Joyce Fontenot Etheridge

October 22, 1921 ~ September 19, 2011

Joyce Fontenot Etheridge, 89, was called to her eternal home on Monday, September 19, 2011

Born on October 22, 1921 in Chataignier, Louisiana to Tanas and Martha Fontenot, Mrs. Etheridge moved to Cameron Parish with her parents at the age of four. She later moved to Lake Charles, where she met her husband, the late Thomas H. Etheridge, while he was stationed at Lake Charles Airfield (Chennault) during the second World War. Mrs. Etheridge was a devoted homemaker, and her life revolved around her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Known as "Nana" to her grandchildren and great grandchildren, Mrs. Etheridge delighted in every moment that she spent with them. She was a devout Roman Catholic and a member of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

Mrs. Etheridge is survived by one sister, Vernice Brand of Lake Charles; one son, Harlan Etheridge and wife Hsiao Yu (Kathy) of Lafayette; two daughters, Patricia Burgess and husband Lamar, Jr., of Lake Charles and Jenny Etheridge of Arlington, Texas; six grandchildren, Kristi Snody, Lamar Burgess III, Desiree' Burgess, Joel Terranova, Gena Terranova, and Tommy Etheridge; three great grandchildren, Sydney Terranova, Garrison Lamar Burgess and Gracie Rae Burgess; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of thirty-seven years, Thomas Harlan Etheridge, her parents, three brothers, one sister and numerous nephews and nieces.

Her funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM on Wednesday, September 21, 2011 at the Johnson Funeral Home Chapel. Monsignor Jace Eskind will officiate. Burial will follow in Consolata Cemetery. Visitation will be at the funeral home on Tuesday, September 20, 2011 from 3:00 PM to 9:00 PM with a scripture service and rosary at 6:00 PM. Visitation will continue on Wednesday from 8:00 AM until the start of the service.

The family would like to express their grateful appreciation for the compassionate care given their mother to Debbie Johnson, Teresa Drake, Emma Prudhomme, and the Staff at Resthaven Nursing Center.

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  1. Jenny, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers during the loss of your mother. I pray that you sense God's presence and comfort in this sad period. And know that I'll be here whenever and if ever you should need me.

  2. Jenny,My deepest sympathy is with you and your family. It doesn't matter how old or sick the loss is the same and our hearts ache. Your Mom is in a much better place free of pain. I'm sorry I can't be there with you and you were there for me. I will keep all of you in my prayers.

  3. We want to offer our deepest sympathy from our family to yours. Our families shared Winnie Street for many long years. It must of been a wonderful friendship because the Frazee's, Etheridge's and Foret's have been able to stay in communication all this time. Your mom and dad were my Godparents and I have missed your dad and will miss your mom. We have all those great memories from our times from kick the can to the barbecues we use to have as a neighborhood. People don't get together like that anymore those were the best of times. Your mom is in heaven meeting back up with your dad what a wonderful reunion. God Bless you all.

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