Charlene Duhon Baham

December 15, 1951 ~ November 9, 2023

Charlene Duhon Baham was surrounded by her loving and devoted family when she returned to her Creator on the evening of November 9, 2023, at the age of 71.

She was born in Lake Charles to Corine Stutes Duhon and Otis Duhon, and later graduated from Lake Charles High.  She was married to Dana Baham for 49 blessed years, with whom she raised two loving daughters.

Throughout her life, Charlene was best known for her warm and loving personality and her unique ability to make everyone she encountered immediately feel like family.  Anyone who entered her home was welcomed with open arms and a delicious meal, no matter if you were her daughter, a neighbor, a new member of the family, or even a stranger on a cross-country motorcycle ride passing through town.  She lived her life as God intended – as a humble and faithful servant to others.  She was a person who genuinely cherished the life she was given and loved the people who surrounded her.

No matter what the circumstances, Charlene maintained an unwavering faith.  She had a unique gift for making any sort of plant grow and flourish.  She was creative, could fix or mend nearly anything, and she cooked food that instantly made you feel like you were “loved and at home”.  Charlene was the core of her family, maintaining countless family traditions through the years.  Many will cherish memories of laughing together with her on the beach, swimming in the pool during her annual 4th of July parties, eating her gumbo or Granny’s fudge on Christmas Eve, or simply getting together at her house to tell old stories and share time together.

Early in their marriage, Charlene and Dana lived in Montana before returning to Lake Charles to start a family.  They later moved to Memphis, TN for 11 years, then again returned to Lake Charles to retire.  Charlene was devoted to her daughters and their families.  Her 5 grandchildren brought her the greatest pride and joy, and she would go to the ends of the earth to share time with them and do anything necessary to keep them happy and healthy.  And in her spare time later in life, she enjoyed traveling across Europe with her sister-in-law.

Those left to cherish her memory are her husband, Dana, daughters Sarah Wrobel (Mike Wrobel) of Lake Charles and Amy Ward (Wes Ward) of Baton Rouge, her mother-in-law Lois Baham, five grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews and extended family members.

She was preceded in death by her mother and father, and her three siblings: Rudy Duhon, Shirley Savario and Judy Fontenot.

The family would like to extend their deepest gratitude to the nursing and support staff at St. Patrick’s Hospital in Lake Charles, and especially to the doctors, nurses and staff at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston for the genuine compassion and care they showed to Charlene during her time there.

A visitation will be held at Johnson Funeral Home on Wednesday, November 15th from 5-8 PM, with a rosary service beginning at 6 PM.  The funeral will be held at the Immaculate Conception Cathedral at 10 AM on Thursday, November 16th, with prior visitation at Johnson Funeral Home from 8-9:30 AM. Burial will follow in Consolata Cemetery.


Visitation: Wednesday, November 15, 2023
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Johnson Funeral Home
4321 Lake Street
Lake Charles, LA 70605

Rosary: Wednesday, November 15, 2023
6:00 pm

Johnson Funeral Home
4321 Lake Street
Lake Charles, LA 70605

Visitation: Thursday, November 16, 2023
8:00 am - 9:30 am

Johnson Funeral Home
4321 Lake Street
Lake Charles, LA 70605

Funeral Service: Thursday, November 16, 2023
10:00 am

Immaculate Conception Cathedral
935 Bilbo Street
Lake Charles, LA 70602

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  1. I am so so sorry for you loss…. Just heartbreaking ❤️‍🩹.. praying for you all at this time. Love you, Ken and Eric McSeeley

  2. My heart is breaking for all of you. I didn’t see Charlene on a regular basis but always felt loved and welcomed. It was as if I had just seen her. I don’t know who wrote her obituary but they loved her very much. It is as beautiful as she was.

    • Candle 1Dana, please accept my sincerest sympathies. Sounds like you and Charlene shared a wonderful life together and I pray that love will carry you throughv this time of loss.

  3. Dana and family: Mary and I send our prayers and wishes for healing. May the happy memories move you forward.

  4. Candle 2So very sorry for the loss of this wonderful woman.
    Love, Pat Davenport ( Friend of Nephew)
    John (Trey) Savario.

  5. Candle 1Sarah and Dana, I am saddened to hear about your loss of your mother and wife. Sending love and prayers for comfort for you both and the family. Love and Hugs, Renee

  6. Candle 3Dana, Sarah, Amy and family,
    There are no words, only a deep ache and emptiness.
    She was the BEST and now lives-on in the best parts of you.
    You are in our thoughts and prayers and Charlene’s smile, laughter, & kindness remains as a precious memory for us all.
    John, Faye and the White family

  7. Candle 4Charlene was a beautiful person inside and out. She had adopted our family as her own as we lived across a street from her. She was the closest thing to grandma to my girls and a mom to myself. She was always kind and thoughtful and so fun! She went above and beyond helping everyone and loved unconditionally. She will forever be a part of us and I hope to one day be just like her.
    Dana and family, we are thinking of you and praying for peace and comfort during this incredibly difficult time. Love you all.

  8. Candle 4Dana & family….. We want to express our deepest sympathy for you. Charlene was an exceptional person. We were fortunate to have known her. She will be missed.

  9. Candle 8Dana and Family, Renee’ and I are very sorry for your loss and we will continue to keep Charlene and all of you in our prayers. Charlene was very kind and nice to me when I had met her in your home and I will never forget her radiant smile. You have our deepest condolences.

  10. Candle 1Dana and Family,

    My deepest condolences for your loss and hope that you heal. Hopefully you and your family come through this difficult time quickly. All the best…

  11. Candle 2Dana
    Gerrit and I are keeping you and your family in our prayers. You have our deepest sympathies. Please reach out to us if you need anything. Gerrit and I enjoyed our time with you and Charlene.

    Mary and Gerrit Buchheim

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