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ASHMORE -- Cynthia “Susie” (Hamilton) Carlen, 75, of Ashmore, Illinois, passed Tuesday, January 1, 2019 at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana.

Susie was born to Jesse and Bessie (Warman) Hamilton, November 22, 1943, in Charleston, Illinois. She was married to Larry Lee Carlen and they lovingly spent the last 30 years together in Ashmore, Illinois. Known by most as Susie, she owned "The Place" in Ashmore from 1972 until she retired in 1994. She was loved by her customers and a well-respected business owner in the community. She later worked at Walmart in the Jewelry Department for seven years. During her retirement, she enjoyed antiques and jewelry, RV travels throughout the Southwest, West Coast, and many more states. But most of all she truly loved to spend time with her grand & great-grandchildren.

Susie is survived by her spouse Larry Carlen, and four children: Teresa Jewell, Jimmy (Tina) Winnett, Tommy Stine, and Jennifer (James) Myers. Step Children: Kelly (Dave) Bixler, Cindi Carlen, and Stacy (Jay) Carlen. Fourteen grandchildren, nine step-grandchildren, twenty-one great-grandchildren, and ten step-great-grandchildren and nephew Robin (Brenda) White also survive.

Her graveside funeral will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, January 5, 2019 at Fairview Cemetery, rural Kansas, with Reverend Daniel Carlen officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials in her honor may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital or St. Joseph’s Indian School. Arrangements: Caudill-King.

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