Peterson Funeral Chapel

Carolyn Jean Pilkerton, 83, went to be with he Lord on December 23, 2021 while at Mercy Hospital Aurora following a short illness.


Carolyn was born to Clifford and Ethel Christian on November 19, 1938 in Richmond, CA. Throughout her youth, she was a member of Rainbow Girls. She became a dental assistant for 30 plus years and volunteered abundantly throughout her community. Carolyn was an active member in her sorority, Beta Sigma Phi for 65 years. She also spent time volunteering at the gift shop at Mercy Hospital Aurora and Friends of the Library.


​Carolyn met her first husband, David Ellis in high school and married in 1959. They had two children, Leonard and Sheryl. David and Carolyn enjoyed dancing together. Carolyn married her second husband, Bobby Pilkerton in 1987.


In addition to being a dedicated and loving mother, Carolyn also enjoyed jewelry, purses, shoes, reading, watching Hallmark movies and spending time with her grandchildren. While raising her children, she was known for her homemade chocolate chip cookies.


Throughout her entire life, she held an unwavering faith in God, which she shared with those who surrounded her. Carolyn was a member of the First Baptist Church in Aurora.


Carolyn joins her loved ones in Heaven, including her father, Clifford Christian; mother, Ethel Christian; first husband, David Ellis; second husband, Bobby Pilkerton; and grandson, Jimmy Pendergrass.


She is survived by her two children, Leonard Ellis (Channy) of Springfield, MO. and Sheryl Horn (Barry) of Aurora, MO.;  sister, Claudia Fry of Clayton, CA.; brother, Clifford Christian (Cheri) of Bellingham, WA.; 6 grandchildren, Deana Castro (Rey), Jason Davis, Nicole McKnight (Kelby),  Kimberly Hull (Jared), James Ellis and Kellielee Elllis; 7 great-grandchildren, Brittany Gaston (Cody), Tiffany Moore, Caylum Davis, Shaylee Davis, Reagan Liebl, Gunner Hull and Hudson Hull; 8 great-great-grandchildren, Myles Gaston, Kellen Gaston, Brett Gaston, Aiden Ackerman, Keian Hoth, Treyson Hoth, Ezekiel Hoth and Kahlani Shaw; 5 nieces; 4 nephews; and several great nieces and nephews.


Graveside services will be held Friday, January 7 at 2:00 p.m. at the Springfield National Cemetery. Arrangements are under the care of Peterson Funeral Chapel.


Visitation will be held Thursday from 6-8 p.m. in the Aurora First Baptist Church.


​Memorials may be made to Friends of the Library in care of the funeral home.