Lou Ann Sykes, age 80, of the Glendale Community, passed away December 20, 2017 at the Rosiclare Rehabilitation and Health Care Center in Rosiclare, IL.
She was born June 7, 1937 to the late Sherdain and Irene Penn Johnson Smith in Dale, IL. Lou Ann graduated from McLeansboro High School in 1955 and that same year married Jack Boaz who preceded her in death in 1980. In 1987, she married Murlin “Red” Sykes who preceded her in death in 2016. Lou Ann began working as a school bus driver for Pope Co. Community Unit District #1 in 1973 and retired in December 2011. She attended the Glendale United Methodist Church and was a member of the Eddyville Order of the Eastern Star. Lou Ann loved flowers and gardening.
Lou Ann is survived by daughter, Kim (Steve) Cagle of Golconda, IL; two granddaughters, Jennah Cagle of Metropolis, IL, Grace Cagle (fiancé Jordan Parr) of Glendale, IL; great grandson, Kevin Gerald Parr of Glendale, IL; sister, Sue (Tommy) Simmons of Ledbetter, KY; two brother in law, Joe (Southy) Boaz of Glendale, IL; Bob Rich of Madison, KY; sister in law, Pat Smith of Jacksonville, FL.; nephews and nieces, Dennis (Tamy) Boaz of Eddyville, IL, Carolyn (Rick) McPherson of Grand Rivers, KY, Bob Boaz of Glendale, IL, Sheri Boaz (Mark) Brown of Aurora, IL, Bruce (Teresa) Rich of Evansville, IN, Scott Wenzel of Glendale, IL, Sheri (Wayne) Ryan of Ledbetter, KY; numerous great nieces, nephews and great-great nieces.
She was preceded in death by three siblings, Faye Lingerfelter, Delbert Smith and Lois Jean Rich.
Funeral rites given by the Eddyville Order of the Eastern Star Chapter 1007 will begin at 7:00 pm Friday, December 22, 2017 at Aly Funeral Home in Eddyville, IL followed by Pastor Michael Shearer who will conduct the service. Visitation will be from 5:00 till 7:00 pm.
Memorials may be made to: Hospice of Southern Illinois, 204 Halfway Rd, Marion, IL 62959 or M*A*S*H 62938, PO Box 673, Golconda, IL 62938 or Rosiclare Rehabilitation and Health Care Center, Attn: activity department, 55 Ferrell Rd, Rosiclare, IL 62982.