Faith Marie Blackburn

September 15, 1949 ~ March 18, 2011

Surrounded by family and dear friends in her home, Faith Marie Holleman Blackburn, 61, of Lake Charles passed away Friday, March 18, 2011, after a lengthy illness with pancreatic cancer.

Faith Marie was born in Lake Charles to the late George and Elnora Holleman on September 15, 1949. She dedicated her work career as a special education paraprofessional with the Calcasieu Parish School Board at S. J. Welch Middle School for 22 years, retiring in 2009 due to illness. Her dedication, compassion, and love for these children touched and influenced countless lives. She earned the profound respect of her coworkers, all of whom she held in the highest of respect. Her devotion to family was always steadfast and unwavering. Her children and grandchildren provided Faith with such great pride, happiness and joy.

Faith is survived by her husband of 41 years, Frank Collin Blackburn; daughter Allison Marie Bass and husband Tony and son Jaylen Collin Bass; son Frank Christopher Blackburn and wife Lacey and children Brayden, Owen and Addysen; brother Bill Holleman and wife Blair; cousin Dean Thibodeaux and wife Bea and children Patrick, Bryan and Terri; uncle Harold Barrilleaux; nephews Mike Holleman and wife Martha, Chris Holleman; niece Michelle Martin and husband Marty; great nephews Jacob and Austin Holleman, Josh Martin.

Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 1:30 PM, Wednesday, March 23, 2011 in the Cathedral of The Immaculate Conception. Father Keith Pellerin will officiate. Burial will follow at Highland Memory Gardens under the direction of Johnson Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 2:00 PM until 9:00 PM, Tuesday with a rosary being recited at 6:30 PM, and continue from 9:00 AM until 12:00 PM, Wednesday in the funeral home.

A survivor of breast cancer in 2004, Faith actively involved herself in promoting cancer awareness among women. In lieu of flowers, Faith strongly wishes donations in her memory go to Pancreatic Cancer Action Network,, an organization dedicated solely to the advancement of research, patient support, and early detection of pancreatic cancer, a disease effecting nearly 50,000 Americans each year, receiving among the lowest of research dollars but yet among the highest in mortality rate.

With great care and tenderness of heart, Faith is ushered to her final resting place by Mike, and Jacob Holleman, Spencer Jackson, Tom Reeves, Jim Pousson, and Eric Lamandola. Honorary pallbearers are Chris Holleman, Joey Guillory, and Ted Harless.

Fran, we have been best friends for many years before my diagnosis, but the love, time and dedication you have given to me throughout this journey has meant more to me than you will ever know. There were many tears, enough laughs, painful moments and joyful experiences. I hope you remember them all and cherish all of the memories. Thank you, Love-Faith

My Dearest Love, Allison, Chris and I love, cherish, and remember you always and miss you deeply. Our lives are so enriched by yours.

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  1. Faith will never really be lost to us..we will feel her presence in so many special ways…through friends she always cared about, the dreams she left behind, in the beauty that she added to our days, the words of wisdom we still carry with us, and the memories that will never fade. Her special love lives on. May we find peace and comfort in the cherished memories of Faith. Frank, Allison, and Chris…Thank you so much for sharing Faith with all her co-workers and many friends. Each of us have a Faith story. My thoughts and prayers are with each of you.

  2. Frank and family Bob and I are deeply saddened by the loss of Faith. She was a great and lovely person. When she was younger she was a hoot and loved to have a great time. Always semed to the life of the party and haveing fun. Rest in peace Faith and we love you. Sandra and Bob

  3. Frank, Allison and Chris, my deepest sympathy and my heart goes out to you all. If there is anything I can do, please call me.

  4. Frank, my thoughts and prayers are with you, Allison and Chris at this time. You are all like family to me and I am here for you if you need anything. Faith will be truely missed by all who knew her. All my love, Tammy

  5. Frank,I am sorry for your loss. I will keep you and Faith in my prayers. Friends, Family and Faith in God will help you through this process. I'm sorry I never had the chance to meet Faith; I am sure she was a wonderful women. Take care of yourself and wake up with a smile everyday.Thanks, Matthew Coniglio

  6. I am flying in on Tuesday and will see all of you. Tears, love and happy memories for a woman of great strength and spirit who touched countless lives.Melissa Sarat

  7. I am on a vacation in Mexico, but last might I glimpsed the outline of her soul fly past the full moon over the mountain on her much deserved flight to God

  8. I join with so many others who knew Faith in offering my deepest sympathy on her passing. I will never forget everything she has done for me.She can now rest in peace.Lenka

  9. I will always remember Faith's smiling face and her laugh from our high school days at LaGrange. My thoughts are with all of you who loved her so much – Becky

  10. Mr. Frank, Allison and Christopher – I am so sorry for your loss. Ms. Faith touched my life in such a wonderful way a long time ago – I will never forget her. All my love and prayers go out to you. Love, Susan

  11. The entire Blackburn family,So sorry to hear of Faith's homegoing, but thankful that your memories are happy and abundant. May God give each of you the strength you need. Hang tight to each other, there is nothing like family.

  12. To Aunt Faiths Family–So sorry for the loss of your mother and wife. She will be remembered always in our prayers. Michele

  13. To you the Blackburn family know that you are in our prayers. Ms. Blackburn was one in a million teacher. She gravatated to kids who struggled and my son Sidney was one of them. No matter what she NEVER gave up on him. When he passed to the 9th grade he begged her to go with him cause he would learn and not get in trouble. Even though he moved on to high school he always would go and visit her and if he need a chewing out well, with love she did that too. My heart rejoices that she now rest, Where the Angels sing!

  14. Your 'Faith' rounded-out the fantastic faculty at S J Welsh that I so appreciated when I was there from 1984 1994.-Maxine Hall(x-Woodell)

  15. Your in great hands now. You touch my heart in many of ways.. You was a great teacher. I will miss you a lot… Love you bunches!

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