Joyce Clarke

October 4, 1940 ~ May 24, 2024

Joyce Clarke passed away on Friday, May 24, 2024, in a Lake Charles hospital. She was born on October 4, 1940, in Kaplan, Louisiana, to Aston and Aledia Cormier Herpin.

Joyce was a devoted wife and mother for 65 years. She loved her family dearly, and she cherished her Catholic Faith. Throughout her life, she held many roles and was actively involved in her community. She served as the President of the Our Lady Queen of Heaven Lady’s Altar Society, was a Cub Scout leader, a room mother, and a member of the Catholic Daughters and the Red Hat Society. She was also the President of the 1958 Kaplan High School Graduating Class and a member of the Choir of the Cajun French Music Association. She was frequently asked to recite the rosary in French for funerals.

Joyce enjoyed ceramics and candle making, and especially loved traveling with her husband, Dudley. She could speak and write both English and Cajun French.

Those left to cherish her memory are her beloved husband of 65 years, Dudley Clarke; her children, Keith Clarke (Rene), Kevin Clarke (Sharon), and Kim Duplechain (Thomas); her grandchildren, Brennen Clarke, Chelsea McLemore (Daniel), Grant Duplechain, and Reagan Duplechain; her great-grandchildren, Lorelei McLemore and Jensen McLemore; and her sister, Helen Schexnider.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 1:00 PM on Wednesday, May 29, 2024, at Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Church. Msgr. James Gaddy will serve as Celebrant. Interment will follow in Consolata Cemetery under the direction of Johnson Funeral Home. Visitation will begin on the evening of Tuesday, May 28, at 5:00 PM at the Johnson Funeral Home of Lake Charles Chapel, located at 4321 Lake Street, and will continue until 9:00 PM, with a rosary being recited at 6:00 PM. Visitation will resume at the funeral home on Wednesday, May 29, at 11:30 AM and continue until leaving in procession to the church.


Visitation: Tuesday, May 28, 2024
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Johnson Funeral Home
4321 Lake Street
Lake Charles, LA 70605

Rosary: Tuesday, May 28, 2024
6:00 pm

Johnson Funeral Home
4321 Lake Street
Lake Charles, LA 70605

Visitation: Wednesday, May 29, 2024
11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Johnson Funeral Home
4321 Lake Street
Lake Charles, LA 70605

Mass of Christian Burial: Wednesday, May 29, 2024
1:00 pm

Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Church
3939 Lake St.
Lake Charles, LA 70605

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  1. Candle 1Miss Joyce will always have a special place in my husband and I heart. I will always remember when our son Jace who was born with special needs came into our lives and she was there and told us that the Lord gives special children to special people I will never forget that especially it turns out that she’s really the special one.

  2. Even though we haven’t had much time to visit the last years, every time I saw Nan Joyce, she was so happy to see me and catch up, and check on her nephews. She was a wonderful woman and set a beautiful example of what faith and love should look like. Uncle Dud, Keith, Kevin and Kim – you and your families are in my prayers. Love you all. Debbie

    • Candle 1Tash and Dudley have Always had a special place in our hearts since the day God put them in our lives. Over the years, We have become close friends and what we considered family. I will always remember the fun times we’ve had together and she will truly be missed but always remembered. There will never be anyone like sweet precious tash.

  3. Candle 4Joyce was a remarkable woman whose unwavering faith and devotion to her Catholic beliefs guided her throughout her life. I found her an inspiration for my faith. As a loving mother, she nurtured her children with kindness, gentleness, and an endless source of encouragement, instilling in them the values of compassion and integrity. Joyce’s dedication as a wife for many years was a testament to her strength and commitment, creating a home filled with love and support. Her serene presence and heartfelt guidance touched the lives of her family and friends, leaving a legacy of love and faith that will continue to inspire all who knew her. May God bless her family.

  4. Mr Dudley, Kevin, Keith, and Kim,
    We are sorry for the loss of Mrs Joyce, and we are lifting you up in prayer.

    Celeste and Tim

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