Opelousas - Funeral Services will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 17, 2018 for Debra K. Basile in the Skip Montet Chapel at Lafond-Ardoin Funeral Home in Opelousas. Deacon Ulysse Joubert will officiate the services. Rite of Committal will follow at Bellevue Memorial Park.
Visitation will be held on Saturday, November 17, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service at Lafond-Ardoin Funeral Home in Opelousas. A Rosary will be prayed at 12:00 p.m. in the funeral home.
Debra K. Basile, age 62 and a native of Opelousas, passed away on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at Pelican Pointe Nursing Home.
Debra graduated from Opelousas Senior High School in 1974. She then attended USL in 1978 and earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. She taught many years in the St. Landry Parish School System. Debra returned to school to earn her Juris Doctorate from LSU in 1990. She was a practicing attorney for over 25 years and also served as an administrative law judge in Baton Rouge. Debra was a huge advocate for battered women and under privileged children. She took great pride in the help she provided for these women and children in need of care.
Debra will be remembered for her infectious laugh, sharp wit and for the love she showed to everyone around her. She will be greatly missed by all of her family and friends, as well as, her furry companions.
She is survived by her beloved mother, Helen Louise LeBlanc Basile; brothers, Timothy Basile and Michael Basile, MD; nieces and nephews, Mandie (Joby), Michael, Natalie (Stuart) and Emily; great-nieces, Morgan, Madyson and Sara; and great-nephew, Cort.
She was preceded in death by her father, Anthony Joseph Basile, Jr.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Debra's name to your local animal shelter.
Family and friends are invited to sign and view the online guestbook at www.lafondardoin.com.
LaFond-Ardoin Funeral Home of Opelousas, 2845 South Union Street, Opelousas, LA 70570 (337-942-2638) has been entrusted with the funeral arrangements.
To Debbie's family: I just read about Debbie's passing. I had not seen her in many, many years. Just a few months ago, I tried to reconnect with Debbie, but learned that I was too late. In the early 1970's, we were cheerleaders together at Opelousas High School. Debbie was a fun and spirited girl, and we had some great times that I have cherished through the years. My deepest condolences to all of you. Debbie is gone way too young.
Elizabeth "Liz" VentreBaton Rouge, LA
May peace and comfort be with you and your family at this difficult time.
Sheriff Bobby J. GuidrozOpelousas, LA
I was so saddened to hear of Debbie’s passing. RIP dear friend!
Lauren DeJean MouretOpelousas, LA
Debbie was always a "shining star" & now her glow will be seen for all to enjoy!!! My deepest condolences to all of her loving family, especially you, Mrs. Basile. I remember many "fun night" sleepovers at your home ....thanks for giving us those sweet memories shared with Debbie. XOX
Mitzi Richard MooreLighthouse Point, FL
Sorry to read this. I went to high school with Debbie. We were in the same homeroom. Debbie always had time to chat with me about the year book. Keeping her & family in my prayers.
Cheryl A BobergEunice, LA
When we first moved to Opelousas in 1982, Debbie lived in the same small apt. complex where we moved to...we had the pleasure and honor of getting to know her and her family...great memories of visiting with her, Tim, Mr. A.J. @ "A.J.'s" every weekend...a beautiful person, inside and out...prayers for your family at the loss of this angel...
Tina and Chuck SaichukOpelousas, LA
I worked with Debra at Washington High School in Washington, Louisiana during the 1981-1982 school year. She was a special person. I was sorry to learn of her passing.
Patrick SavantShakopee, MN
I wish to extend my deepest sympathies on your loss of Debra. I worked with her at DAL and she was a lovely, vibrant and kind person. She spoke of her close knit family often. So very sorry for your loss.
Vivian GuilloryBaton Rouge, LA
TO THE BASILE FAMILY WE EXTEND OUR DEEPEST SYMPATHY. WE WILL KEEP ALL IN OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS...MAY SHE REST IN PEACE...DOLLY AND MIKE MOREAU
DOLLY MOREAUPORT BARRE, LA
Debbie was one of the most wonderful people I've ever met and though we were separated by work and family obligations she remains one of the best friends I've ever had. She loved her human and animal family more than anything in the world and the world is diminished by her passing.
Vicky MurryAlexandria, LA
My heart breaks for the family. May God help you through your time of sorrow. Psalm 145: 18,19
Beatrice WhiteBaker, LA
My prayers for the family: Debbie was a sweetheart, an absolute love. We had the best of times in our youth and she will be missed...
Gregg MartinezOpelousas, LA
Oh Debbie! We had some great times at OHS & through the years when I came home to Opelousas. I know you are looking down on us from Heaven and smiling as you always did anytime you were in my & everyone's presence! God Bless You & my prayers for your mom & brothers and family. Steve
Stephen TerracinaBelleview, FL
I am deeply saddened by debbie's passing. We worked together at the st. Landry Pariish welfare office and I remember her laugh and her bright smile.
stella lavalleylafayette, LA
I am very sorry to hear about the loss of Debra.
I had not seen her since the bar.
Margaret MarksWoonsocket, RI
So sorry for your loss. Has same smile she had in school.
Avis (Babineaux) StakesMarshall, TX
So sorry to hear this about my Cousin,sending prayers to you all !😔
Charles BasileSpringfield, MO
I’m going to miss that laugh. Praying for you.
Susan SibilleGrand Coteau, LA
I’m so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with Debra and her family
Liz TaylorOpelousas, LA
I am so sorry to learn of Deb’s passing. She was such a light in this world. I have so many special memories from spending time with her. I will never forget how infectIous her laugh and smile were! I know she will be greatly missed by her family. She loved all of them so much.
Natalee Antoon ForetWarren, TX
Basile Family - I was very sadden to read about Debra. What a wonderful person she was to work with. Keeping your family in my prayers.
Wanda M GuilloryDuson, LA
My sincere condolences to the family; I worked with Debbie many years ago at OFS. Haven’t seen her in years but always thought a lot of her. May she Rest In Peace And please know that my prayers are with all of you.
Sandra J LandryOpelousas, LA
May she rest in peace and the perpetual light shine upon her! I had the pleasure of working with her at ST Landry OFS. She was a beautiful and kind person and always fun to be around! My condolences to her family and friends.
Debbie Dejean-RiopelSt Albert,
Debbie fly high my friend! We will miss you ❤️ Praying for your family!
Sharon and Lenny DeVillierOpelousas, LA
To the surviving family members of my long time friend, Debbie Basile, my deepest condolences. I am so very sad today. I met Debbie in Ms Little’s First Grade class. I was so in awe of her. She was so very nice to me and always laughed at my jokes. We remained friends all the way to today.
Barbara Deville MoncriefLafayette, LA
So sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with all of you. God Bless you all.
Janice stelly.Opelousas, LA