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Age 51, of Gardner, Illinois, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, June 10, 2022 at SSM Health St. Clare Hospital in Fenton, Missouri.
Born May 19, 1971 in Joliet, IL, Kali Sue is the daughter of Thomas Andrew and Karen Sue (Anderson) Perkins. Kali attended Eastern Illinois University where she was active in the Alpha Gamma Delta Sorority. For many years she worked at Harrah’s Casino and also bartended for various establishments, most recently the The Rustic in Wilmington. Kali was a running enthusiast having completed the Chicago Marathon and qualified for the Boston Marathon. She loved sewing, decorating her house for all holidays, and driving her squared eyed Jeep. Kali loved animals and had many pets throughout her life. She enjoyed vacation’s, especially all her trips to the Ozark’s. Kali was a devoted mother who placed her kids above all else and was always bragging about how beautiful they were. She loved hanging with her dad at the shop, and her green thumb proved helpful in assisted her mother to tend to her plants and succulents. Kali was dearly loved by so many and her infectious and vivacious spirit will be deeply missed.
Survivors include her parents, Tom and Karen Perkins of Gardner; five children: Kasteel Croy (Theo Hassim) of Boston, Calvin Croy of Gardner, Koli Croy of Springfield, MO, and Cade Croy and Cree Croy both of Gardner; two brothers: Todd Perkins (Mandi Womack-Beasley) of Gardner and Tyler Perkins of Las Vegas; three aunts: Kay Jensen, Karla Anderson and Pat Weiskop; two uncles: Danny (Janet) Anderson of Gardner and Jim (Mary) Perkins of Dwight; her great aunt, Joyce Perkins of Gardner; sister-in-law, Dena (John Pochervina) Croy of Arizona; special friend Randy Demierre of Bourbonnais, as well as, numerous cousins including her special cousin, Gena (Chris) Hillman of Minnesota, who was like a sister.
Kali was preceded in death by her former husband and father to her children Matthew Croy; grandparents Willard “Bud” and Dorothy Perkins and Lester “Chinny” and Hulda Anderson, and one uncle, David Anderson.
The family will receive friends for a visitation on Wednesday, June 15, 2022 between the hours of 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. at Reeves Funeral Home, 203 Liberty Street in Gardner. At the request of the family and in spirit of Kali’s vibrant personality, attendees are encouraged to not wear black, but rather vibrant colors to the visitation. A private family funeral service will be held with Reverend Jan Chandler officiating. Burial will take place in Braceville-Gardner Cemetery, where Kali will be laid to rest with her grandparents.
Preferred memorials in lieu of flowers may be made as gifts to Kali's family for the continued support of her children. Checks payable to "Kali Croy" may be made to the family direct or a GoFundMe has been established at GoFundMe - Kali's Kids
Family and friends are encouraged to sign the guestbook, upload photographs and share Kali’s memorial page online through social media and by logging onto www.reevesfuneral.com.
Funeral services and arrangements have been made under the direction and care of Reeves Funeral Home in Gardner. (815/237-2526)