In Loving Memory

Barbara Dee Deville

February 6, 1936 - September 3, 2020

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Barbara Dee Deshotels Lane Deville passed away peacefully in her sleep at home in Daphne, Alabama, on Thursday, September 3, 2020. She was 84.

Barbara Dee was born in Kaplan, Louisiana, to Francis Leo and Marguerite Lina Deshotels, on February 6, 1936. Along with her older brother, Ronald, she grew up surrounded by uncles, aunts and cousins right next door and in several neighboring towns across Southwest Louisiana. Her love of family, her zest for living and her contagious laugh would become defining characteristics of her life.

She attended and studied home economics at the University of Houston, where she met and married Thomas Bradfield Lane, with whom she had two children, Melissa Dee and Mark Bradfield. In addition to raising her children, caring for her widowed mother, cooking delicious Cajun meals and growing beautiful flower gardens while in Houston, Barbara Dee was an executive administrative assistant and a real estate agent. She later became co-owner of A & B Deville supply company in Watson, Louisiana, with her husband Alton Deville, whom she married in 1984.

Upon retirement in 1997, Barbara Dee and Alton moved to Hot Springs Village, Arkansas, where she became involved in numerous civic and church organizations, including the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Lioness and Lions Clubs, Garvan Woodland Gardens, and several outreach ministries at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church. She also was an avid card player, participating with her many friends in a wide variety of games per week, except for bridge, which she steadfastly avoided. “It’s not fun playing cards if you can’t talk whenever you want.”

Barbara Dee was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2013, and in 2017, she and Alton moved next door to her daughter and son-in-law in Daphne. She is survived by Alton, her husband; Melissa, her daughter; JR, her son-in-law; and Mark, her son; as well as by her grandson, Lance and Michelle, his spouse; her grandson, John; her granddaughter, Kathryn; her great grandchild, Kai; her brother, Ronald; her nephew, Ronnie, her niece Anne, their spouses and children; and numerous cousins. She also is survived by her stepchildren, Darren, Kevin and Janine.

Memorial services will be announced at dates to be determined.  Expressions of condolence may be offered at www.hughesfh.com.  Arrangements are by Hughes Funeral Home & Crematory, 26209 Pollard Rd., Daphne, AL, 36526.

8 Comments

  1. CARMEN B GUILBEAUX

    The world is a sadder place without Barbara to enlighten those of us left behind. Her love of life and enjoyment of others around her will be missed. Her smiles and love of laughter will be sorely missed. Her generosity and acceptance of all around her was a daily part of her life. Rest in peace Barbara and
    know that those of us left behind have lost smiles, hugs and laughter without your presence. Prayers for your family’s loss. Love Carmen
    CLASS OF KAPLAN HIGH OF 1954

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  2. Alice Hebert Rigsby

    I was close buddies with Barbara Dee in high school and spent many nights at her home north of Kaplan. I was a classmate of her brother, Ronald(Dizzy).
    Barbara Dee was such a fun person and, yes, she loved to talk. She was such a joy and am sorry I didn’t keep up with her. I saw her obituary in The Advocate of Baton Rouge, LA.
    Please accept my condolences.

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  3. Helen Trahan Aaron

    I’m a very long ago friend of Barbara Dee’s — back when she boarded at St. Michael’s School in Crowley, where I grew up. She WAS fun loving and happy as a teenager and it’s not surprising that she remained so. We didn’t keep up with one another over the years; however, she has always remained in my heart and now she will be in my prayers. I hope that life gave her many rewards —certainly her family must have and I’ll bet she was a fantastic real estate agent. May each of you who loved her hug to yourselves the lessons you learned from your mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, spouse and friend.

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  4. Lorraine M Berry

    Barbara Dee and I became friends while she lived in Hot Springs Village. She was easy to get to know and I enjoyed being with her as she was always cheerful, happy and shared her laughter easily. She also shared with others her abundance, whether it be figs from her trees, extra food, hugs, etc. After she and Alton moved from Hot Springs Village to Daphne, AL we missed her and Alton so very much. I will never forget her and her joy of life. Our condolences to Alton and her family.

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  5. David DeGraff

    Dear Alton and Family,

    Sorry to just learn of Barbara’s passing. We always enjoyed your friendship in the Lions Club.

    God bless and take care.

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  6. Judy and Bob Corwin

    If you were lucky enough to know Barbara, you knew “life”! She was funny and loved her life when she lived on the lake in Hot Springs Village. The total perfect hostess and Bob and I will remember many a great get-together in their home — especially one Halloween, when we came fully dressed in our costumes, only to learn it was the wrong night!!! Holidays meant that house was decorated inside and out. You share the road with strangers, but you say “goodbye” to them as friends.
    We send our deepest condolences to Alton and family. Wonder what she is cooking up in heaven right now?

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  7. Debbie Buckingham

    I met Barbara Dee when I moved to Hot Springs Village working on the Louisiana picnic. She was a joy to be around.

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  8. Judy and Bob Corwin

    Barbara knew how to live life. And she enjoyed it to the fullest. To see her decorations around their house on the lake in Hot Springs Village was a joy to the eyes. Eggs at Easter. Decorations at Christmas and even Halloween, when we arrived in full costume, only to find out we were
    there the wrong day!! Fun to know and another reason to thank God for all the friends you
    make along life’s journey. Bob and I send our prayers to Alton and family.

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