Katherine “Papa Sue” Oakley

May 23rd, 1949 - Sep 25th, 2020


Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home

Fri, Oct. 2nd, 2020 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.


Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home

Fri, Oct. 2nd, 2020 2:00 p.m.


Herrin City Cemetery

Fri, Oct. 2nd, 2020

Katherine “Papa Sue” Oakley

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.

Survivors include:

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.

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12 Guestbook Messages

  • Guest: Linda Brandon~Walker

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: September 26, 2020

    My heart is so sad to learn of Sue’s passing. We were able to see each other a short while at SIH,and rekindle our friendship from our youth, while we worked there. Always so kind. She was a great employee. Good to everyone. I remember her from our high school days as well. You will be missed. I know you are so happy to be with your sweet son again. You missed him so much. RIP my friend. We will meet again. ❤️🙌🏻🌹

  • Guest: Kathy Schmidt

    From: Gore, Illinois

    Date: September 27, 2020

    I worked with sue at Herrin hospital. She was a wonderful person. I feel so blessed to have known her and worked with her. My heart and prayers go out to her family. I will miss u sue. Rest n peace.

  • Guest: Stacey (eckols) Smith

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: September 27, 2020

    R.I.P Papa Sue… I will always cherish my memories of you..

  • Guest: Judy Wilson

    From: Herrin, Illinois

    Date: September 28, 2020

    Sue was a great person prayers for the family

  • Guest: Clara Orr

    From: Herrin, Illinois

    Date: September 28, 2020

    I worked with PaPa Sue at Herrin Hospital for quite a few years. She worked in Dietary before going to Greeter. She had many friends and will be missed by all.
    It saddens me to hear of her passing. You have your wings PaPa fly high

  • Guest: Annette May’s Branche

    From: West Frankfort, Illinois

    Date: September 30, 2020

    I worked with Sue in the early 70’s at Four Corners in Herrin.She was a sweet lady and hard worker.She loved her boys.Had not seen her since.

  • Guest: Richard d mcclellan

    From: HERRIN, Illinois

    Date: September 30, 2020

    sorry for your loss / RIP in heavenly peace

  • Guest: Tracey Eckols Robinson

    From: Ola, Arkansas

    Date: September 30, 2020

    I am so sorry to hear about Sue. I have wonderful memories of her.

  • Guest: AMY J. JOHNSON

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: September 30, 2020

    So sorry for your loss! Papa Sue was a very kind, dear lady. I will keep your family in my prayers.

  • Guest: Brett Basler

    From: Johnston City, Illinois

    Date: September 30, 2020

    Sending condolences. I always like her. She was always a friendly person to me. Sorry for your loss.

  • Guest: Joanne Clayton

    From: Herrin, Illinois

    Date: October 2, 2020

    Am sorry to hear of Sue’s death just today. She and I became friends when my husband went to Herrin hospital frequent visit for appts & stays for several years prior to his death in 2013. Sue was ALWAYS a humongous help getting him into a wheelchair and on into where he was going. She was kind and always had a pleasant word no matter where I saw her out and about in the local area. She was an all around wonderful person.

  • Guest: Mrs. B

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: October 3, 2020

    You will be missed buddy.