When I am gone, release me, let me go.
I have so many things to see and do.
You must not tie yourself to me with tears.
Be happy that we had so many years.
I gave you my love, and you can only guess,
How much you gave me in happiness.
I thank you for the love you each have shown.
But now, it’s time I travel alone.
So, grieve awhile for me, if grieve you must.
Then let your grief be comforted by trust.
It’s only for a while that we must part.
So, bless the memories within your heart.
I won’t be far away, for life goes on;
So, if you need me, call and I will come;
Though you can’t see or touch me—I’ll be near.
And if you listen with your heart, you will hear,
All my love around soft and clear.
And when you must come this way alone,
I’ll greet you with a smile, and say,
Gladys Simien, 86 of Lake Charles, LA passed away on Saturday morning, February 4, 2023, surrounded by family. Gladys was born on May 7, 1936 in Mallet, LA to Abra and Lillian Simien. She had a very pleasing and caring personality. Gladys helped to care for her brothers and sisters while her mom was in the hospital. She loved family gatherings and holidays. Gladys always looked forward to having her favorite pecan candy and listening to her beloved French music.
Gladys was preceded in death by her parents, Abra and Lillian Lachapelle Simien; sisters, Irene Alex and Mathilda Gobert; brothers, Wilbert Simien, Lawrence Simien, Merrick Simien, Abraham Simien and Herbert Simien.
Gladys is survived by her sister, Marjorie Labbe and husband Hayward Sr.; sisters-in-law, Joyce Simien, Mearline Simien, Ora Simien, and Theresa Simien and brothers, Emerick Simien (Brenda), and Albert Simien. She also leaves a host of nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
A Mass of Christian burial will be at 11:00 AM Friday, February 10, 2023 under the direction of Johnson Funeral Home. Monsignor Jace Eskind will officiate. Interment services will follow at Combre Memorial Park. Visitation Friday will be from 9:00 AM until 10:30 AM at the funeral home. A rosary will be recited at 10:00 AM.
“We wish to express our most sincere gratitude and appreciation to everyone who offered prayers, support and love for our sister. Your thoughtfulness and kindness will always be appreciated.”