Sheila R. Caskey, 74, of Cape Girardeau died
Saturday, April 13, 2013, at Saint Francis Medical
Center in Cape Girardeau.
She was born Feb. 13, 1939, in Chicago to Raymond B.
and Grace F. Meadows Caskey.
Sheila received a bachelor of science degree in
education and master's of science degree from
Illinois State University at Normal and a Ph.D. from
She was a professor at Southeast Missouri State
University for 33 years, 19 of those as dean of
graduate studies and extended learning, retiring in
She was the founding president of the board of
trustees at Southeast Hospital College of Nursing
and Health Sciences.
She was a past member of the Higher Learning
Commission and NCATE review teams, a former member
of the Cape Girardeau Library board of trustees and
Cape Girardeau Parks and Recreation Advisory
Committee, along with having served as a Community
Council board member.
She served several years on the Lake Perry Lot
Owners board of trustees.
Sheila was the author of numerous scholarly articles
published at the state and national levels. She also
did volunteer work for AARP as a tax preparer.
Survivors include a brother, Michael Caskey of
Lincoln, Ill.; four nieces; Dawn (Toby) Garner
Waynesville, IL, Debbie (Derek) Smith, Clinton, IL,
Micole (Adam) Caskey Bloomington, IL, Marissa (Matt)
Caskey, Lincoln, IL, eight great-nieces and
great-nephews; and a very special friend, Margaret
A. Theobald of Cape Girardeau.
She was preceded in death by her parents.