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Helen C. Knowles

April 24, 1920 ~ November 3, 2010

Helen Cecile Noel Knowles of Lake Charles, died Friday, November 5, 2010 after a brief illness. She was 90 years old.


Helen was born in Abbeville on April 23, 1920, to Elizabeth Bajat and Leopold Noel. She is the widow of former Senator Jesse Knowles, also of Lake Charles.


Visitation will be Sunday, November 7 from 4:00 PM until 9:00 PM with a rosary at 6:00 PM, reopening at 8:00 AM on Monday in the funeral home. A mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, November 8 at 11:00 AM at Our Lady Queen of Heaven. Burial will follow at St. Mary Magdalene Cemetery in Abbeville. Johnson Funeral Home in Lake Charles is in charge of arrangements.


She is survived by her niece, Ada Noel Duhon, her husband Jude and family, of Abbeville; nieces, Catherine Noel Bass and family of Houston, Christine Noel Devenport and family of Abbeville; nephews, Ted Noel and family of Abbeville, Sammy Noel of Abbeville, Norris Broussard, Jr. and family, Ronald Wayne Broussard and family, Daniel Paul Broussard; niece, Sandra Broussard Rosales, all from Groves, TX; and younger brother, Theodule Noel of Abbeville.


Helen's life was a gift to all who knew her. She was blessed with an abundance of spiritual strength and great poise. Helen and Jesse shared a life dedicated to each other, their community, and their beloved country. She was a dedicated auxiliary member of the American Legion, VFW, and Lake Charles Garden Club. Her example of courage, faith and gracefulness will be her legacy.


She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of sixty-six years; her brother, Leopold Noel, Jr.; her sister, Florence Noel Broussard; her niece, Suzanne Noel; and nephew, Leopold III.

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  1. ADA AND FLY, I JUST FOUND OUT MS HELEN PASSED AWAY , TODAY/WED.I WAS SO UPSET,I READ THE PAPER, I THOUGHT, BUT DIDN'T SEE IT,AND FOUND OUT TONITE AT AMER LEGION AUX MEETING.I AM SO HEART BROKEN FOR YOU. I LOVED MS HELEN ALOT AND SHE WAS SUCH AN INSPIRATION TO ME, AS MR.JESSE WAS TO ALBERT, BOY DID SHE HAVE CLASS. I KNOW SHE IS HAPPY TO BE WITH JESSE BUT WILL MISS HER BEING AROUND AND HER FRIENDSHIP. LOVE TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY

  2. Aunt Helen has always been to me a beautiful and elegant lady. The love that she and Uncle Jesse had for each other has always been ainspiration for me. I truly loved her dearly. She has had a good life and made a difference to many people.

  3. Helen and Jesse were always like a sister and brother to me and their friendship will forever be cherished. We hold such wonderful memories of times we shared with them. Helen was such a dear, dear lady and we will miss our telephone conversations with her. Our loss is heaven's gain. May God comfort each of her loved ones during this time.Beverly and Dale JonesEdna ThompsonRaleigh, North Carolina

  4. I work at the Wildlife Fisheries office on Lakeshore Drive… Jessie was a regular Visitor at our Office… And I'd been to his and his Wife's house at least a couple times in the past… The last time I went by was right after Hurricane Rita, and I think they were out of town, because of damage to their House… Just came across her Obituary by accident on the Johnson's Webpage… Sorry to hear about it…Kenny Hebert


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