Kaye Miller

Nov 3rd, 1951 - May 12th, 2021
Kaye Miller

Herrin- Kaye Miller, age 69, of Herrin, passed away at 2:47pm on Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at St. Louis University Hospital.

Eula Kaye was born on November 3, 1951, the daughter of Shirley Mae (Boyt-Pike) and William Robert “Bob” Winkler. She married her best friend, William “Bill” Miller at the Herrin First Baptist Church on March 21, 1970. He preceded her in death on July 10, 2003.  Kaye and her husband, Bill, had both graduated in the class of 1969. She always talked fondly about how amazing her classmates were. She life was filled with many cherished memories.

Kay had worked in the gift department at Crack Barrel. She loved her coworkers and all of her special customers.

She leaves behind a family that will miss her dearly-

Daughter-Tracy Lynn Miller of Herrin and her children Alex Crutcher and Christian Brandon and his girlfriend Bailey Bullock

She also leaves behind three great grandchildren- Westley, Logan, and Dom

Daughter- Nikki & Michael Rishel of DeSoto and their children Brandon Rishel and his girlfriend Mati Harsy and Hunter and Erin Rishel

Sister- Tammie Winkler of Herrin and her two children Lauren Kae Ramsey and Clayton Lacey
Many special nieces, nephews, and cousins including Brad Donahue and his family

Her very special friend- Vicki and many close friends, too numerous to mention

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and two brothers- Robert and Michael Winkler.

As per her wishes, Kay will be cremated. The family will hold private memorial services at a later date. Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home in Herrin is assisting the family with final arrangements.

As a charity that was near and dear to her heart, memorial donations are suggested to St. Jude’s Children’s Research and will be accepted at Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home; 201 S. 13th Street; Herrin, IL 62948.

For more information or to sign the memorial guest register, please visit www.hughesfuneralhomes.com.

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27 Guestbook Messages

  • Guest: Linda Brandon~Walker

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: May 15, 2021

    How hard it is to say goodbye to you Kaye. Your heart was so kind, your smile so contagious. Your love for all of us so real. My deepest sympathy to your precious family and all of those who cherished you. Rest in Heavenly peace. You will never be forgotten by me. A friend so dear and true.

  • Guest: Sandy Bechtel

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: May 15, 2021

    Growing up with Kaye, I will cherish the many fond memories we shared. I will keep the family in my prayers during this difficult time. God Bless

  • Guest: Rocco Varacalli

    From: Herrin, Illinois

    Date: May 15, 2021

    You will be truly missed by all that knew you. You were a very special person. The world will be a lonelier place without your smile & bubbly personality. I will miss you!

  • Guest: Lisa Lyell

    From: Goreville, Illinois

    Date: May 15, 2021

    So sad to learn this. I got to know Kaye through our friend Judy May. I always loved seeing her; she always had a hug for me at Cracker Barrel. I’m so sorry for your loss.

  • Guest: Derek Woodis

    From: Allentown, Pennsylvania

    Date: May 15, 2021

    My thoughts are with the family at this time. I loved Kaye, she was one of a kind. Just the thought of her makes me laugh.

    Much love to Nikki and the entire family.

  • Guest: Michael D Smith

    From: Energy, Illinois

    Date: May 15, 2021

    Kaye was a great person and dear friend… She always had a smile on her face… God bless her and family…🙏🏻

  • Guest: Mike Smith

    From: Energy , Illinois

    Date: May 15, 2021

    Kaye Miller was a special kind person, always smiling and never met a stranger.. She will be dearly missed… Prayers for her family..🙏🏻

  • Guest: Paula

    From: Venice, Florida

    Date: May 15, 2021

    Rest in peace, Kay, and we will meet up again one day. Tell Robbie hi for me too.

  • Guest: Rick Lynn

    From: Herrin, Illinois

    Date: May 15, 2021

    As one of the Heights kids and southside boys Kaye was a lifelong friend. To say she was a live wire would be an understatement. You see Kaye did not come with a filter yet that was a blessing. Spider your time of peace and quiet has come to an end as you welcome Kaye with open arms. We lost one of a kind. Class of 69. Rick Lynn.

  • Guest: Patricia (Boone) Tessone

    From: freeman spur , Illinois

    Date: May 15, 2021

    Will miss you sorry to your family who you always talked about with love Classmate of 1969

  • Guest: Vickie Boyt Blandford

    From: Marion IL, Illinois

    Date: May 15, 2021

    I will miss her dearly.

  • Guest: Tina Cornelius Biggs

    From: Bloomington , Illinois

    Date: May 16, 2021

    There are far too many special memories to share in this small block of space. Suffice it to say…I will cherish them all the rest of my life! I will remember them all with a smile…and at times a laugh.

    My prayers for all of her family. Thank you for sharing her with the rest of us.

  • Guest: Sue Cravens

    From: Herrin, Illinois

    Date: May 16, 2021

    I have so many wonderful, fun, joyful memories of your mom. We had some great times together. She will be missed. Hugs to you and your family.

  • Guest: Linda Priddy

    From: Herrin, Illinois

    Date: May 16, 2021

    Kaye’s spirit was irrepressible and she will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. She was truly one of a kind. Godspeed, my friend, and prayers for those she left behind.

  • Guest: Deb Payne

    From: Nashville, Tennessee

    Date: May 16, 2021

    Kaye had a bubbly personality and gift of gab that endeared her to all of us. My deepest sympathy to her beautiful daughters, their families and her legions of friends.

  • Guest: William Hays

    From: Herrin, Illinois

    Date: May 16, 2021

    So very sorry for your loss and prayers for your family and she will be missed.

  • Guest: Rhea Camarato Hasemeyer

    From: Fort Myers, Florida

    Date: May 17, 2021

    So sorry to hear this. Kaye was the sweetest most bubbly person I have known.

  • Guest: Lois Jacobs

    From: Herrin, Illinois

    Date: May 17, 2021

    So many wonderful memories shared with such an amazing woman. She loved her husband Bill and family with zeal. Her devotion to Bill during his long illness was inspiring to watch as we shared the illness of our husbands at the same time.
    I will always remember Kaye for the joy and laughter she created by just be KAYE.
    I can just hear Bill saying “Oh boy, her she comes!”

  • Guest: Cary and Christine McVey

    From: Carbondale , Illinois

    Date: May 17, 2021

    Our condolences go out to her loved ones. She was special to many people, especially the class of 69. She will always be remembered with a smile on her face.. RIP along side your beloved Bill. ❤️💔

  • Guest: Garsha Woolsey

    From: Meas, Arizona

    Date: May 17, 2021

    My heart is in pain at the loss of Kaye, we went o school from kindergarten to graduation. I remember walking by and getting her for school. We used to take Mike places with us, she loved him so much. Kaye will be sorely missed

  • Guest: Eva Benns

    From: Herrin, Illinois

    Date: May 17, 2021

    Our prayers go out to Kaye’s Family and Friends. Kaye will be Dearly Missed. She always had a smile and a hug to share along with a kind word when she saw you. Paul and I were BLESSED to have known Kaye.

  • Guest: Greg Cornell

    From: Herrin, Illinois

    Date: May 17, 2021

    So sorry for your loss. Kaye will be missed. She was an asset to Herrin.

  • Guest: Rima English

    From: Herrin , Illinois

    Date: May 18, 2021

    My heartfelt condolences to Nikki and family. There is no way to think of Kaye without seeing that beautiful smile she had! What a great gal she was, she will be greatly missed! ❤️

  • Guest: Julie Blankenship

    From: Herrin , Illinois

    Date: May 19, 2021

    Tracy & Nikki and her beloved family,

    I was blessed to grow up in the Miller home. So many memories it would take all day. Kaye was one of a kind. She could and will always make me laugh when thinking of her.
    I love you, Kaye! Thank you for being such a great part of my childhood and life.

    My love and prayers for strength to my friend Tracy, Nikki, Mike, Tammie, Alex, Christian, Brandon and Hunter as well as to all of Kaye’s friends.

    Love and prayers,
    Kevin, Julie, Madisyn and Meghyn Blankenship.

  • Guest: Sherry Russell

    From: Scottsdale , Arizona

    Date: May 19, 2021

    Thoughts and prayers to Kaye’s family and all those that loved her. Our sincerest condolences to the family. Sending much love.
    Ed & Sherry Russell

  • Guest: Marla Kehrer

    From: Marion , Illinois

    Date: May 19, 2021

    Kaye, I was blessed to have become your friend! You always had a smile with a very kind and heartfelt laugh!!! I miss you every time I’m in CRACKER BARREL. You have always been part of my joy of eating out for the day, and for that I THANK YOU!!! God blessed you with a very kind heart. Sad not being around people like you, but I honestly miss your kindness. See you when it’s my turn to be with our Lord!!

  • Guest: Janice K Cobb

    From: Marion, IL, Illinois

    Date: May 24, 2021

    Deepest sympathy to Kay’s family. Kay was a sweetheart and always had a smile on her face. I would see her when I went to the Cracker Barrell. Rest in peace.