Carolyn J. Millhorn, 89


Carolyn Joan Millhorn, 89, of Bettendorf, IA, died from natural causes on July 15, 2020, with her beloved children by her side.

Per her wishes, there will be no formal memorial service. Cremation rites were accorded and a private burial ceremony will be held in Oak Grove Cemetery in Hillsboro in early fall. McGinnis-Chambers Funeral Home in Bettendorf, IA, is assisting the family.

Mrs. Millhorn was born March 4, 1931, in Litchfield, to Ira W. “Jim” and Winifred Lilian (McLain) White. She married Edward Millhorn in 1951,  and he preceded her in death in 2018 after 63 years of marriage.

She graduated from Hillsboro High School in 1948, and later attended Milliken College in Decatur. Following her marriage, she and her husband lived in Hillsboro before moving to Bettendorf, IA, in 1989.

Mrs. Millhorn was an accomplished artist and musician, having 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. Prior to her retirement, she spent several years as a crime reporter, covering court and police news for Montgomery County and the surrounding area.

Mrs. Millhorn 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.

She is survived by her two children, Sally (husband Mike) Worden of Bettendorf, IA, and James Edward (wife Maria) Millhorn of La Paz, Bolivia; five grandchildren, Melissa Brown, Nathan Sweet, Benjamin Sweet, Carolyn Millhorn and Anna Worden; five great-grandchildren, Addison Millhorn, Gino Buttitta, Jimmy Buttitta, Jensen Sweet and Easton Sweet; and nieces and nephew, Mary Catherine Contratto, Karen Brunetto, both of Gillespie, and David Rinker of Virden.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to CASI New Horizons band.

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