Mae Ella Cagle

Mae Ella Cagle was born December 4, 1929 in Number Nine, Arkansas to the late James and Minnie Qualls-Kirby. She met and married Thurman Cagle, Sr. in 1948. Mrs. Cagle was the mother of twelve children. In the early 1960s the family moved to Caruthersville, MO.

Mae Ella was a passionate lover of Christ. She was baptized at an early age and was a faithful member of St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church until becoming more restricted by her health. She served as a Dr. Watts singer and a mother of the church under the leadership of Rev. H.L. Taylor and Rev. J.T. Spicer.

Mae never met a stranger. Whenever she saw someone in need, she wouldn’t hesitate to help in whatever way she could. She would always put others before herself. Anytime you saw her, she had a smile on her face and most likely a grand or great-grandchild by her side. Her love for her family, especially the kids has played a huge roll in raising many generations.

Our dearly beloved mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend went to be with the Lord peacefully on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 with her devoted daughter Carol by her side. She was proceeded in death by her parents (James and Minnie Kirby), three brothers (James “Son” Kirby, Jr., L.C. “Preacher” Kirby, M.L. Kirby), three sisters (Sarah Kirby-Jennings, Eula Kirby-Taylor, Kay Francis Kirby), two sons (Terry Cagle and Robert Kirby), and one grandson (Leslie “Les” Cagle). She leaves to cherish her memory, one sister, Katherine (Niki) Cobb (Oklahoma City), ten children: Thurman Cagle, Jr., Dorothea Cagle, Joe (Patricia) Cagle, Troy Cagle, Mary (James) Washington, Cheryl Cagle, Carol Cagle, all of Caruthersville, Don Cagle (Hayti), Jerry Cagle and Anthony Cagle (Indianapolis), 28 grandchildren, 59 great grandchildren, 6 great-great grandchildren, a very special care giver, Carol Young and a host of family and friends. She will forever by missed, loved, and cherisher.

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