Ethel DeRouen Higginbotham

October 6, 1930 ~ May 2, 2024

Ethel DeRouen Higginbotham, 93, departed this life and entered into eternal rest on Thursday, May 2, 2024, in Lake Charles, LA. She was born October 6, 1930, in Gueydan, LA, to Joseph and Nettie DeRouen. She was 1 of 7 siblings.

Ethel was a graduate of W.O. Boston High School and attended Southern University and later graduated from McNeese State University.

She began her work career with Dr. Murray Martin, M.D. as a secretary then at George Theriot grocery store. She also worked for the Calcasieu Parish School system in the classroom and later as Secretary at Washington High School under J. D. Clifton. From there she went to work for the City of Lake Charles in the Community Development Program, retired and returned as Director of the Summer Feeding Program.

She was a member of Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church and the original Sacred Heart Senior Choir. Ethel was a member of the ladies Auxiliary, St. Rita Court #31.

Ethel was a loving and caring person that never met a stranger. She enjoyed family gatherings, bingo, cooking, and baking goodies for her family and friends and most importantly talking about her children.

Those left to cherish her memory are her children, Lorraine Holmes, Steve Higginbotham, Jr.(Chere’), Darrell Higginbotham, Sr. (Daphne), and Tyrone Higginbotham; daughter-in-law, Sylvia Higginbotham; her sisters, Evelyn Jones (Edward deceased) and Elosia Stratton (Leroy); brother Leroy DeRouen (Theresa deceased); 13 grandchildren, 31 great grandchildren, 10 great great grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Nettie DeRouen; her beloved husband, Steve Higginbotham, Sr., her two brothers, Jessie and Harold DeRouen, her great grandson, Dylan Higginbotham and great granddaughter, Gracelynn Higginbotham.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:30 A.M. on Saturday, May 11, 2024, at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church, located at 610 Louisiana Avenue. Rev. Fr. Joby Matthew, Pastor, will serve as Celebrant. Burial will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery under the direction of Johnson Funeral Home. Visitation will begin Saturday at 9:00 A.M. at Johnson Funeral Home, located at 4321 Lake Street, and continue until leaving in procession to the church at 11:00 A.M. The rosary will be recited at 10:00 A.M.

Pallbearers for her service will be Darrell Higginbotham Jr., Quardale Berard Sr., Keith Higginbotham, Damon Higginbotham, Isaiah Jones, and Troy DeRouen. Honorary pallbearers are Bryan Higginbotham, Joseph DeRouen, Carl DeRouen, Rodney DeRouen, Donald DeRouen, and Scotty DeRouen.

Although our hearts are greatly saddened with the loss of our beloved Ethel, we are comforted in knowing that we have a strong circle of loving family and friends in our presence. We are overwhelmed with all the loving expressions, words of comfort, prayers, food, cards, flowers, phone calls and other methods of concern. May the Lord Bless and keep each of you in his loving care.

The family would like to give a special thanks to Father Joby Matthew, Pastor, to the nurses on 5th Hall, Brighton Bridge Hospice (Sandy), Volunteer Coordinator Emily Henry, Bettye “Liz” Tousaint, Sandra & Anthony Jones, Cheryl Riley, Rev. Deacon Errol Deville, Velvet Burrell, Vanessa Berard, Wade Carlin and Wanda Jacob.

Repass immediately following graveside services at: The Foundation House, 720 Enterprise Blvd.


Visitation: Saturday, May 11, 2024
9:00 am - 11:00 am

Johnson Funeral Home
4321 Lake Street
Lake Charles, LA 70605

Rosary: Saturday, May 11, 2024
10:00 am

Johnson Funeral Home
4321 Lake Street
Lake Charles, LA 70605

Mass of Christian Burial: Saturday, May 11, 2024
11:30 am

Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church
610 Louisiana Avenue
Lake Charles, LA

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  1. Candle 1I’m lighting a candle in
    loving memory of my
    Aunty Ethel

    May she Rest in Peace ❤️🙏🏾

  2. Candle 2Lighting a candle in memory of an aunt who kept us laughing and minding our ways. You were the best

  3. Candle 1Sending My Deepest Sympathy and Condolences to the Higginbotham Family.
    Cousin Ethel, May You Rest in Heavenly Peace.

  4. Candle 8May The Lord Bless and keep you during this time of bereavement. Earth has no sorry that heaven cannot heal. Praying for your strength.

  5. Candle 5Oh, I will miss my friend. For years we talked on the phone, attended the same meetings, and laughed together. I still share many of her insightful comments with friends. Although I am no longer able to get about and will be unable to attend the services for Ethel, I will always love her. This morning I held her and her family in my prayers.

  6. Candle 1Ms. Ethel was such a sweet lady and a great friend to our mother, Eula Charles. Sending our deepest condolences and prayers to her family. Rest in Paradise Ms. Ethel.
    The Charles family. 🕊🤍🕊🤍

  7. Candle 2Deepest Condolences…I pray that the comforting ministry of the Holy Spirit gives you peace and strength to endure during this time.

  8. Candle 3My heart goes out to the family for your loss. I hope your happy memories will help through this difficult time.

  9. Candle 3So sorry for your loss.May God continue to comfort and bless the family. May the peace of God be with you.

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