Joyce Mae Leger Brown

January 11, 1942 ~ March 11, 2011

Joyce Mae Leger Brown, 69, of Lake Charles went home Friday, March 11, 2011 in a local hospital.

Mrs. Brown was born in Crowley, LA, raised in Opelousas and has lived nearly fifty years in Lake Charles. She worked twenty years for local area cleaners before opening and operating Sunshine Cleaners in Lake Charles for thirty years. In 1997 and 2001, she was a recipient of awards from the State of Louisiana for Outstanding Women in Business. In addition, Mrs. Brown also owned and operated Sunshine Reception Hall where she hosted and catered events, and was considered an outstanding chef. Mrs. Brown enjoyed league bowling with her team throughout the years. Her hobbies were playing cards, going to casinos and leisure traveling.

Mrs. Brown was a faithful member of St. Henry Catholic Church where she was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary and Catholic Daughter's. Also, she completed Cursillo Retreat, where she found great peace.

Mrs. Brown will be most remembered as a loving wife, mother and grandmother, as her greatest times were shared with her family, friends and especially her grandchildren.

She leaves to cherish her memory, her devoted husband of forty-eight years, Oscar Paul Allen Brown, Sr. of Lake Charles; six sons, Paul Allen (Mary Matilda) of Lake Charles, Samuel (Yvonne) of Houston, TX, Leonard Wayne (Tammy) of Lake Charles, Ronald Azier of Houston, TX, Michael Jac (Deidra) of Lake Charles and John Kevin Brown of Houston, TX; one daughter, Rhonda Faye Brown-Fontenot (Richard) of Lake Charles; fourteen grandchildren; two great- grandchildren; three brothers, John Leger of Opelousas, Joseph Leger of Seattle, WA and Ferrell Glen Leger of Opelousas; eight sisters, Audrey Leger of Houston, TX, Maudrey Simien of Opelousas, Louida Fuselier of Lafayette, Phyllis Savoy of Lake Charles, Elizabeth Leger of Seattle, WA, Elvia Jones of Lake Charles, Shirley Massey of Moss Point, MS and Carol Berry of Opelousas and many nephews, nieces and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Jack and Elvie Veazie Leger, Sr. and one brother, Jack Lionel Leger and three grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 1:00 PM Monday, March 21, 2011 in St. Henry Catholic Church. Monsignor Danny Torres will officiate. Interment will follow in Combre Memorial Park under the direction of Johnson Funeral Home. Visitation Sunday will be from 5:00 PM until 10:00 PM with a scripture service and rosary beginning at 6:30 PM. Visitation Monday will be from 8:00 AM until 12:15 PM in the funeral home.

Pallbearers for service will be her sons.

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  1. Dear Joyce Mae Brown Family, Praise God for a well lived and meaningful life of a wonderful, loving sister! For indeed your loved one had a unique quiet spirit that provided a special touch for anyone she came in contact with. Her kind smile and sincerity will be greatly missed. Ms. Joyce had a way of looking straight into one's eyes when she talked to them that let the person know that she was giving you her total undivided or distracted attention. She did so much and seem to have so much ambition and drive. I thank God that our paths crossed in life. There were times when her mere words provided much needed healing and encouragement for my soul. We always greeted one another with a warm sisterly embrace. I know that she gave all she had to her family, her community, her friends and all who she could. I am sure you all will be able to gain strength from the wonderful memories of a contented woman who lived out the life God gave her by spreading the human love and compassion unceasingly. Her quality and style is reflected in the lives of her children. Be blessed and thank God for now she can rest from her labor!Sincerely, KTT

  2. I wanted to send my condolences to the Brown family. My granddaughter, Tammy, is married to Joyces' wonderful son, Len. When I came to visit a couple of years ago, I got to meet the whole family. They were so warm and wonderful to me. I will never forget it. I know that Joyce is now at peace in Heaven with all the other Angels. My deepest sympathy is with you all.

  3. I will miss her so much. I've learned alot from Aunt Joyce. I wish i had just one more day to thank her for making my life so much easier. She will be truly missed by me, my kids, my mom and dad, my brothers, and many more. I love you all.

  4. My sincere condolences for your loss. I am a distant cousin and heard about Joyce. My grandmother Alvirda Veazie Campbell was Joyce's mother's auntie. My prayers are with you all at this time and always. May the family find peace with all the love and precious memories.

  5. My thoughts and prayers are with your family during this time of transition. May your many wonderful family memories bring you comfort.

  6. Our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Joyce Mae.When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure. Jerry and Sue Eller

  7. Paul, Rhonda and all the boys, my heart is with you at this time. Joyce has always been an inspiration and motivator for me. I thank Jesus Christ for allowing her to be a part of my life! I love you guys very much!

  8. So sorry for the loss of Joyce Mae. We never had the privilege of meeting Joyce Mae but we have got to be with Leonard her son, whom we think the world have. I know that she will be missed dearly by her husband, children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and friends. The family will be in our thoughts and prayers.

  9. We want to extend our deepest sympathy to the whole Brown family. My daughter Tammy is married to Joyces' son, Leonard. Joyce was a wonderful person who raised 7 wonderful children. When my daughter married Len, Joyce opened her arms to Tammy and treated her like one of her own. Since we were so far away, it was very comforting to know that she would always be there for her. How blessed we were to have her. We know Joyce spent her life working as hard as anyone we've known, but also always had time for her children and grandchildren. We hope that the memories from the past will help all her loved ones make it through the coming days. When someone is loved as much as Joyce was, her memory will always live on in their hearts. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

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