LLP. Libbie worked for 14 years at American National Insurance Company and retired in 2004. In 2006-2007, Libbie served as president of the Jr. League of Galveston County.

As of recent, Bill and Libbie place a high priority on Wetlands and Waterfowl Conservation and are Senior Volunteers of Ducks Unlimited. Libbie is local area chair of the Galveston Couples Committee. Bill is a member of the board of directors and serves as Treasurer of Ducks Unlimited, Inc. and is President of the Ducks Unlimited de Mexico.