SALEM — Carolyn L. Weems passed into the glory of heaven surrounded in a full room at her home with her loving family on Tuesday, June 23, 2020. Carolyn loved her family and spent her whole life as a dedicated Christian in the love of family and Church. She loved all of 30 Grandchildren and 4 Great Grandchildren of all knew her as Nana of which she could recite all their names and birth dates by memory. She loved the outdoors where in the summer you would always find her tending to her flowers, planting in the garden and camping. She truly loved the outdoors and viewed springtime with the blooming of new flowers as a joyous look of new life. She loved to have family get-togethers, taking pictures of her grandkids and loved to brag about her grandkids. Carolyn devoted her complete life to her family and church where her legacy will live on in the many lives she touched. She was truly an instrument for the Lord and taught Sunday school for many years, sang in the church choir, played the piano and in her later years, she presented the children’s moment every Sunday morning at Zion Hill Baptist Church. She loved southern gospel music of which could always be heard playing in her car and house. She loved the color pink, angels, crocheting and was very crafty in making and refurbishing items to look new again. She loved a good bargain and loved to go to garage sales and resale shops where her finds were new treasures and gifts for others.
Carolyn is survived by her loving husband, Jesse Weems, of 32 years, a Mother in law Debbie Swain, Sister Donna Norris, Brothers David Swain, Tim Swain and Johnny Johnson. Her children Jeremi Savin and wife Angela, Holly Tate and husband Gary, Matthew Savin and wife Ambrosia and Brian Weems and wife Victoria. Step Children Jesse Weems, James Weems and Misty White and husband Gary; grandchildren Julianna Savin, Arielle Savin, Maeleigh Savin, Madelaina Savin, Jeremi Savin III (JT), Avonlea Savin, Nicholas Savin with fiancée Mya (Joliff), Emily Barton with husband Dustin, Victoria Tate, Cody Tate, Olivia Savin, Alexander Tate, Trinity Savin, Noah Savin, Adam Savin, Faith Savin, Damien Weems, Natasha Weems, Natalie Weems, Harley Weems, Dean Weems, Jessica Weems, Alex Weems, Stephanie Weems, Joshua Weems, Brett Weems, Brandon Weems and Britney Weems; great-grandkids Kinleigh, Benson, Penelope and Kane. Nephew Kyle Norris with wife Rebekah and Nieces Karah Swain and Sarah Swain.
She was born July 2, 1951, in Kansas City, Mo., the daughter of Clarence Swain and Evelyn Walker (Fisher) and graduated High School in 1969 in Vandalia, Illinois. Carolyn had three children from her first marriage and moved from Vandalia to Salem, Illinois in 1988 where she married Jesse Weems on February 20, 1988. Together, Carolyn and Jesse had two children.
She was preceded in death by her parents Clarence Swain and Evelyn Walker (Fisher), first husband Michael Savin, daughter April Savin, Son Mark E. Weems, grandson Jeremi Savin Jr., and granddaughter Adrienne Savin and her special Uncle Rody Swain.
Funeral services will be 12 o’clock noon, Saturday at the Sutherland-Rankin Funeral Home in Salem with burial to follow in the Antioch Cemetery, Centralia, Illinois. Public visiting hours will be from 11 a.m. until the service hour on Saturday.
Memorials may be made to Zion Hill Baptist Church and will be accepted by the Sutherland-Rankin Funeral Home, 310 N. Broadway, P.O. Box 97, Salem, Illinois 62881 618-548-1234, entrusted with the family’s care.
Online condolences may be left at sutherlandfuneralhome.com.