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Carolyn Anease Cessna, 82, of Potomac

Carolyn Anease Cessna, 82, of Potomac, passed away at 10:25 p.m. Saturday, January 7, 2023, at OSF Heart of Mary Medical Center, in Urbana.

Carolyn was born on April 10, 1940, in Florence, Alabama, the daughter of Gip Spencer and Eula Mae (Simpson) Thigpen.  She married Thomas Elder in 1957 and he preceded her in death in 1960.  She later married David Cessna on October 19, 1962, in Albany, Georgia.  He survives.

She is also survived by five sons- Ricky Elder of Potomac, Cleatus Elder of Potomac, Randy (Shelly) Cessna of Potomac, Keith Cessna of Potomac and Chris (Heidi) Cessna of San Diego, California; twelve grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren with another on the way; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband-Thomas Elder, step-father- Everett Proffitt, step-mother- Edna “Dink” Thigpen, two brothers- Robert “Bobby” and Alton Thigpen and sister-in-law/best friend- Eloise Thigpen.

She attended TM Rogers High School.  She was a past member of Hope United Church of Christ.  She worked for the Potomac Post Office and in home health care for several years.  She enjoyed flowers, gardening, canning and spending time with her children and grandchildren.  The Cessna home was always the drop in house for coffee, playing cards or just to visit.  Their door was always open to everyone.

A Celebration of Carolyn’s Life will be at 2:00 p.m. Friday, January 13, 2023, at Blurton Funeral Home, in Potomac, with Pastor Randy Holden officiating.  Visitation will be from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Friday, at the funeral home.  Burial will follow the service in the Potomac Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to the Potomac Food Pantry.  The family has entrusted the Blurton Funeral Home to assist them in honoring Carolyn’s life.  Condolences may be shared with the family on her everlasting memorial page at:


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