CREAL SPRINGS — Carolyn Sue Moake, 82, passed away Tuesday, March 12, 2019, at Medical City Arlington Hospital in Arlington, Texas.
Sue was born on Tuesday, July 14, 1936, in Herrin, the daughter of Ralph and Edna Harris. She was educated in Southern Illinois, graduating from Marion Township High School and attended Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.
Sue married her high school sweetheart, Milton Dale Moake, on Tuesday, April 3, 1956, in San Antonio, Texas. Sue and Dale shared 61 wonderful years of marriage until his death on Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017.
Sue proudly traveled the world for 30 years as the wife of a U.S. Air Force Officer. She was very involved in the Officers' Wives' Club in which she was elected the youngest president in its history, making her family proud.
After many different home addresses across the country, it was time to retire. Sue and Dale returned to Southern Illinois and settled on a beautiful point on the Lake of Egypt in Creal Springs. It is there they watched many beautiful sunrises. Sue was always very active. In her youth, she rode her own horses and would ride her bike with friends all over Marion. Sue traveled the world and even rode elephants in Africa. She enjoys antiquing, gardening, playing cards, completing crossword puzzles, reading and spending time with friends and family. She was a loving wife, mother, daughter, and sister.
She is survived by her brother, Willis Harris; her four children, Debbie Shroyer, Kim Tomasetti, Sandy DiBari, and Steve Moake; seven grandchildren, Madeleine Shroyer, Meredith Shroyer, Lauren Tomasetti, Danielle Tomasetti Corapcioglu, Justin Tomasetti, Alexandra DiBari Smithey, John Thomas DiBari; great-grandchild, Elliott Moake Smithey; sons-in-law, John Shroyer, David Tomasetti, John DiBari; grandchildren-in-law, Hakan Corapcioglu, Sierra Tomasetti, Derek Smithey.
In the words of the family, "We will miss Sue/Mom/Mema, but will cherish our fond memories as we celebrate her long and happy life. She will remain an inspiration to all who knew her for her kind, gentle strength."
Arrangements have been entrusted to Wilson-McReynolds Funeral Home, 900 N. Court St., Marion. The time of visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 23, at the funeral home. Following the time of visitation the funeral service will be at 1 p.m. with family members presiding. There will be a private graveside committal service in Rose Hill Cemetery of Marion.
For those who prefer memorial contributions may be made to Fisher House Foundation (a military family charity) and mailed in care of Wilson-McReynolds Funeral Home, 900 N. Court St., Marion, IL 62959. Memorial envelopes will also be available at the funeral home.
For complete family information or leave an online condolence of memory, visit www.wilsonmcreynolds.com or for more information call the funeral home at 618-993-2131.