Cathy Perry passed away peacefully at 4:00 PM on August 02, 2023, at Cornerstone Rehabilitation and Health Care Center in Peoria Heights, IL. Cathy was born in Monmonth, IL on August 8, 1954, to Catherine (Irene) Link (Lant) and Ivan Lant. She was the oldest of 7 siblings. She is survived by her siblings Craig Lant of Macomb, IL; Iva Carlson (Lant) of Biggsville, IL; Loretta Rountree (Lant) of Burlington, IA and Lyle Lant of Stronghurst, IL. Debra Ann Lant and Lola Lant preceded her in death.
Cathy grew up in Media, IL where her family owned and operated a local restaurant. Cathy moved to Texas shortly after her children were born in the early 1980’s. They lived there until 1993 where she held many jobs as a cook, gas station manager, salesclerk, manager of Country Club Wine and Beverage and as a crossing guard for her children’s school. Cathy and her children moved back to Illinois in 1993 to be near family. Cathy and her children resided in Roseville, IL for 20+ years and she held many jobs as a dietary aide, a cook, and as an EMT B in Roseville, IL, spent many years working the kitchen at Farmland in Monmouth, IL amongst others. Her favorite place to work though was as the Kitchen Manager for The Pier 415 prior to it flooding and closing. She felt most accomplished as an EMT-B.
In 2005, Cathy was married to Clifford (Cliff, Unk) Eugene Perry who preceded her in death in 2006. Although their time together was too short, Cliff was the love of her life. They lived in love and laughter in Oquawka, IL.
Outside of work, you would often find Cathy with friends or her daughter at karaoke. She loved to sing, especially in the style of Patsy Cline. Cathy also loved to go to Bingo and one of her favorite places to go was the Eagles Club in Oquawka, IL.
Cathy would tell anyone and everyone that the most important and best thing she ever did in this world was raise her two children. Cathy is survived by her two children Joshua Anthony Villarreal of Creve Coeur, IL and Jamie Aleyce Villarreal of Youngsville, NC.
There are not any services planned at this time. Cathy’s wish was not to have a funeral or memorial service. Her wishes were instead, to allow some time for family and friends to grieve and then come together to celebrate her life with a party. Her children would like to express that she was loved deeply and that they will honor her wishes.
In lieu of any flowers, there has been a memorial fund set up for diabetes research at the American Diabetes Association. The link to Cathy's page is http://main.diabetes.org/goto/CathySPerry