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Shirley Ann Duke Gain

October 23, 1935July 4, 2020
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Shirley Ann Duke Gain, passed from this life in Lake Charles on July 4, 2020. Her life will be celebrated on Tuesday, July 7, at 10:00 a.m. in a private family service at Hixson Funeral Home in Lake Charles. Burial will follow at Consolata Cemetery.

Shirley was born October 23, 1935, in DeQueen, Arkansas. She moved with her family to Baton Rouge in 1941 and graduated from Istrouma High School in 1953. She met her husband, Walter, when he was on a weekend pass from the Chennault Air Force Base with a Duke family friend. They married on June 19, 1953. In January, 1955, they moved to Denver, Colorado, Walter’s home town. The Gains transferred to Lake Charles, Louisiana, in 1967. She had made a very successful transition to her Denver home and really missed her friends and the mountains, but she quickly made a new home in Lake Charles.

Shirley was a loving daughter, wife, mother, and grandmother, devoted to her family. Friends and family will miss her warm and inviting “trademark” smile. She was a Christian who loved her church fellowships at Riverside Baptist Church in Denver and Trinity and Sale Street Baptist Churches in Lake Charles, participating as a Sunday School leader and teacher, a chaperone for mission trips and youth camps, a host for youth fellowships, and a part of the music ministry. She loved Bible study and was active in Bible Study Fellowship International since its beginning in Lake Charles.

Shirley loved the arts; she attended many concerts and enjoyed Broadway as well as many theater seasons at the Lutcher. She was extremely creative—always making things. Among the hobbies she loved were gardening, sewing, crocheting, painting, ceramics, china-painting, and various other crafts. In addition, she loved to sing, especially hymns. In her last few years, she sang with the Verandah Entertainers. She grew up singing in her church with her brother; often her family, neighbors, and friends would hear her singing her favorite hymns, including “In the Garden,” “On Calvary,” “Whispering Hope,” “How Great Thou Art,” “Church in the Wildwood,” and “I Know Whom I Am Believed.” Shirley was also a sports fan; she had season tickets for the McNeese Cowboy football games for three decades and loved to watch pro football and baseball, too.

Most of all, she was a “pro” at being a mom to four daughters. She was very supportive of all her daughters’ activities. She was always a room mother and a Girl Scout leader. In fact, when she found out that Lake Charles had no Girl Scout troops, she helped organize some and taught the girls outdoor camping and cooking skills. She helped with many school activities, including the Gatorettes, Barbe cheerleaders, Barbe Bluebelles, and the Barbe chorus. She knew how to support and assist without “hovering.” She attended nearly every performance, game, concert, speech, pep rally, and parent meeting. She sewed for her four “girls,” making uniforms, homecoming suits, prom gowns, costumes, and even their hand-beaded wedding dresses. She began working on her college degree when her oldest daughters were in college in 1975, and she graduated with her youngest daughter ten years later. Of course, she had to take a few semesters away from her studies for graduations, wedding preparations, and the births of her grandchildren. She earned a B.A. from McNeese State University in 1985 and taught at various high schools in Lake Charles for many years.

Those surviving to cherish her memory are her four daughters: Margaret Gain Goode and husband Mark of Lake Charles; Patricia Gain Chester and husband Stan of Benton, Arkansas; Janet Gain Daigle and husband Francis of Sulphur; and Phyllis Gain Derise and husband Mark of Lake Charles. She was “Grandma Gain” to her seven grandchildren Tricia Lundy Barrow; Brandi Goode Ganser; Kevin Goode; Elliott Chester; Amy Daigle Nicholson; Kelly Daigle Pandosh, and Morgan Daigle Spaulding; and she was Great Grandma to their eleven children. She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Walter J. Gain; parents, Mamie (Grant) and John Porter Duke; brothers, John Porter Duke, Jr., and Wayne Duke. Shirley also leaves behind dear friends who may be comforted by their fond memories of her. The family is also grateful for Dr. Ron Lewis, Jr., St. Joseph Hospice, and the staff at the Verandah who cared for her in her last days.

Reverend Mel Yorks will lead the service. Pallbearers include Mark Goode, Stan Chester, Francis Daigle, Mark Derise, Elliott Chester, and Kevin Goode. In lieu of flowers, family would appreciate donations made to the building fund at Sale Street Baptist Church where the Gains fellowshipped for three decades.

For the safety of Mrs. Gain's family and friends during this current pandemic, the services will be closed to the public. We invite you to sign her digital register book and leave a fond memory or sentiment of condolences on our website www.hixsonfuneralhomes.com.

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  • Those surviving to cherish her memory are her four daughters: Margaret Gain Goode and husband Mark of Lake Charles; Patricia Gain Chester and husband Stan of Benton, Arkansas; Janet Gain Daigle and husband Francis of Sulphur; and Phyllis Gain Derise and husband Mark of Lake Charles. She was “Grandma Gain” to her seven grandchildren Tricia Lundy Barrow; Brandi Goode Ganser; Kevin Goode; Elliott Chester; Amy Daigle Nicholson; Kelly Daigle Pandosh, and Morgan Daigle Spaulding; and she was Great Grandma to their eleven children. She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Walter J. Gain; parents, Mamie (Grant) and John Porter Duke; brothers, John Porter Duke, Jr., and Wayne Duke. Shirley also leaves behind dear friends who may be comforted by their fond memories of her. The family is also grateful for Dr. Ron Lewis, Jr., St. Joseph Hospice, and the staff at the Verandah who cared for her in her last days.

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LaNell McKiever

July 10, 2020

"Just think of stepping on shore and finding it heaven.

Of touching a hand and finding it GOD"S

Of breathing new air and finding it Celestial.

And waking up in Glory and finding it HOME"

The McKiever Household in Monticello, your family.

Dorothy Alleman Sanders

July 10, 2020

Shirley had an interesting life. As a classmate of Istrouma High 1953, .wonderful memories of Shirley. At my age, too many to list here. She surely is with her LORD. I hope to visit with her someday.

Jeanice Biondini

July 9, 2020

So sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.

Louise Walsh

July 7, 2020

I remember meeting Mrs. Gain when we moved to Lake Charles in 1969. She was the Young Women’s Auxiliary leader at Trinity Baptist Church. She was a very caring person who always showed the love of Christ. In recent years I reconnected through Bible Study Fellowship.
I send prayers and love to all of the family. She will be missed.

Brian & Gay Aday

July 7, 2020

Just wanted all of you to know that we are sending loving thoughts and prayers to each of you. May you find God's peace surrounding you and comfort in the wonderful memories you all share.

Karen Katchur

July 7, 2020

You have been blessed with a wonderful mom and fortunate to have had for so long. Praying for all and knowing you find comfort in your many memories and time together. God blessings to all of you.

Jim & Vicki Crawford

July 7, 2020

So sorry for your loss. We will be keeping your mother and all of you in our prayers.

Helen Curol

July 6, 2020

Sad to read of Shirley's passing to her eternal home today. I first met her in Beta Sigma Phi where we were "sisters" as well as friends. She always impressed me as a very intellectual lady who was also a realist as well as a great hostess. Never a dull moment when she was around. I know that she was very proud of her four daughters and their success. She & Walter were great role models for all of us. Keeping her family in my prayers during this time of loss. I always respected her faith and know that she is rejoicing in her forever home now.

Rick&Cathy Humphrey

July 6, 2020

Ms. Shirley & Walt were very special to the Humphrey family and also to Sale Street Babtist Church. We will always remember the jokes and smiles the two of them gave us. What a grand couple! They will be missed by all who had the privilege to know them. Our most sincere condolences to all of the family. Our prayers are with you. May our Loving God bless you with grace and mercy. God Is Good All the Time- Even in the Valleys, God Is Good.

Louise DeLuca

July 6, 2020

I met Shirley at BSF where she made each person she encountered feel she was delighted to see them. Her smile could light up a huge room. I was fortunate enough to be with Shirley and Janet in the last class Shirley was able to attend. She always contributed so much to the study, even when she could say little, her little was much. Shirley is now home with her Lord Jesus, and while this is a difficult time for her family, they have the sure hope they will see her again. The rest of us, who also love her, look forward to seeing her and her beautiful smile again. With sympathy at this time of separation, Louise

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Shirley and her brothers, JP and Wayne

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Graduation Day
Shirley and Mary Ann Guffey

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It's a Date!!!!
Walt, Shirley, Mary Ann, Wayne

Biography

Shirley Ann Duke Gain, passed from this life in Lake Charles on July 4, 2020. Her life will be celebrated on Tuesday, July 7, at 10:00 a.m. in a private family service at Hixson Funeral Home in Lake Charles. Burial will follow at Consolata Cemetery.

Shirley was born October 23, 1935, in DeQueen, Arkansas. She moved with her family to Baton Rouge in 1941 and graduated from Istrouma High School in 1953. She met her husband, Walter, when he was on a weekend pass from the Chennault Air Force Base with a Duke family friend. They married on June 19, 1953. In January, 1955, they moved to Denver, Colorado, Walter’s home town. The Gains transferred to Lake Charles, Louisiana, in 1967. She had made a very successful transition to her Denver home and really missed her friends and the mountains, but she quickly made a new home in Lake Charles.

Shirley was a loving daughter, wife, mother, and grandmother, devoted to her family. Friends and family will miss her warm and inviting “trademark” smile. She was a Christian who loved her church fellowships at Riverside Baptist Church in Denver and Trinity and Sale Street Baptist Churches in Lake Charles, participating as a Sunday School leader and teacher, a chaperone for mission trips and youth camps, a host for youth fellowships, and a part of the music ministry. She loved Bible study and was active in Bible Study Fellowship International since its beginning in Lake Charles.

Shirley loved the arts; she attended many concerts and enjoyed Broadway as well as many theater seasons at the Lutcher. She was extremely creative—always making things. Among the hobbies she loved were gardening, sewing, crocheting, painting, ceramics, china-painting, and various other crafts. In addition, she loved to sing, especially hymns. In her last few years, she sang with the Verandah Entertainers. She grew up singing in her church with her brother; often her family, neighbors, and friends would hear her singing her favorite hymns, including “In the Garden,” “On Calvary,” “Whispering Hope,” “How Great Thou Art,” “Church in the Wildwood,” and “I Know Whom I Am Believed.” Shirley was also a sports fan; she had season tickets for the McNeese Cowboy football games for three decades and loved to watch pro football and baseball, too.

Most of all, she was a “pro” at being a mom to four daughters. She was very supportive of all her daughters’ activities. She was always a room mother and a Girl Scout leader. In fact, when she found out that Lake Charles had no Girl Scout troops, she helped organize some and taught the girls outdoor camping and cooking skills. She helped with many school activities, including the Gatorettes, Barbe cheerleaders, Barbe Bluebelles, and the Barbe chorus. She knew how to support and assist without “hovering.” She attended nearly every performance, game, concert, speech, pep rally, and parent meeting. She sewed for her four “girls,” making uniforms, homecoming suits, prom gowns, costumes, and even their hand-beaded wedding dresses. She began working on her college degree when her oldest daughters were in college in 1975, and she graduated with her youngest daughter ten years later. Of course, she had to take a few semesters away from her studies for graduations, wedding preparations, and the births of her grandchildren. She earned a B.A. from McNeese State University in 1985 and taught at various high schools in Lake Charles for many years.

Those surviving to cherish her memory are her four daughters: Margaret Gain Goode and husband Mark of Lake Charles; Patricia Gain Chester and husband Stan of Benton, Arkansas; Janet Gain Daigle and husband Francis of Sulphur; and Phyllis Gain Derise and husband Mark of Lake Charles. She was “Grandma Gain” to her seven grandchildren Tricia Lundy Barrow; Brandi Goode Ganser; Kevin Goode; Elliott Chester; Amy Daigle Nicholson; Kelly Daigle Pandosh, and Morgan Daigle Spaulding; and she was Great Grandma to their eleven children. She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Walter J. Gain; parents, Mamie (Grant) and John Porter Duke; brothers, John Porter Duke, Jr., and Wayne Duke. Shirley also leaves behind dear friends who may be comforted by their fond memories of her. The family is also grateful for Dr. Ron Lewis, Jr., St. Joseph Hospice, and the staff at the Verandah who cared for her in her last days.

Reverend Mel Yorks will lead the service. Pallbearers include Mark Goode, Stan Chester, Francis Daigle, Mark Derise, Elliott Chester, and Kevin Goode. In lieu of flowers, family would appreciate donations made to the building fund at Sale Street Baptist Church where the Gains fellowshipped for three decades.

For the safety of Mrs. Gain's family and friends during this current pandemic, the services will be closed to the public. We invite you to sign her digital register book and leave a fond memory or sentiment of condolences on our website www.hixsonfuneralhomes.com.

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