Paula Howard Fruge

July 4, 1960 ~ July 4, 2023

Paula Howard Fruge, 63, of Sulphur, passed away Tuesday, July 4, 2023, in her home surrounded by her family. Paula was a life-long Sulphur resident and a 1978 Sulphur High School graduate. She retired from the Calcasieu Parish School Board where she was a clerk in the Calcasieu Resource Center for many years. Paula was a gifted artist and loved exploring nature as inspiration for painting projects. She loved fishing trips with her husband; on many trips while he was fishing, she would lay down her fishing rod and grab her pen and paper to sketch out her next project. Paula loved spending time with her husband and their dogs. She looked forward to time spent with their families. Paula enjoyed music and never missed a chance to listen to jam sessions played by her husband, father-in-law and brothers-in-law. 

Left to cherish her memory are her husband of 41 years, Lonnie David Fruge; three siblings, Mark Howard (Leesa) of Lake Charles, Scott Howard (Kelly) of Moss Bluff, and Patricia Varela (Raul) of Dallas, TX; stepmother, Delores Howard; stepfather, Eugene Hanchey; brother-in-law, Jerry Fruge; sisters-in-law, LaDonna Fruge Shifflett and Evelyn Fruge Pagan; and numerous nieces and nephews. 

Paula was preceded in death by her mother, Betty Hanchey; father, Cleve Howard; her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Houston Fruge, Sr. and Verna Mae Fruge; sister-in-law, Linda Fruge Milton; and brother-in-law, Jim Fruge. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11AM, Saturday, July 8, 2023, at Our Lady of LaSalette Catholic Church in Sulphur. Father John Welch will officiate. Inurnment will follow at Big Woods Cemetery. There will be a gathering of friends and family from 8AM to 10:45AM Saturday, July 8, 2023, at Johnson & Robison Funeral Home. 

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  1. My dear sweet cousin, my first friend.
    My kind partner, my forever friend.
    Together we played, danced, learned. We explored life. 
    You a princess and I a tomboy. But we loved every minute together!
    Our Father’s true love we share(d) dear Paula 💕

  2. Rest in peace Paula, you will be deeply missed. I'm so glad to have been a part of the family. You were a very sweet person and a wonderful artist. ❤️. I love you!

  3. For all the years I've known you you have always been the same caring, sharing & loving of whoever's life you touched.

  4. You were so very loved by so many and will leave a void in our hearts. A wonderful sister in law and friend. Lonnie loves you so and we all see why.  Rest in peace. We’ll all rejoice in heaven with you one day. Love ❤️ Dodie 

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