Carolyn J. Hodge, 81, of Mt. Vernon, died at 5:43 A.M. Tuesday, April 24, 2018, at SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital in Mount Vernon, Illinois.
She was born May 29, 1936, in Herrin, daughter of Walter and Pearl (Baxter) Hancock. On Aug. 19, 1956, she married Merlin K. Hodge, who preceded her in death on April 1.
She was also preceded in death by her parents, and her brother, Robert Hancock, of Carterville. She is survived by her son, Brian K. Hodge, of Boulder, Colorado.
After a few early years of secretarial work in the same area school district to which her husband Merlin dedicated his career, she focused on being a devoted mother and homemaker. She also spent many decades active with local churches and affiliated charities. She was currently a member of First United Methodist Church in Mt. Vernon, was widely loved, and will be missed by all who knew her.
In accordance with her wishes, no service will be held. Hughey Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon is assisting the family with arrangements.
Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church and will be accepted at the church or the funeral home.