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Melba Duhon

November 15, 1921 ~ July 22, 2020

On Wednesday, July 22, 2020, Melba Anita (Phillips) Duhon, age 98, left this world to be reunited with her husband and a host of loved ones.

Known as Mi Mi to many who knew and loved her (or was it Me Me? This was a source of spirited discussions among her grandchildren). She was born in Ragley, Louisiana to Henry and Rinsie (Ware) Phillips on November 15, 1921.  At a young age, Mi Mi (who acquired the nickname of “Postsie” somewhere along the way) married Woodrow Wilson Duhon.  Early in their lives, they became parents to Gretchen Ann and Beverly Lynn. Much LATER in life, they welcomed an unexpected caboose, Pamela Diane.  Woody made sure that his wife never wanted for material things in life.  She did not need to work outside the home; however, she held a variety of jobs throughout her life for one purpose only: being with people!  Two of her favorite jobs were Mullers Department Store and Tony’s Pizza. Mi Mi never met a stranger and loved to be on the go.  Her father used to say “If you pour gasoline on a pine log, Melba will be the first to straddle it and say ‘where are we going?”  Melba and Woody were extremely involved in Boulevard Baptist Church.  Countless babies were rocked in the nursery and multitudes of meals were cooked/served/cleaned up after in the church kitchen. Several mothers in the church were helped out when Mi Mi happily agreed to keep their babies during the work day.  Her love for her children and grandchildren was shown through the acts of sewing clothes for her daughters and costumes for her grandchildren, serving as room mother, cooking individual supper requests all in one meal, and attending any family event, large or small.  Mi Mi, like her mother, was faithful to set an example of prayer and service for her children.  She served as a proud Moss Regional Hospital Pink Lady, even serving as President for a term or so. Late in life, Mi Mi spent many happy hours gallivanting around town with granddaughter, Haley, getting nails done, eating at the Piccadilly, and looking for adventure.  She loved babies, dogs, shopping, going to gospel singings, and most of all, interacting with friends and family.  Having lived at Resthaven Nursing Center for the last chapter of her life, Melba was a daily fixture in the hallways as she checked on those not fortunate enough to be able to leave their rooms and be mobile. She represented Resthaven as its Mardi Gras queen one season, after which she always had a “royal” air about her. Even though she really wanted that 100th birthday party to match the one she had on her 90th, she would be quick to repeat, once again, “I’ve had a good life and had lots of blessings.” 

Mi Mi was predeceased by her husband of 62 years, Woody Duhon, her parents, daughter, Gretchen Duhon King, siblings Rev. Herbert Phillips, Merle Phillips, J.C. Phillips, and Millie Ensign.

Those who will remember her daily are daughters Beverly Allen (Charles) and Pamela LeDoux (Colvin); grandchildren Rob King, Stacie Reed (Mike), Haley Guillory (Josh), and Connor Fry. Surviving great-grands are Robert King III, Shelbie Lockhart (Orlan), Riley Reed, Jamie Guillory, Daniel Guillory, and Branson Guillory, who will join the family in 3 weeks. MiMi also leaves behind two great-great grandchildren, Orlan Reed Lockhart and Gwendolyn Lockhart.  Pam and Mallory Nicholson are special bonus family members on Team Mi Mi.  A well-loved group of nieces will also remember “Aunt Melba” while telling stories from throughout the years and cackling with laughter brought on by fond memories.

A social distancing visitation will be held on Sunday, July 26th from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Johnson Funeral Home in Lake Charles. A graveside service, led by Reverend Randy Monroe, will immediately follow at Highland Memory Gardens in the mausoleum. Pallbearers will be Rob King and Robert King III, Connor Fry, Mike Reed, Josh Guillory, Colvin LeDoux, and Charles Allen.

If you would like to honor Mi Mi’s memory, please social distance and wear a mask while in public.

 

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Melba Margaret Broussard Duhon, 88, of Topsy, LA died at 7:23 AM on Wednesday, October 6, 2010 in her residence.


Born April 27, 1922 in Lafayette, LA, Mrs. Duhon lived most of her adult life in Lake Charles, and has lived in Topsy for the past thirty-four years. She was a member of St. Theodore Catholic Church. She enjoyed cooking and spending time with her grandchildren. Granny will always be remembered for her Southern Hospitality' and was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother that will be missed dearly.


Mrs. Duhon is survived by her husband of seventy-one years, Dennis "Dan" Duhon of Topsy; daughter, Yvonne Plaisance and husband Darrell of Topsy; son, Ronnie Duhon and Joyce Nichols of Topsy; sisters, Arlene Gary and husband James of Moss Bluff and Bunice Broussard and husband John of Lake Charles; brother, Eugene Broussard and wife Edna of Houston, TX; twelve grandchildren; thirty-three great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.


She was preceded in death by her son, Ray A. Duhon; siblings, Hortense Broussard, Rita Comeaux, Sidney Broussard, Elodie Domingue, Clarpha "Shorty" Broussard, Amy Fontenot, Murphy Broussard, Mable Rogers, Hector Broussard, Nolton "PeeWee" Broussard, Bradley Broussard, Joseph "Speak" Broussard, and Lawrence Broussard; and great-grandchild, Bryce Plaisance.


Her funeral service will be at 11:00 AM on Friday, October 8, 2010 at St. Theodore Catholic Church. Monsignor Charles Dubois will officiate. Burial will follow in Ritchie Cemetery in Moss Bluff. Visitation will be at Johnson Funeral Home on Thursday from 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM with a scripture service and rosary at 6:00 PM. Visitation will continue on Friday from 9:00 AM until the start of the service at the church.


The family would like to express a special word of thanks to Odyssey Hospice, especially her nurse, Dody Fry, and also her caregivers, Carol McCarney, Lois Doucet, and Linda Trahan.

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  1. I have been blessed to have known Mrs. melba for just a short year. It was a joy to fix her hair and listen to her stories. She will be truly happy to see her son in Heaven. There wasn't one perm visit that there wasn't a tear shed for Mr. Ray. My favorite moment with her was when the door to the van wouldn't open for her to get her hair done. She told me I might have to do it in the van because she wasn't leaving until she was beautiful! God Bless the Family.

  2. My prayer goes out to Dennis and Yvonne. What a beautiful family this is. Dennis and Melba what a beautiful couple. I had the privalege of knowing for about ten years. May The Good Lord Bless Your Family

  3. Nesi and Family,Granny was a truly wonderful woman, I will always have fond memories of how spunky she was, always smiling and joking with us! She was a true blessing to all those who knew her.Love you guys….Dana

  4. To the Duhon Family,I will truly miss Granny and the beautiful smile on her face. My prayers are with all the family. God Bless!


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