July 5, 1955 - August 6, 2020
Cathy Sue Eller was born on July 5, 1955 in Kankekee, IL to Elaine A Puff and Wilford ‘Slim’ Eller and was reunited with her loved ones on August 6, 2020 with loving friends at her side. Kankakee is a small rural town about an hour outside of Chicago, IL. Cathy attended St Paul Lutheran School as a child and graduated from Clifton Central High School. She went on to attain her Associate Degree in Business Administration from Kankakee Community College and later received a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from the University of Phoenix. She spent her career at various organizations as an Office Manager and Executive Assistant.
She was well versed about her needs, intelligent, charming, a good conversationalist and pretty. In fact, Cathy even became a “cover girl” in the fall 2016 issue of “Golden Oldies”, the magazine of Coppell Senior Center about upcoming events. The cover featured Cathy in her bright orange hand-fashioned Halloween costume flashing her brilliant smile. She was able to carry on her normal life and never mentioned being in pain from aplastic anemia or from the various surgeries she endured to keep her alive and functioning due to a complex medical condition diagnosed in her 20’s. Her friends and others surely benefitted from her good humor and apparent well-being.
Her joys in life were her strong faith, relationships with friends and her beloved mother who came to live with her when Mother Elaine’s health declined, compounded by dementia. Cathy guided her care, making necessary and good decisions as family caregiver until Elaine passed away in 2015. Another joy was her strong interest in fashion and sewing which enabled her to use her creativity to always look her best and help others by being in church and community quilting and sewing groups of Coppell, Texas and Farmers Branch, Texas, donating their products to those in need.
Many people love their pets, especially dogs. She was one of them with favorites over the years being Tryxie and Lily, her latest and a rescue dog, being prime. One could often find Cathy volunteering in the church office with Lily assisting.
Cathy was a giver in helping friends through her church and Senior Centers and helping her mother and pets and even choosing her own health options. As she recently told a friend, “With aplastic anemia patients needing a certain treatment and coronavirus patients needing it too, I have decided to quit my same treatments, which are not helping me heal, and let others have the opportunity to heal.”
Cathy’s name is forever remembered because she etched it in new cement in front of her house, where she lived for 25 years, “CATHY, TRYXIE “07 (heart)”. She loved without ceasing and will be dearly missed by her church family and friends. Cathy, rest in God’s tender care, with your loved ones.
Cathy is survived by brother John R Eller, wife Nancy, of Washington State and their three children: John A. Eller of Washington, Michael Eller of Arizona and Retta Eller of Illinois.
Rejoice Lutheran Church of Coppell, Texas will hold a memorial service in Cathy’s honor on Wednesday, August 26, 2020 at 11:00 AM and will broadcast the service on Facebook Live through their Facebook page.
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