Debbie McDaniel Berkey

January 12, 1960 ~ November 27, 2011

Debbie McDaniel Berkey, 51, of Lake Charles entered into rest Sunday, November 27, 2011 from the comfort of her home.

Mrs. Berkey lived most of her life in Lake Charles. She attended South Cameron High School and attained her license in Office Occupations from Sowela Technical Institute, having proceeded to work in many clerical positions throughout the local area. She enjoyed arts and crafts and candy making, especially for the Christmas holiday. Mrs. Berkey was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother as her greatest times were those shared with her family.

She leaves to cherish her memory, her loving husband of ten years, Lester E. Berkey of Lake Charles; three daughters, Nerissa Forgette and husband Scott of DeRidder, Jennifer Dixon of Vinton and Natasha "Tootie" McDaniel and fiance' LaMont Dodd of Lake Charles; three step-children, Steven Berkey and wife Kelly of LeBleu Settlement and Trixie Berkey and Clayton Berkey, both of Mena, AR; twenty grandchildren; one great-grandchild; two brothers, Terry McDaniel of Hayes and Christopher Gardner of Sulphur; two sisters, Audrey Trahan of Lake Charles and Vickie Hebert of Sulphur; her oldest and dearest friend, Carlissa Sexton of Starks and her "adopted son", Jason Trahan of Lake Charles.

She was preceded in death by her parents, LeRoy McDaniel and Mary Gardner Desormeaux and one brother, Johnny McDaniel.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 AM Thursday, December 1, 2011 in the Johnson Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. David Dewitt will officiate. Visitation Wednesday will be from 11:00 AM until 10:00 PM and will continue Thursday from 8:00 AM until the time of service in the funeral home.

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  1. Debbie was one of the most resilient women I knew. She was always willing to help the people she loved and had an unfailing sense of duty to her family. She will live on in our hearts and memories.

  2. The heart remembers most what it has loved best. May memories comfort you and bring you peace. Though the ones we love may leave life as we know it, in our memory, the love we know will always carry on. Our greatest sympathy. The day is near when all who have fallen asleep will be awaken-JOhn 5:28,29

  3. TO THE BERKEY FAMILYPlease accept my most heartfelt sympathies for your loss.The Bible is always comforting in all aspects of life.May these words bring comfort to your family.Rev.21:4 says And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes,and death will be no more,neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore.The former things have passed away. Jehovah God know the pain we go through,because he gave the utimate sacrifice,his son Jesus Christ.We have this comfort in knowing,as long as we put our complete this in Jehovah God and his Son,Jesus Christ we have the hope of seeing our loved ones again.

  4. Way to many Story's me and this precious Angel shared together! Loved her with all my heart! May She rest in piece and May the family know how Sorry I am for there great loss !

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