Deola Marie Guillory 

Published 5:00 am Wednesday, June 26, 2024

Deola Marie Johnson Guillory, 92, passed away on Sunday, June 23, 2024, in Lake Charles, La. Born on Jan. 19, 1932, in Basile, La., to Lawrence and Annie Johnson, Deola lived a life filled with love, faith, and dedication.

Growing up in Basile, La., Deola later married the love of her life, Wilfred Guillory. Together, they moved to Chloe, La., and then settled in Lake Charles, where they built a beautiful life. Deola worked in many local school cafeterias and retired as the Cafeteria Manager at F.K. White Middle School. She was a devoted and faithful member of St. Margaret Catholic Church until 1991, and thereafter, she attended Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Church. Her commitment to her Catholic faith was evident through her active participation in the Catholic Daughters, her unyielding prayer life, and the many candles she lit for others.

A loving wife and mother, Deola found immense joy in her family. Her home was often filled with the warmth of home-cooked meals, laughter, and love. She enjoyed sewing, reading, and spending time with her loved ones. Deola and Wilfred shared many cherished evenings dancing to French music at the VFW Hall, their laughter and joy often resonating with those around them.

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Deola’s memory will be forever cherished by her five children, Robert Guillory (Diana), Margie Newman, Deborah Guillory Gore (Ivy, deceased), Dianna Boykin (Scott), and Peggy Taylor (Edward); her grandchildren, Tracey Boyd, Ashley Shelden, Chantel Brown, Keith Gore, Kyle Gore, John Scott Boykin, Alex Boykin, Gray Taylor, and Annie Taylor; her 14 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of over 50 years, Wilfred Guillory; her parents; her brothers, Allen, Odeus, Anthony, and Curley P. Johnson; her sister, Melina Conner; her daughter, Dianna Guillory Boykin; and her two grandsons, Bobby Guillory, and Chad Newman.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 27, 2024, in Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Church, 3939 Lake Street. The Rev. Joshua Page will serve as Celebrant. Burial will follow in Highland Memory Gardens Cemetery under the direction of Johnson Funeral Home. Visitation will begin at 4 p.m. on the evening of Wednesday, June 26, in the Johnson Funeral Home Chapel, 4321 Lake Street, and will continue until 8 p.m., with a rosary being recited at 7 p.m. Visitation will resume on Thursday morning at 9 a.m. and will continue until leaving in procession to the church.

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