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Obituaries: February 7, 2019

Obituaries from the February 7 paper.

Karen Nichols

Karen Watts Nichols, 64, of Lake Charles, died Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, at her residence.

She was born in Lake Charles, where she was a graduate of Lake Charles High School and resided in the Sulphur/Lake Charles area all of her life. She managed numerous local convenient stores and was shift manager for all three local casinos, currently employed at the Golden Nugget.

Survivors include her son, Brandon Watts of DeQuincy; sister, Lesley Impastato of Moss Bluff; the father of her son, Randy Wright of Hackberry.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Fred Watts and Mary Chambers, and twin sister, Kim Bryant.

A gathering of family and friends was held on Sunday, Feb. 3, at Johnson Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, the family wishes that you donate to the account of her son, Brandon Watts, c/o The Care Center of DeQuincy, 602 N. Division St., DeQuincy LA 70633, to assist in his care.

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Ruth Niles

Ruth Ingeborg May Niles, 86, of Eunice died Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019, in a Eunice healthcare facility.

She was born in Nurnberg, Germany, where she was raised, educated and met and married her husband and love of her life, an American soldier, Josh Lee Niles. On their first date, Josh Lee rode a Harley Davidson motorcycle. Following the date, he asked if he could see her again and she responded, “not on a motorcycle.” Josh challenged her statement and said that “he would not give up his Harley for anyone.”

The next night he drove up in a ’57 Chevy Bel Air, having traded his bike to a friend. They later married and started a family in Germany where she had her first-born son. She was a survivor of life following the devastation of World War II. Mrs. Niles was proud of her heritage.

She moved to the states in 1958, living most of her life in Big Lake. She then began working at Sears in the shipping warehouse where she retired with 30 years of service. She then began her career with the state government where she worked in child support enforcement.

Upon her retirement with the state, her co-workers held a party in her honor at Pat’s of Henderson where they “packed the house” not only from this area, but statewide, giving her gifts that loaded three trucks. Undoubtedly, Mrs. Niles was very well respected, made a lasting impression and friendships.

In her downtime she enjoyed advanced level crossword puzzles, needlepoint, knitting, crocheting and was a talented seamstress. She was also exceptional in the kitchen.

She was famous for her German pastries of which she generously shared with the Cameron Parish Sherriff ’s Office, Fire Department, EMTs and her friends at Lake Charles Toyota.

Mrs. Niles will be most remembered as a “workaholic” always busy, always productive. She will also be remembered of a lady of grace and respect of all others.

She leaves to cherish her memory, two sons, John Henry Niles and wife Jo Ann of Lake Charles, and Bruce Clayton Niles and wife Tabitha of Eunice; one daughter, Claudia Ree Gatlin and husband Bill of Darrow; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Vietnam Veteran, Josh Lee Niles.

In respect of Mrs. Niles wishes, her services will be a private gathering of family.

(Paid Memorial)

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Gretchen Raimer

Gretchen Yvette Freeman Raimer, 39, of Iowa died Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019 at her residence.

She was born in York County, S.C., where she lived most of her life until moving to the Lake Charles/Iowa area in 2003. She worked for 10 years as a bail bondsman and worked in the portrait studio for J. C. Penney in Pineville, N.C. She most recently worked for the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office as Felony Secretary for five years.

She is survived by her husband, Kenny Raimer of Iowa; children, Brittany Raimer Cain and husband Nick, K. J. Raimer and fiancée Baylee Wilson, Adrienne Sturgeon and husband Ben, and Makailah Raimer; parents, Randy and Yvette Freeman; brothers, Steven Freeman and Dewayne Freeman.

She was preceded in death by two sisters.

Her funeral service was held Wednesday, Feb. 6, at the Johnson Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Dr. Bart Leger officiated. Burial followed in Consolata Cemetery.

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