Haila E. Handley Traske

December 1, 1944 ~ September 23, 2011

Haila Esther Handley Traske, 66, of Lake Charles entered into rest, Friday, September 23, 2011 from the comfort of her daughter's home.

Mrs. Traske was born in Crowley, LA and has lived most of her life in Lake Charles. She was a graduate of Lake Charles High School where she was a Kiltie and attended Northwestern State University. Mrs. Traske worked most of her life in the Insurance and Real Estate Industry. She was formerly the Owner and Operator of Handley Traske Insurance. She took great pride in being part of the oldest, successful Insurance Company in Lake Charles and that today, it currently remains in operation by her daughter.

Mrs. Traske enjoyed the arts and music, spinning and weaving, reading, flower gardening, camping, bird watching and her dogs, nature at its best. She was a member of Spinners and Weavers of Imperial Calcasieu and past member of Diggers and Weeders Garden Club.

She will be most remembered for her sense of humor and her laughter.

She leaves to cherish her memory, one son, Vince Traske and wife Nancy and one daughter, Tonya Traske, both of Lake Charles; four grandchildren, Amanda Traske, Corey Chauvin, Thomas Traske, U.S. Navy and Sarah Traske, all of Lake Charles; one great- grandchild, Gavin Chauvin of Lake Charles and two brothers, Richard F. Handley and wife Mary of Plano, TX and Douglas Handley and wife Diana of Lake Charles.

She was preceded in death by her devoted husband of twenty-four years, Thomas Edward Traske; parents, Curtis Merrill and Esther Handley and two brothers, Curtis M. Handley, Jr. and Bruce W. Handley.

Funeral services will be at 2:00 PM Tuesday, September 27, 2011 in the Johnson Funeral Home Chapel. Chaplain Drew Fontenot will officiate. Visitation Monday will be from 5:00 PM until 10:00 PM. Visitation Tuesday will be from 10:00 AM until the time of service in the funeral home.

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  1. Dear Tonya and Faimly, I'm sadden to hear of the loss of your mother. I also rejoice in knowing that she is in a better place where she no longer feels pain and sickness. May God bless and keep your faimly safe. my deepest condolence Thomas D.Sonnier

  2. I have so many wonderful memories of Haila. I first met Haila just a few months after Tom's death. We attended Retreat and Spin-In in Destin, used to rent a condo with the LC girls. I used to love her stories of her and Tom's travels then her wonderful laugh after the stories. Haila was in my opinion a wonderful kind person with a Great sense of humor. I used to get some funny e-mails from her, I'll miss them. May she rest in peace with her beloved, Tom.

  3. I love you very much, and truly know you are at peace now…I miss you but I know that GOD's plan will all come together one day when I am blessed to be sent your way to go camping and hang out like you use to do with us when we where kid's….thank you for letting me make my own mistakes along the way in life I am truly blessed in sooo many ways… your Daughter..

  4. Ma'am you were an extraordinary woman, who nourished an excellent family. You will be missed but not forgotten. looking up at you from below Harry Smith,

  5. Mary and I will miss you Sister. We are so glad we wee able to come see you in August of 2011 and have a chance to share our memories together. You were and are loved and will be missed. You were our only sister and nurtured 4 brothers well. Our Love to Tonya, Vince and their families at this difficult time of grief in their lives. May the God of Peace, joy and love comfort you at this time of loss. Love, Richard and Mary

  6. Ms. Haila was a strong,wonderful,humerous,and very intellegent woman. She has touched so many lives,the list is endless. She will be missed by her family and friends. During my senior year in high school the Traske's took me into their home for a few months. This unconditional, no questions asked, loving gesture has never been nor will ever be forgotten. I have been blessed to have known her and a far better person to have had her in my life. My heart goes out to my best firend Tonya, Vince, and the rest of Ms. Haila's family. Sincerely, Suzonna G. Dillon

  7. My prayers and thoughts go out to Haila's family at this sad time. I hope your many wonderful memories of your times with her bring you comfort. I appreciate her friendship and the support she and Tom gave me when I was growing up in Lake Charles.

  8. Our family is deeply sorry for the lose of your beloved Haila. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. She will be surely missed.

  9. Please accept my deepest condolences on the passing of your Mom. She's now with her husband, Tom, Warren and the rest of her family that have before her. She will now live in your hearts eternally.Love,Tonie O'Rourke

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