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Carolyn Inez Avery

Carolyn Inez Avery

AVERY

Carolyn Inez Avery, 73, of Sparta, IL; born on December 7, 1948 in DuQuoin, IL the daughter of Elmer and Cleo Elizabeth (Woods) Smith; passed away on Thursday, October 6, 2022 in Sparta, IL.

She enjoyed cooking for her family.  Carolyn worked at Walmart in Sparta for over 12 years before starting a new career at Gilster Mary Lee, where she worked 11 years before retiring.  Her fried chicken and homemade fruit jello was always a treat at family events.  Carolyn was an avid sports fan and loved watching classic movies.  She was a huge St. Louis Cardinals & Blues fan.  Yadier Molina was her favorite baseball player and she was able to watch his entire career as a catcher.  When she watched basketball, she always had her eyes on Stephen Curry.  Above all else, she was a Christian that loved her family to the end.

Carolyn is survived by one daughter – Tomiko Marie Avery-Edwards of Sparta, IL; three grandchildren – Kamala Victoria Townsend of Sparta, IL, Alexis Marie Thomas of Sparta, IL, and April Tremelle Townsend of Jackson, MO; two great grandchildren – Aymani Townsend of Sparta, IL and Jordyn McGill of Sparta, IL; two brothers – Joseph Paul Brown of Sparta, IL and Larry E. Smith of Sparta, IL; one sister – Gloria Jean Smith of Belleville, IL.

She was preceded in death by her husband – Douglas Avery; parents; two sons – Tito Phillip Avery and Sonny Douglas Junior Avery; one great grandchild – Bella Wydeck; one brother – Lamoin Smith; one sister – Ethel Smith.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the family.

Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.heilschuessler.com.

Visitation will be held at Heil-Schuessler & Sinn Funeral Home in Sparta on Saturday, October 22, 2022 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.  Memorial services will begin at 12:00 noon with Pastor Joseph Edmonson officiating.

Heil-Schuessler & Sinn Funeral Home in Sparta, IL is in charge of arrangements

 

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  1. Kelly Hammel says:

    To the family of Carolyn Avery,

    My deepest sympathies to each of you as you mourn the loss of such a beautiful soul. I have been away from Sparta for over 30 years but still have fond memories of Carolyn and her family who always made me feel welcome.

    We would watch our husbands play softball together along with her toddler daughter, Tomiko, who kept us laughing with her adorable antics.

    They had some epic parties with great music and neighbors and friends. Lots of laughs, dancing and good times.

    We also mourned and prayed with them during the time of the devastating loss of their two infant sons.

    I have never forgotten Carolyn and am saddened by her death. But I know our heavenly Father, who loves us unceasingly, has wrapped his arms around her and is cherishing her in heaven as much as her family and friends did on earth.

    Peace, Carylon, and we’ll see you on the other side.

  2. Stacey Caldwell Gibson says:

    To Tomiko and family. You have my deepest condolences. Carolyn was a sweetheart. May you find comfort knowing she is at peace. ??❤️

  3. Kathy Boston says:

    To Tomiko and girls, i’m so very sorry for your loss… Carolyn is resting in God’s loving arms without pain,she will be missed… ❤

  4. April Tremelle Townsend says:

    Love you Grandma miss you very much I’m glad I was here to spend as much time as I did with you watching classic TV shows holding your hands praying just bring there n taking care of you (crying) why did you have to leave me it’s to hard to know your not here with us but your in heaven with the lord your save n at peace

  5. To the family of Carolyn Avery.My heart is broken over my friend Carolyn.She was such a great cook..I loved her chicken,no one seasoned like her.Carolyn was my first child’s baby sitter i had to get the best and believe me she was the best.Since i was about 6 years older than she was,we weren’t close until i moved back to Sparta.I am so glad we became friends.I loved her like a big sister would.One day i would cook and the next day she would.i am really going to miss you!God has called another Angel home.I love you Tomiko and family.Big hugs and kisses to you all!!!!

  6. Linda Boston says:

    Tomiko, I’m so sorry to hear of Carolyn’s passing. She was truly a child of God. I will always remember us playing Pokino over your grandparents house every Sunday! Dinner was always served first, then we would help clean up the kitchen! Those are Treasured memories I’ll have forever.. I loved coming to her house with Phillip having Thanksgiving dinner! Those are memories we’ll never forget! Carolyn, May you rest in heaven. Your family will Always be my family. Always showed me much love. Love you all Tomiko. God bless you all. Gone, but never forgotten.
    Sincerely, Linda Boston
    Quincy, IL

    • Linda Tripp (Morgan) says:

      Carolyn grew up across the street from my grandmother. Often when I visited we would play together – jump rope, hopscotch, hide & seek. Prayers of comfort for her family.

    • Perry Brooks says:

      Sorry for your loss, Carolyn was a nice lady,Lady, to me,we were neighbors when I was a small child,she was always friendly, she will be missed, Prayers and Hugs for you all

  7. Diana Cole says:

    To Carolyn’s family,
    I remember seeing your mom at Walmart, then had the pleasure to work with her at Gilster MaryLee. She was a joy to be around and a beautiful person. Sorry for your loss. She is going to be missed.

  8. Lela Neisler says:

    My sympathy to the family. I am so sorry to see another member of our SHS Class of 1967 pass away, as I remember Carolyn in Chorus and Future Nurses Club. She was so in love with Douglas and so very happy. I’m sorry he passed in 2005.

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  1. My sympathy to the family. I am so sorry to see another member of our SHS Class of 1967 pass away, as I remember Carolyn in Chorus and Future Nurses Club. She was so in love with Douglas and so very happy. I’m sorry he passed in 2005.

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  2. To Carolyn’s family,
    I remember seeing your mom at Walmart, then had the pleasure to work with her at Gilster MaryLee. She was a joy to be around and a beautiful person. Sorry for your loss. She is going to be missed.

    Reply
  3. Tomiko, I’m so sorry to hear of Carolyn’s passing. She was truly a child of God. I will always remember us playing Pokino over your grandparents house every Sunday! Dinner was always served first, then we would help clean up the kitchen! Those are Treasured memories I’ll have forever.. I loved coming to her house with Phillip having Thanksgiving dinner! Those are memories we’ll never forget! Carolyn, May you rest in heaven. Your family will Always be my family. Always showed me much love. Love you all Tomiko. God bless you all. Gone, but never forgotten.
    Sincerely, Linda Boston
    Quincy, IL

    Reply
    • Sorry for your loss, Carolyn was a nice lady,Lady, to me,we were neighbors when I was a small child,she was always friendly, she will be missed, Prayers and Hugs for you all

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    • Carolyn grew up across the street from my grandmother. Often when I visited we would play together – jump rope, hopscotch, hide & seek. Prayers of comfort for her family.

      Reply
  4. To the family of Carolyn Avery.My heart is broken over my friend Carolyn.She was such a great cook..I loved her chicken,no one seasoned like her.Carolyn was my first child’s baby sitter i had to get the best and believe me she was the best.Since i was about 6 years older than she was,we weren’t close until i moved back to Sparta.I am so glad we became friends.I loved her like a big sister would.One day i would cook and the next day she would.i am really going to miss you!God has called another Angel home.I love you Tomiko and family.Big hugs and kisses to you all!!!!

    Reply
  5. Love you Grandma miss you very much I’m glad I was here to spend as much time as I did with you watching classic TV shows holding your hands praying just bring there n taking care of you (crying) why did you have to leave me it’s to hard to know your not here with us but your in heaven with the lord your save n at peace

    Reply
  6. To Tomiko and girls, i’m so very sorry for your loss… Carolyn is resting in God’s loving arms without pain,she will be missed… ❤

    Reply
  7. To Tomiko and family. You have my deepest condolences. Carolyn was a sweetheart. May you find comfort knowing she is at peace. ??❤️

    Reply
  8. To the family of Carolyn Avery,

    My deepest sympathies to each of you as you mourn the loss of such a beautiful soul. I have been away from Sparta for over 30 years but still have fond memories of Carolyn and her family who always made me feel welcome.

    We would watch our husbands play softball together along with her toddler daughter, Tomiko, who kept us laughing with her adorable antics.

    They had some epic parties with great music and neighbors and friends. Lots of laughs, dancing and good times.

    We also mourned and prayed with them during the time of the devastating loss of their two infant sons.

    I have never forgotten Carolyn and am saddened by her death. But I know our heavenly Father, who loves us unceasingly, has wrapped his arms around her and is cherishing her in heaven as much as her family and friends did on earth.

    Peace, Carylon, and we’ll see you on the other side.

    Reply

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