Herrin- Katherine “Papa Sue” Oakley, age 71, of Herrin, passed away on Thursday, September 25, 2020 at Mercy Hospital in St. Louis.
Katherine Sue was born in Herrin on May 23, 1949, the daughter of Ralph Kenneth and Blanche Mary (Brown) Eckols. She had worked as a greeter at Herrin Hospital for many years, but her true calling and greatest accomplishment was being a mom and raising three sons.
Son- Mike and Marilyn Cain of Champaign
Son- Jeff Cain of Herrin
Eight Grandchildren- Austin, Sydney, River, Kyle, Jourdyn, Gabriel, Tyler, and Jade Dawn
Great Grandson- Grayson “Pooker”
Sister- Rosie Eckols of Herrin
Brother- Big Mike Eckols of Herrin
Nephew- Christopher and Emily Eckols
Half Sister- Sandra
Best Friend- Linda Smith of Herrin
Host of many friends
She was preceded in death by her parents, son- Jason Edward Cain, brother- Kenneth Eckols, and two sisters- Linda McGuire and Patricia Ann Eckols.
Funeral services will be held at 2pm on Friday, October 2, 2020 at Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home in Herrin with Rev. Don Colson officiating. Burial will follow at Herrin City Cemetery. A time of visitation will be held from 11am until 2pm on Friday, October 2, 2020 at Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home in Herrin.
For those who prefer, memorial donations may be made to the family.