Wendy Joann Thames

August 12, 1948 ~ January 14, 2011

Wendy Joann Thames, 62, of Bundick Lake, LA, died on Friday, January 14, 2011 in a local hospital.

Ms. Thames was born August 12, 1948 in Everett, MA and lived in Lake Charles for most of her life. She worked as a hairdresser for over forty years and most recently worked at Jolie Femme and L' Sundries at L' Auberge du Lac since their opening. She loved painting, gardening, traveling, and spending time with her grandchildren. She will always be remembered for her joyous laughter and her love for Jesus.

Ms. Thames is survived by her daughters, Phoebe Qualls and husband Phil of Sulphur, LA and Tiffaney Maggio and husband Sammy Maggio, III of Moss Bluff, LA; brothers, Brian Hamilton and wife Becky of Lake Charles and Bruce Hamilton and wife Joni of Lake Charles; grandchildren, Hunter Qualls, Seth Maggio, Carter Qualls, Sarah Maggio, and Sadie Qualls; and lifelong friend, Inci Glover of Lake Charles.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Earl Chester and Barbara Barton Hamilton.

Her funeral service will be at 11:00 AM on Monday, January 17, 2011 at the Johnson Funeral Home Chapel. Reverend Rick McClain will officiate. Burial will follow in Highland Memory Gardens. Visitation will be at the funeral home on Sunday from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM and continue on Monday from 8:00 AM until the start of the service.

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  1. A bright light has certainly gone out in Lake Charles. Wendy was my friend and hairdresser for over 20 years. We tried to remember one time exactly how long it had been, but we both had lost track. I have moved in and out of L.C. since I've known Wendy and each time I returned, she was one of the first persons I contacted. She did so much more than work miracles with my stubborn hair, she lifted my spirits every time I saw her. I loved telling her a joke because she enjoyed it more than anyone else I knew. I just found out about her passing and the news has left such a hole in my heart. She was so well and vibrant the last time I saw her before I moved in Nov. of '09. She was one of the last people I saw before I packed up the moving van. I have missed her every day since I've been gone and I will continue to miss her. My heart goes out to all her family. I know you join me in looking forward to seeing her again one day and hearing that wonderful laugh that brightened our day.

  2. Brian, Bruce and Family,Oh my Lord, I pray for peace for all that you have had to endure. I will miss my dear friend Wendy, never will be another laugh like hers. All the summers we had together here on the island, God blessed us with one last visit from Earle and Wendy. I am so happy to have had that time with both of them. My prayer is that they are all together in Gods presence now and at Peace. My heart goes out to you all. AnnMarie

  3. Bruce, Brian, and family,Our hearts and prayers are with you in the loss of your precious sister, Wendy.We thank God for the influence of her life and your parents, Earl and Barabara, in the Dry Creek/Bundick Lake community.Curt and DeDe Iles

  4. Bryan Bruce: I willnever forgot the special trip you all arranged for Wendy's 62 BD!! This was a great time for my long time friend. I will miss her deeply as you and your families will.I heard they had malls in the heavens; she'd love that!!! God Bless.

  5. Dear Sarah,I am sorry about the loss of your mawmaw. I will miss her and I Know you will miss her VERY much too. I miss her laugh, she had the most AMAZING laugh. She will be missed. Hope you feel better.

  6. I enjoyed getting to know you and your family. I will always remember you Ms Thames. You have a glowing, growing legacy in your family. You will surely be missed.

  7. I was saddened to see that Wendy had passed away. She was a wonderful person with a big heart. I know that heaven is a livlier place with her presence. She must be even more wide eyed and excited than she was in her life here. I pray that God will comfort you in this time.

  8. I was so sorry to hear of Wendy's passing. She was such a positive wonderful person. She was very dear to our mom, Norma Pesson and to our whole family. Please accept our condolences and prayers.Brenda

  9. Phoebe…April and I are so sorry to learn of your mother's death. Our prayers are with you and your family.April Kennedy and mom Gloria Bello

  10. Phoebe–we use to work together at First Federal and I think of you Phil often. I just wanted to say I am sorry to hear of your mom's passing. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  11. So sorry for the loss of dear Wendy. We attended Abundant Life for years with her. Haven't seen her in awhile, but was reminiscing about her with an old friend a few weeks ago. She always seemed to be smiling and spread great joy where ever she went. The world was a better place with her in it. So happy she will be in heaven with us when we all go home.

  12. The world wont quite be the same without Wendy. She helped me when I was in need, enjoyed working by her side at Out of Necessity!Cant even picture the joy and excitement as she is greeted by Ms Barbara and her dear Dad. and most of all her precious Saviour. God bless you all dearest of families.

  13. There was never a time, while working with Ms. Wendy at L'Auberge, that I didn't smile when I saw her. She brought joy to everyone who knew her. She was such a beautiful lady – inside out – and she will be greatly missed. I know that today Heaven is filled with Ms. Wendy's one of a kind laughter and I can't wait to hear it again one day.

  14. Tiff, I'm so sorry to hear about your mom. She was such a happy person. She'll never be forgotten especially her laughter. You and your family are in my prayers. If you need anything please let me know.

  15. Tiffany and Phoebe, I can still hear your Mom's laughter in my head from all of the times I would go with Mamaw (Norma) to Janice's for her to do Mamaw's hair. She brightened the room at all times! I am sure they are together again laughing and cutting up. We are so lucky to have her as an angel watching over us. Prayers are with you and your loved ones.

  16. Tiffany, I just heard about your mom's passing. I am so sorry. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers as you go through this. I am here for you anytime. Take care.

  17. Tiffany..So sorry to hear of the loss of your beautiful mother. I'm so happy I got to meet her recently. She was so sweet to me and had a smile that would light up a room. You're family has had it shares of heartache lately. Please know that we're all thinking praying for you guys. May God hold you all close help you through this difficult time. Love ya..Melanie Danny Dupre

  18. To the family, I remember so well the infectious laughter of your Mom while attending services @ Abundant Life Fellowship. She always had a smile and graciously extended a hug or just a word of encouragement.Some time later I was privileged to care for Seth and Sarah @ Glad Tidings Pre-school, they were such a blessing. I pray for peace at this time and in the coming days, weeks and months. God Bless each of you. Ms. Dot

  19. We are so sorry for your loss, We will always remember Wendy for her love infectious laugh. Remember when she would highlight Dawson's long curls Know you are in our prayers during this time, Love always, Renita Dawson

  20. Wendy made everyone smile, laugh and enjoy life. Her wonderful demeanor was second to none. I was fortunate to know her through work at L'Auberge. God Bless.

  21. Wendy was a dear friend to me, and to many. She will be deeply missed, but has left many fond memories for us all to reflect on. As for myself, I will always remember the sound of her wonderful laugh. It was music to the ear.I will not be able to attend her service as my mother has surgery Monday morning. But my thoughts and prayers will be with everyone in the family.With much love and sympathy,Nancy Alexander

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