Kathleen Ellen Oakley
Kathleen Ellen Oakley of Pine Island passed away on April 6, 2021, after a brief illness. Her large family will miss her and her one-of-a-kind personality.
Kathy is survived by her husband, Dennis, and her five children, son Tim, daughters Kimberly, Robin (Mike), Carla, and Monica (Dylan), grandchildren Zachary, Brittany, Andrew, Troy, Rilea, Peyton, Reegan, Emerson, and Aidyn, great-grandchildren Myles, Briella, Isaiah, and Ja’Ziah, her brothers Ray (Wendy), Bobby (KiAn), Kerry (Linda), and sister Betty, brothers-in-law Spero (Cindy) and Timmy (Laura) as well as many nieces, nephews, and great friends that she loved dearly. She was preceded in death by her parents Edward and Mary Elizabeth Hughes, her brother Paul, and two granddaughters Sarah and Emily.
Born in Rochester, Pennsylvania, in 1948, Kathy was raised in Monaca, Pennsylvania, and lived there much of her life until moving to Pine Island, Florida, in 1989. Affectionately known to most as “Ms. Kathy,” she spent over thirty years operating a home daycare. She helped raise many of Pine Island’s young children, including her own grandchildren, whom she loved endlessly. Although Ms. Kathy’s favorite time of day was nap time, the kids liked the creative lunches she would come up with for them and pool time. It must be said that many of those children that attended her daycare continued to be “Ms. Kathy’s kids” long after they grew up and after she retired. Caitlin, Jessica, Kaitlin, Tori, Brittany, Morgan, and Logan remained an important part of her life long after being too old for daycare and were like family to her.
Kathy created many memories and had special times with family and friends over the years. One of her fondest memories was a trip to Alaska that she took with her siblings several years ago. She will be remembered for her ability to find humor in any situation, for her love of playing bingo with MaryLou and Regina, her obsession with Elvis, and her rule of, “Never leave the house without lipstick,” which she could always put on without a mirror. She also loved dolphins and had the opportunity to live out her dream of getting to swim with one as she had always hoped. Some of her favorite memories are the years she spent with her close friends on Mother’s Day cruises and dressing up as different characters for Halloween. She also loved the evenings she would spend laughing with her “other friends,” Blanche, Rose, Dorothy, and Sophia. Kathy also loved attending her sister’s annual Memorial Day picnic in Pennsylvania and visiting and spending time with her friends of over forty years, Clark and Donna of Jupiter, Florida.
The family is grateful for the love and support they have received. Services will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to De LaSalle Academy, 6401 Techster Boulevard, Fort Myers, Florida 33966.