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Helen Lois Bruno Brown

August 20, 1948 ~ May 3, 2024

Helen Lois Bruno Brown, 75, passed away peacefully in her home on Friday, May 3, 2024 with her family by her side.

She was born on August 20, 1948 to Louis and Ruth Young Bruno in Lake Charles, LA. The youngest of 11 children, Helen was a graduate of LaGrange High School. She met Curtis Brown in 1967 and they married in 1968. Together they raised two sons, Randall Keith and Jeffrey Lynn. They lived in Westlake for many years before moving to Maplewood, but their favorite home was their camp at Toledo Bend. There, she was able to truly embrace her love of gardening, where she planted dozens of rose bushes that she tended and pruned daily. Helen loved to cook for her boys, and the whole Bruno-Brown family loved her spaghetti and meatballs! Helen was the “hostess with the most-est” at the annual Bruno Family Fish Fry every spring at Toledo Bend. Her hobbies included arts and crafts, working puzzles, gardening (especially roses), traveling with family, catching beads at parades, reading and enjoying a cold beverage while sitting on her deck at the lake.

Helen was a dedicated nurse, starting with Internal Medicine in 1976, then Oncology in 1981. She retired in 2007. The compassion she had for those in her care was often reciprocated with thank you letters and cards, homemade food and generous gifts.

Those left to cherish her memory are, her beloved husband Curtis Brown; her sons, Randy and Jeff; her sisters, Wyonna Bruno Berzas, Delores Bruno Newcomb and Shirley Bruno Ferri; her brother, Jerry Bruno; and numerous nieces and nephews who all loved her dearly.

The family wishes to thank the staff at Stat Home Health, Elara home health, and Heart of Hospice, with special thanks to CNA’s Diane Watkins, Nicole Campbell and Regenia Manuel.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, Louis Bruno, Jr., Bill Bruno and Robert Bruno; and her sisters, Betty Bruno Kingham, Marie Bruno Sosbe and Barbara Bruno Frost.

Her funeral service will be at 6:00 PM on Thursday, May 9, 2024 in the Johnson Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. David Brown will officiate. Visitation will begin on Thursday at 3:00 PM and continue until the start of the service at 6:00 PM. Graveside service will be Friday May 10 at 10:00 AM in Southwest Louisiana Veterans Cemetery in Jennings, LA. Cremation will be entrusted to Johnson Funeral Home of Lake Charles.

Services

Visitation: Thursday, May 9, 2024
3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Johnson Funeral Home
4321 Lake Street
Lake Charles, LA 70605


Funeral Service: Thursday, May 9, 2024
6:00 pm

Johnson Funeral Home
4321 Lake Street
Lake Charles, LA 70605


Graveside Service: Friday, May 10, 2024
10:00 am

Southwest Louisiana Veterans Cemetery
1620 Evangeline Road
Jennings, LA 70546


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  1. Candle 1My husband can remember on the fishing trip he took with our son-in-law Will Bruno that Helen would be outside picking her four-leaf clovers no one was allowed to walk in them no one was allowed to cut them and that stock out in his mind. She was also very nice to everyone that came to the fishing trip she was friendly kind and compassionate. She would get upset with the guys if they did not go fishing and they were just working on her yard or just cleaning up around there she said you’re not here to work your here to fish! Our thoughts and prayers go out to the whole family and know even though we’re not there we are there in spirit.

  2. Candle 1Curtis & Boys,
    I’m sorry that I can’t attend Helen’s services but I broke my right foot and I live in Houston; therefore, I cannot drive and nobody to get me there. I so would love to be there to say goodbye to her for now; will see her again one day. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    Becky Dunn

  3. Candle 4I worked with Helen at The Clinic in Lake Charles….I adored her. Such a joy to work with. I am so sorry for your loss…

  4. So sorry for the loss of Helen! I remember her well from when she worked for Dr Gore, I was a patient there and Helen was such a sweet spirit during that dark time in my life!
    May God give you peace and strength to get thru the difficult days ahead!

  5. Candle 4You were loved by many and will be missed by more.

    We remember all the get-togethers, music, dancing, laughing and gumbo… Such fun we all had.

    Rest in peace now. ❤️

  6. Candle 3Many great memories of Helen and members of her family, we attended Junior High and High School together. She enjoyed life to the fullest, she will be missed.

  7. Candle 3A long fight well fought. Another bright star in heaven. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  8. Candle 2I remember great memories of visits to California and Summer visits to see you all. Aunt Helen was so kind and Heaven has gained a beautiful Angel.

    CathyBrown, Heather Pease, and Donielle Brown

  9. Uncle Curtis, Jeffrey and Randy,
    I will miss Aunt Helen, she was an amazing woman. Her love and devotion to you, her family, was shown in her eyes, her words and her actions. My heart hurts for us all.
    God Bless

  10. I worked with “Helen, the Nurse” , as Mr Oates had inadvertently named her and the name stuck through the years. We began with the original Clinic on Oak Park Boulevard and continued at South Ryan. Helen was such a very special person, great co-worker and a most wonderful friend. I was so surprised to see her in Toledo Bend where she lived next door to two best friends of my husband and myself. In fact, it seems just weeks ago she had sent me a text and asked if we were not coming back to visit. I said we had so much going on here, but we’re trying to get back soon and looking forward to visiting again. As they say, if only I had known, I should have been a better friend and made opportunities to visit, or at least corresponded, instead of waiting. No one is promised a tomorrow. My sincere and deepest condolences to her family and heartfelt prayers for all. I’m sure she is busy visiting with family and friends in heaven while keeping an eye on those here below.


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