Shirley L. Abshire

September 11, 1938 ~ June 15, 2024

Shirley Dee Lege Abshire was born September 11, 1938 in Gueydan, LA to Gregaire Lege and Nettie Humble Lege and passed away on Saturday June 15 with her family at her side.

Shirley graduated in 1956 from Gueydan High School where she was a starter for four years on the basketball and softball teams. She married the love of her life, Curliss John Abshire, on October 6, 1956 at Saint Peter Catholic Church in Gueydan, LA. The young couple moved to Lake Charles in 1964, where she lived the rest of her life and became a homemaker and mother to their four children. Shirley loved to cook and bake and was known for her cinnamon rolls, wagon wheel cookies, pork chops/rice and gravy, sausage & potatoes, blackberry cobbler, and cabbage rolls. She also loved to sew and made numerous outfits/costumes for her children through the years.

Shirley and Curliss owned and operated a floor covering business for 4 years. She later worked in the office of Our Lady of Good Counsel as a volunteer under Rev. Jace Eskind for 12 years. She was a faithful Catholic and parishioner at Saint Margaret’s, Our Lady of Good Counsel, and Christ the King Catholic Churches over the last 60 years.

Preceding Shirley in death are her parents; brothers Nelson Lege, Kenneth Lege, Donald Lege, Gregory Lege; and infant granddaughter, Elizabeth Abshire.

Those left to honor and cherish her memory are her beloved husband of 67 years, Curliss; children, Deborah Nunez (Ellis) of Grand Lake, Danny Abshire (Cindy) of Iota, Mike Abshire (Deanne) of Lake Charles, and Jill Abshire (Bryan Cameron) of Blue Point, NY; sisters, Frankie Trahan (Tommy) of Houston, TX and Mi Mi Prejean (Carl) of China, TX ; grandchildren, Stephanie Peloquin (Andy), Jacob Nunez, Caleb Abshire, Amanda Stratton (Justin), Nick Abshire, and Chad Abshire (Taylor); great-grandchildren; Drew, Adam, and Daniel Peloquin; Andi, Allie, and Avery Stratton; Meredith and Benjamin Abshire; Kamrin and Cayce Thibodeaux (Maddy); Blair and Elliot Nunez; great-great grandchild, Easton Thibodeaux, “adopted” son Randy Fruge (Michelle), and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held at Johnson Funeral Home Tuesday, June 18, 2024 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm with a recitation of the rosary at 7:00 pm. Visitation will resume at Johnson Funeral Home on Wednesday, June 19 at 12:00 pm until the start of a celebration of life service at 2:00 pm. The Very Rev Anthony Fontenot will officiate. Burial will follow at Consolata Cemetery.

The family would like to thank the compassionate care provided by the following: Verandah Memory Care, Harbor Hospice, and K & C Homecare.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the following: or or Matthews Giving Tree Foundation PO Box 52 Sayville NY 11782.


Visitation: Tuesday, June 18, 2024
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Johnson Funeral Home
4321 Lake Street
Lake Charles, LA 70605

Rosary: Tuesday, June 18, 2024
7:00 pm

Johnson Funeral Home
4321 Lake Street
Lake Charles, LA 70605

Visitation: Wednesday, June 19, 2024
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Johnson Funeral Home
4321 Lake Street
Lake Charles, LA 70605

Funeral Service: Wednesday, June 19, 2024
2:00 pm

Johnson Funeral Home
4321 Lake Street
Lake Charles, LA 70605

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  1. So sorry for your loss. She will be missed.
    Praying God’s peace and comfort during your time of grief.

  2. My deepest condolences to the family. I would like to thank Mr. Curliss, Danny, Mike, Jill and Debbie for allowing to care for Mrs. Shirley. I thank God for the memories of my time spent with Mrs. Shirley.And will always smile when I think about her sense of humor with that catchy saying, WHATEVER! Will keep the family in my thoughts and prayers!😍

  3. Candle 1Rest in peace Shirley. Your legacy of love and happiness will live on in the memories of each of your children and grandchildren.

  4. Candle 1RIP Mrs Abshire.
    May the Lord be your strength Mr. Abshire and family.
    From your neighbors Chris & Belinda Avery and Betty Rachal

  5. Candle 1Jill, sending you and the rest of your family, peaceful energy.
    We know your mom is now dancing with the angels.

  6. Candle 4My deepest condolences Jill to you and your family. Sending love and prayers your way.🙏🏽❤️

  7. Candle 1Mike, sending hugs and love to you and your family. May the Lord surround you with his love and grant you peace and comfort in this most difficult time.

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