Bernella Bea Mae Aucoin Fruge

May 2, 1936 ~ July 21, 2010

Bernella Mae Aucoin Fruge "Bea", 74, of Lake Charles passed away Wednesday, July 21, 2010 in Jennings, LA following a brief illness.

Mrs. Fruge was born, raised and educated in Basile, LA and has lived nearly fifty years in Lake Charles. She married Atlas Fruge, a well known musician who was one of the true Pioneers of Cajun Music whom was awarded 1st Steel Guitar Player in the Cajun French Music Hall of Fame. Mrs. Fruge enjoyed following her husbands bands as she sometimes played the drums right along side him. She was a charter member of the Cajun French Music Association. She primarily worked in management of many local restaurants. She also enjoyed cooking, music and dancing, having a family dog and had a passion for planting and gardening. Mrs. Fruge had a gift of generosity and hospitality. She was a Christian woman of faith, a member of St. Margaret Catholic Church and Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Daughters. She will be most remembered for her personality.

She leaves to cherish her memory, three sons, Robert Mitchell Fruge and wife Dana, Shelby Lee Fruge and wife Deanna and Mark Atlas Fruge and wife Dianne, all of Lake Charles; two daughters, Wanda Fruge Pearson and husband Eddie of Liberty, TX and Oline Fruge Slaven and husband Darryle of Huntsville, TX; seven grandchildren, Penny McMillen and husband Jeff, Brandon and Bethany Fruge, Emily and Catherine Fruge and Megan and Colson Slaven; two great- grandchildren, Grace and Abby McMillen; two step- grandchildren, Mariah and Robert Guillory of Lake Charles; three brothers, Jeffrey Aucoin and wife Jessie of Franklin, LA, Robert Danile Aucoin and wife Carolyn of Basile and Rayford Aucoin and wife Norma of Eunice and her oldest and dearest friend, Hobbie Higginbotham Verrett of Lake Charles.

She was preceded in death by her devoted husband of 40 years, Atlas Fruge and one brother, Silton Aucoin.

Funeral services will be at 1:00 PM Saturday, July 24, 2010 in St. Margaret Catholic Church. Father Charles McMillin will officiate. Interment will follow in Consolata Cemetery. Visitation Friday will be from 4:00 PM until 9:00 PM with a rosary service beginning at 6:00 PM. A presentation of the CFMA Bible will be at 5:45 PM. Visitation Saturday will be from 8:00 AM until 12:30 PM in the funeral home.

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  1. Bea Fruge was one of the grandest and most regal ladies I have had the pleasure to met in my life. A wonderful laugh, a twinkle in her eye. She will be deeply missed and always have a place in my heart. A wonderful source on the history of Cajun music. Tonight in her honor I will play The Waltz Of Sorrow.May she rest in wonderful peace.

  2. Dale I just wanted to say how sorry we are for your loss. We were out of town didn't get back until late Saturday so we were unable to attend the funeral. I just wanted all of you to know I thought so much of your mother. She was a wonderful person, always so loving and giving, definately one of a kind. Your mom and the whole family are very special to me. All of you will be in our thoughts and prayers.

  3. Family I am so sorry for you'll loss. This was a shock. I just learned of her passing. She was a joy to know. My memories of her, was, she was always making someone laugh. God always needs another angel. God bless

  4. God blessed Aunt Bernella and Uncle Atlas with wonderful children. My prayers are with yall in you time of sorrow.

  5. Momma called me here at home in Tennessee last night (Wednesday) to tell me. I am sad, and sorry to be so far away from y'all. I know how trite it may sound, but my heart is truly with you all. I've always loved my Aunt Bernella's beautiful smile and infectious laugh, and I'll cherish her memory just as I've always cherished Uncle Atlas's memory. There is no shortcut through the heartache and grief, but please remember to let Our Lord carry you through it. He promised to be with us always…even through our toughest trials, and I believe He can be trusted to keep His promises. I pray that He will help you find strength and peace through this traumatic time. If there is a silver lining to this dark cloud, it is that Aunt Bernell and Uncle Atlas are reunited and in the presence of Our Lord and Savior, and we will see their smiling faces again! Please be encouraged, and know in your heart that they are eternally alive and waiting for us in Heaven! I love y'all. Always will. Your cousin, Ronnie

  6. My condolences to the family. I heard of Mrs. Bea's death at church Sunday and regret that I missed her funeral. My mom (Marjorie Landreneau) knew Mrs. Bea and introduced her to me when she offered to be a part time nanny for my kids. I was a single father with three little girls. Of all the caretakers I had for my girls, We loved Mrs. Bea the most. She was the kindest and most wise lady I've known. I will miss seeing her at church every once in awhile. She alwys brightened my day with her great personality. May she rest in peace.

  7. My deepest sympathy for the family. May the promises in the Holy Scriptures brings comfort to you. The Bible promises one daysoon, death will be swallowed up forever-Isaiah 25:8. We yearn for the day to see our dear loved ones again. Jesus promises, the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out -John chapter 5 verses 28, 29.

  8. Oline and family, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your beloved mother. Please know that you are in our prayers. Please let us know if you need anything at all. We send our deepest sympathy.Chris, Hollie Rope Mitchell

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