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Carolyn Millhorn

March 4, 1931 — July 15, 2020

Carolyn Joan Millhorn passed away from natural causes on July 15, 2020 with her beloved children by her side.

Carolyn was born to the late Ira W. “Jim” White and Winifred Lilian McLain White in Litchfield, Illinois on March 4, 1931.  Carolyn graduated from Hillsboro High School in 1948.  She later attended Milliken College in Decatur, Illinois.

She married the late Edward Millhorn in 1951, and they lived together in Hillsboro, Illinois until moving to Bettendorf, Iowa in 1989.

Carolyn is survived by two children:  Sally Worden (husband Mike) of Bettendorf, Iowa and James Edward Millhorn (wife Maria) of La Paz, Bolivia.

Carolyn is also survived by five grandchildren: Melissa Brown, Nathan Sweet, Benjamin Sweet, Carolyn Millhorn and Anna Worden.  She leaves five great-grandchildren: Addison Millhorn, Gino Buttitta, Jimmy Buttitta, Jensen Sweet and Easton Sweet.

She also leaves her much loved nieces and nephews:  Mary Catherine Contratto of Gillespie, Illinois; Karen Brunetto of Gillespie, Illinois; and David Rinker of Virden, Illinois.

Carolyn was preceded in death by her husband Ed in 2018 after 63 years of marriage.

Carolyn was an accomplished artist and musician. She played the flute for many years with the CASI New Horizons band.

She was also a prolific writer and made a career as a feature columnist for the Montgomery County News in Hillsboro, Illinois.  Prior to her retirement, she spent several years as a crime reporter covering court and police news for Montgomery County and the surrounding area.

Carolyn was immensely proud of her children and leaves behind nothing but beautiful and happy memories.  As her health declined, she never lost her wit and sense of humor.  She had a great love for her friends and caregivers at The Fountains in Bettendorf, her last home.

Carolyn’s wishes were for no formal memorial service.  Her remains will be cremated, and burial will be in the early fall at Oak Grove Cemetery in Hillsboro, Illinois.  A private ceremony will be held with family attending.

Carolyn’s family asks that those wishing to honor her life may make their gifts to CASI in lieu of flowers.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting Carolyn’s obituary at

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