Katherine Marie Soule
Katherine Marie Soule, 58, of Mt. Vernon died 7:45 a.m. June 12, 2003, at
her home. She had worked as checker and receiving manager for Martin Food Store.
Mrs. Soule was born April 4, 1945, in Charleston, S.C. to Esmond and Eunice
(Crosby) Smoak. She married Merle Soule Nov. 1, 1971, in Portsmouth, Va.; he survives.
Funeral services will beheld 1 p.m. Sunday at Hughey Funeral Home. The Revs.
David Houseworth and Dale Burzynski will officiate. Burial will follow at Hopewell
Cemetery in rural Jefferson County. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the
In addition to her husband, Mrs. Soule is survived by her mother, Eunice Smoak of
Walterboro, S.C.; sons Mark Soule and wife Susan of Eureka, Kan., Tim Soule and wife
Kristy of Towanda, Kan., Ed Soule and wife Tammy of Mt. Vernon, Duane Soule and wife
Kendra of Bluford, Chris Soule of Lakeland, Fla., Jerry Soule of Mt. Vernon and James Shelby
of Mt. Vernon; daughters Sandy Soule of Seattle, Wash., Sherry Stapleford and husband
David of Eureka, Kan., Sarah Graham and husband Matt of Rosehill, Kan., Rita Cornett and
husband Kevin of Eureka, Kan., Robin Bethard and husband Wendell of Mt. Vernon, Gwen Allen
and husband Todd of Bonnie, Kellie Firlely and husband Mike of Beloit, Kan., and Gina Hardiek
of Mt. Vernon; 34 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; brothers Carol Smoak of Islandton, S.C.,
James Smoak and wife Linda of Walterboro, S.C., Danny Smoak and wife Kathy of Walterboro, S.C.,
and Joe Smoak of Walterboro, S.C.; a sister, Mary Hickman and husband Walter of Walterboro,
S.C.; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her father; a great-granddaughter, Anastasia Bethard; a niece,
Naomi Smoak; and a nephew, Matt Alongi.
Mrs. Soule had been a foster parent for 25 years. She was a beloved mother and grandmother
and was greatly loved by her family.
For those who wish, memorials may be made to the Hospice of Southern Illinois, the American
Cancer Society, or the American Heart Association and will be accepted at the funeral home
or may be mailed to Hughey Funeral Home, P.O. Box 721, Mt. Vernon, IL 62864. Arrangements
have been entrusted to the care of Hughey Funeral Home, where you may call 242-3348 for
obituary information at any time.
Submitted by: Ken Richardson