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OBITUARY

Lana Marie (Dinger) Eakin

November 25, 1949October 17, 2019
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Lana Marie Dinger Eakin, 69, of Grand Lake, passed away on Thursday, October 17, 2019 at her residence. She was born to her parents, Henry and Joyce Dinger on November 25, 1949 in Morgan City, LA. She enjoyed jewelry making, gardening, spending time with her grandchildren, playing Pokeno with her girlfriends, and singing Karaoke.

She is survived by her husband of 52 years, William "Tommy" Eakin; her mother, Joyce Dinger of Lake Charles; one son, Billy Jay Eakin and wife SarahJane of Carlyss; two daughters, Daphne Marti and husband Brent of Lake Charles, Jillian McBride and husband Jason of Westlake; two brothers, Henry "J-Boy" Dinger, Jr. and wife Sherry of Lake Charles, Eric Dinger and wife Claudette of Grand Lake; along with nine grandchildren, Andrew and Lauren Eakin, Lyndi, Landon, and Lane Marti, Emily, Hannah, Olivia, and Kate Marie McBride.

Lana is preceded in death by father, Henry Joseph Dinger, Sr.

Services will be held at Hixson Funeral Home of Lake Charles on Monday, October 21, 2019 at 2:00pm with Bro. Monty Jones officiating. Visitation will be at Hixson Funeral Home of Lake Charles on Sunday, October 20, 2019 from 4:00pm to 8:00pm. Visitation will resume at the funeral home on Monday, from 11:00am until the time of the service. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Ethel Precht Foundation or the charity of your choice. Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.hixsonfuneralhomes.com.

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  • She is survived by her husband of 52 years, William "Tommy" Eakin; her mother, Joyce Dinger of Lake Charles; one son, Billy Jay Eakin and wife SarahJane of Carlyss; two daughters, Daphne Marti and husband Brent of Lake Charles, Jillian McBride and husband Jason of Westlake; two brothers, Henry "J-Boy" Dinger, Jr. and wife Sherry of Lake Charles, Eric Dinger and wife Claudette of Grand Lake; along with nine grandchildren, Andrew and Lauren Eakin, Lyndi, Landon, and Lane Marti, Emily, Hannah, Olivia, and Kate Marie McBride.

    Lana is preceded in death by father, Henry Joseph Dinger, Sr.

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, October 20, 2019
  • Visitation Monday, October 21, 2019
  • Funeral Service Monday, October 21, 2019

Memories

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Cherie McQuaig

October 23, 2019

Lana is the closest thing to a big sister I ever had in all my 61 years. For me, Lana invented quality time.
When I was a little girl she would take me riding in her car and talk to me like I was a grown up.
If I visited her at her parents’ when she was a teenager she would show me all of her special treasures and tell me secrets.
When I grew up she would have me stay weekends now and again, especially after I had Trace. He and Jill were playmates.
Each time I visited she would take me to her room and show me her clothes and makeup and shampoo, etc. She would tell me what she had been doing for fun. I remember how happy she was when she got her Karaoke machine.
She’d show me the new decorations in her house and new furniture.
She’d share with me about her children and their lives. She always said: “Jill’s just exactly like you Cherie “. That made me feel happy because I always loved Jill extra special. She’s very precious to me.
And Lana always fed me good stuff; like peanut butter pie.
She always knew the right things to say at the right times. Like when I started showing signs of aging and was sad about it; she said: “But you’re still pretty
Cherie “.
She shared a special secret with me when she was visiting us in Berwick. She was a teenager and had a teen romance going with a boy named Theo while she was in Berwick. When it was time to go home she had Mom drive us to his house so she could break up with him in person.
Me and Mom and Aunt Joy waited in the car.
She came out and got in the backseat beside me. As we drove away she told me she was interested in a boy in Cameron who played football for the high school. She said she wanted to show me something special he gave to her.
She reached in her purse and pulled out a folded tissue. She unfolded it and inside was a piece of dried skin with dried blood on it. She said this is Tommy Eakin’s skin.
He hurt himself playing football and saved this for me. I think he loves me.

Christi Cheramie

October 19, 2019

Lana was a beautiful person, inside and out. She left us way to soon, heartbreaking.

Bill Cox

October 19, 2019

So sorry to hear of Lana's passing. She was such a friendly,fun person. Always with a smile and something nice to say. Condolences to Tommy and the Eakin family. Rest in peace Lana.

Linda and Russell Corley

October 19, 2019

Prayers for the family. I remember Lana as a sweetheart who had an infectious smile. We will miss her.

Earl Tate

October 18, 2019

My deepest sympathy and prayers for the Dinger Family. They made my mom a part of their family and momma loved Lana and Tommy and the kids. Daphne and Billy always had a special place in her heart. God has a new Angel. May He wrap His loving arms around Lana's family and may the host of Angels welcome Lana to her new home in Heaven.

Norma Jo Pinch

October 18, 2019

Lana was such a beautiful person with the best personality. Just a minute or two with her was sure to have you in the best mood because she had such a great sense of humor. She always had the best out look on each day. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you as I know you are missing her dearly. We have all lost a dear soul. 🙏

Bryan & Ellen Arrant

October 18, 2019

Sooo sorry for your loss. She was such a sweet soul. Praying for your family.

Bertie Pinch

October 18, 2019

What a fun baby sitter! She and Tommy were a hoot. She was such a treasure, sweet, playful and fun. I know you all will miss her terribly. I will be out of town and can't be there but you will all be in my prayers.

Sallie Sanders

October 18, 2019

I’m so very sorry. Lana was a friend since childhood. All who loved her are in my heart and in my prayers.

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Biography

Lana Dinger Eakin, 69, of Grand Lake, passed away on Thursday, October 17, 2019 at her residence.

She was born to her parents, Henry and Joyce Dinger on November 25, 1949 in Morgan City, LA. She enjoyed jewelry making, gardening, spending time with her grandchildren, playing Pokeno with her girlfriends, and singing Karaoke.

She is survived by her husband of 52 years, William "Tommy" Eakin; her mother, Joyce Dinger of Lake Charles; one son, Billy Jay Eakin and wife SarahJane of Carlyss; two daughters, Daphne Marti and husband Brent of Lake Charles, Jillian McBride and husband Jason of Westlake; two brothers, Henry "J-Boy" Dinger, Jr. and wife Sherry of Lake Charles, Eric Dinger and wife Claudette of Grand Lake; along with nine grandchildren, Andrew and Lauren Eakin, Lyndi, Landon, and Lane Marti, Emily, Hannah, Olivia, and Kate Marie McBride.

Lana is preceded in death by father, Henry Joseph Dinger, Sr.

Services will be held at Hixson Funeral Home of Lake Charles on Monday, October 21, 2019 at 2:00pm with Bro. Monty Jones officiating. Visitation will be at Hixson Funeral Home of Lake Charles on Sunday, October 20, 2019 from 4:00pm to 8:00pm. Visitation will resume at the funeral home on Monday, from 11:00am until the time of the service. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Ethel Precht Foundation or the charity of your choice. Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.hixsonfuneralhomes.com.