Vera Prater Duhon

November 26, 1930 ~ January 24, 2011

Vera Prater Duhon, 80, died Monday, January 24, 2011, in a local care facility, following a lengthy illness.

Mrs. Duhon was a descendant of an early pioneer family of Lake Charles, J. N. Prater, who was a merchant, a banker, a realtor and responsible for much of Lake Charles' early development. She was a native of DeQuincy and had lived in Lake Charles since 1948. She was a graduate of DeQuincy High School and attended McNeese State University for three years.

Mrs. Duhon was the first accountant/bookkeeper for KPLC-TV. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Lake Charles, where she served as a director in the Youth Department for thirty years and in the Senior Adult Department from 1990. She also served as Chairman and a member of the Historical Ministry Team of First Baptist Church from 1979. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and sister, and was always first to volunteer her time and energy to anyone in need. She was a servant and took great joy in helping others.

She is survived by her husband of sixty-two years, Gordon R. Duhon; two sons, Brett Duhon and his wife, Margaret, of DeQuincy and Mark Benson Duhon and his wife, Laura, of San Marcos, Texas; five grandchildren, Shelise Duhon Brockman, Heather Robinson, and Daniel, Aaron and Stephen Duhon; three great-grandchildren; and one sister, Marie Prater Groff and her husband, Clair W. "Gus" Groff, of Lake Charles.

Mrs. Duhon was preceded in death by her parents, Lela Newell Prater and Jasper Benson Prater, and her grandparents, Benson and Beulah Andrus Prater and Thomas Newel.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 AM on Thursday, January 27, 2011 at the First Baptist Church of Lake Charles. Dr. John Paul White will officiate. Burial will follow at Perkins Cemetery in DeQuincy. Visitation will be at Johnson Funeral Home on Wednesday from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM and continue on Thursday at the church from 9:00 AM until the start of the service.

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  1. Duhon Family,Thinking of you today wishing I could be there to celebrate Vera's life with you. Knowing her for 58 years has been an honor and a blessing. Having her for a neighbor for almost all of my growing up years has left me with some awesome memories that I will cherish always. I last saw her in Houston when I took Mother to see her when she was in the hospital here. I was able to hug her and tell her how much she has meant to me over the years. What a wonderful example of a Christian woman I had as a role model living right next door to me all my life. I am praying for all of you as you grieve her loss. Love to all of you, Debra

  2. Our hearts are sadden at Mrs. Duhon's passing, yet we rejoice knowing she is with our Lord. We know she has already organized a history committe, got a baseball game going and working on updating everyone's wardrobeMay God give you comfort, rest in His loving arms and give you strength.Chester, Gail, and Phillip

  3. Praying for you and your family. So happy your Mom is at rest with Jesus and no longer suffering. Randall Patty

  4. Remembering our days as neighbors when my children, John and Laurie, were growing up with Mark. I've prayed for Vera during these last years and I'm happy to say that I know she is in heaven with our Lord Jesus. I will be praying for all of you during this time. Your memories will become more precious as time goes by. OUr Lord will be with you all the way. Love to all, Marion Lasyone

  5. Vera was the most kind and wonderful person. She was not only beautiful on the outside but the inside as well! She will be greatly missed by family and friends.

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