Mildred M. Carroll

Born: Tue., Mar. 28, 1933
Died: Thu., Aug. 29, 2019


5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Tue., Sep. 03, 2019
Location: Niebur Funeral Home

Funeral Service

3:00 PM Wed., Sep. 04, 2019
Location: Niebur Funeral Home

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Mildred M. Carroll, age 86, of Pittsfield, Illinois passed away on Thursday, August 29, 2019 at Landmark Hospital in Columbia, Missouri. Millie was born March 28, 1933 in Hamburg, Illinois to Lena “Ola” Grover Sibley and John Grover. On October 2, 1970, she was united in marriage to James “Jim” Carroll in Batchtown, Illinois.

Millie was the youngest of ten children. She graduated from Hardin High School in 1950. Before her marriage to Jim, she worked as a switchboard operator for ten years in Jacksonville, Illinois. When she lived in Jacksonville, she played golf and belonged to a women’s golf league. She and Jim owned and managed rental property in Pittsfield from 1970 to 1998. For a time, she also cleaned offices at Callender’s Construction. However, her true passion was being a devoted wife and homemaker. She took pride in caring for their home, keeping everything organized and spotless, and decorated according to the season. She was a classy dresser who loved to wear beautiful scarves, pins, and jewelry. And, she made certain that her husband looked sharp as well… keeping their clothes pressed to perfection.

Millie and Jim both grew up in Hamburg and knew each other during their youth. As young adults they moved away but were reacquainted twenty years later. One day, after Jim moved back to Hamburg, he saw Millie standing on her mother’s porch across the alley from where he lived, and he asked her out to dinner. She agreed, and they started dating and remained together from that day forward. Shortly after they married, they moved to Pittsfield, Illinois. They never spent a night apart except for hospital stays due to illness, in which they still saw each other every day.

After her husband retired from Panhandle Eastern Pipeline in 1986, Millie and Jim traveled all over the United States in their motorhome. They traveled through most states and also took several trips on guided tour coaches. For eighteen years, they enjoyed life as snowbirds and spent their winters in Texas. During this time in the 1990s, one of her hobbies was adorning hats and t-shirts with beads and glitter. She also enjoyed spending hours beachcombing for sand dollars while Jim surf fished in Aransas Pass, Texas. In 2005, they moved back to Illinois permanently. Jim and Millie enjoyed the beauty and peace of the country in a new home on Millie's stepdaughter and stepson-in-law's farm in rural Pittsfield. For much of her adult life, one of her favorite pastimes was playing card games like SkipBo, UNO, and crazy rummy with family and friends. For the last fourteen years, she and her husband attended the New Hartford Christian Church.

Over the past fifteen years, Millie dealt with a disabling vision condition (macular degeneration) and also wore hearing aids, but she did not let this stop her from enjoying life. She still found a way to enjoy her passion for reading. Armed with her glasses and lighted magnifying glass, she continued to read mystery books, the weekly Pike Press, and the news on her iPad. Even though she had a difficult time seeing and hearing in large groups, she attended family gatherings, great-grandchildren’s piano recitals, plays, and other events. She looked forward to monthly get-togethers with her sister Geneva and three of her first cousins. She really enjoyed their last visit in July at her cousin’s home in Alton, Illinois. She wrote daily entries in her diary for many years. Her last diary entry was dated Saturday, August 10th, which was the day before she was rushed to the emergency room in Pittsfield.

Millie is survived by her loving husband, James “Jim” Carroll; sister, Geneva Sevier; numerous nieces and nephews; four stepchildren, Sam (Carolyn) Carroll of Pittsfield, IL, Larry (Shelley) Carroll of Pleasant Hill, IL, Lisa Brown of Pittsfield, IL, and Christy Wood of Pittsfield, IL; fifteen step-grandchildren, Tammy (Greg) Sherman, Tim (Carrie) Carroll, Aaron Carroll, Tara (Brian) Dolbeare, Ransom (Poom) Carroll, Brady (Jamie) Carroll, Mallory (Adam) Willen, Chris Carroll,  Melisha (John) Thomas, Owen Lacy (Melissa) Brown, Ryan (Collyn) Brown, April (Jordan) Dunn, Jacob (Krissy) Brown, Sherri (Darin) White, Jessica Bolton, Russell (Nessa) Wood; thirty-nine step-great-grandchildren; two step-great-great-grandchildren.

Millie was preceded in death by her parents, John Grover and Lena Grover Sibley; stepfather, John Sibley; brothers, Clarence, Leonard, Earl, Charles, Norman, and Edwin Grover; sisters, Velma Graham and Kathleen Graham; stepson-in-law, Owen Brown, Jr.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, September 4, 2019 at 3:00 PM at Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfield. Interment will follow at Pittsfield West Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to New Hartford Christian Church. Online condolences may be left to the family at Niebur Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Charitable donations may be made in Mildred's memory to the following organization:

New Hartford Christian Church

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Jerry and Yvonne Grover
   Posted Sat August 31, 2019
Luckily we got to visit with Aunt Millie this summer. We will miss her ready laugh and constant concern for others.

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