Carolyn Jean Jennings, 83, of Metropolis, passed away at 11:15 a.m. on Monday morning, Sept. 9, 2019 at Metropolis Rehabilitation and Health Care Center.
Born May 6, 1936 in Dixon Springs, the youngest of nine children born to Vessa Logan "Pete Ditterline and Louisa Smith Ditterline, Mrs. Jennings was a 1953 graduate of the Pope County Community High School. She was employed by the Good Luck Glove Co., Nationwide Glove Co. and Laidlaw Corp. Throughout these years, she made many friends with whom she shared fond memories.
Carolyn battled and beat small cell lung cancer in 2012 through treatments and "giving up cigarettes cold turkey." The cancer returned in October 2018. Her decision was to take no further treatments. Through God and her own toughness, she endured.
Survivors include her children, Debbie Hillebrand and husband Danny and Pam Ford, all of Metropolis, Eric Jennings of Simpson, Kevin Jennings and wife Donna of Grantsburg and Brian Jennings and wife Gera of Cape Girardeau, Missouri; her grandchildren, Cassie Graves, Corey Hillebrand and wife Heather, Jeanetta Ford, Steven Jennings, Sara Jennings and Nicholas, Wyatt, Megan and Natalie Jennings; her great grandchildren, Ashton and Destiny McDuffee, Selena Graves, Bailey and Layla Hillebrand, Lucas Evetts, Kristina Jennings and Elliot Flach; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Sharon Lynne Jennings; four brothers, Hollace, Hillis, Neal "Junior" and Lowell Ditterline; four sisters, Bea Shoemaker, Verda Ragain, Phyllis Thompson and Amy Wright.
A graveside service was held Thursday, Sept. 12 at Nelson Cemetery near Grantsburg with Pastor David Wright officiating.
Bailey Funeral Home of Vienna was in charge of arrangements.