Kathleen Ellen Oakley
November 28, 1948 – April 6, 2021
Kathleen Ellen Oakley, 72, 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.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Kathleen Ellen Oakley
Mary Lou Long
April 11, 2021
Where to begin Kathy was one of a kind. She was kind, giving, and a great friend. She was always there for me and anyone that needed help or just to talk to. There is soooo many great memories of her that I could share, they have been going through my head. Kathy loved life and loved having fun and we sure did. Between the Mothers Day Cruises, Key West, playing bingo, or just hanging out at her house . She knew how to turn your worst days into laughs. I am honored to have Kathy as a great friend, miss her terribly, but I know she is out of pain and is still watching over all of us. You will never be forgotten, Miss and Love You Kathy till we meet again!!!
April 9, 2021
Ms. Kathy was very dear to me and my daughter, Aleya. She will always be remembered and missed very much. She was loved by many including us and we will hold our memories of her close to our hearts.
April 9, 2021
What a beautifully written tribute.
Days at Ms. Kathy’s were indeed some of my favorite childhood times. There are many, many memories I hold on to.
Yes, her lunches were so tasty!
I even still enjoy her recipes with my family. But I especially miss how when I grew older, had a daughter of my own, (whom she watched for a small time) and I would pick her up and have ‘girl talk’ with Ms. Kathy. Actual adult conversation; considering she had part in raising me since “the little building on the corner of Birdsong”. It is bittersweet.
She will be a dear memory of mine forever. My deepest thoughts are with everyone.
Blessings to all<3